Most of us are victims of sedentary lifestyles, we tend to move less and sit more in one place to get things done. We spend hours stuck in traffic, we spend hours in front of the television and in front of the office desk and this lack of movement tends to affect our overall health, especially digestion, which is the root cause of all major illnesses.
You may be wondering, why is it so important to move, how does it affect our bowel movements, how does it affect our digestion? Well, all muscles in our body needs to be exercised for them to stay in function and to work optimally. The bowels too are muscles that needs to be exercised and if you do not use it, you may lose it.
When you exercise, it stimulates the lymph nodes, which are responsible to carry antibodies, cellular decay and dead blood cell through our poop. When you indulge in exercise that works the abdomen and spine, it helps maintain bowel tone that is good, it keeps the intestine in its proper place and provides them with a structure and it also helps strengthen muscles of the digestive tract.
It helps increase breathing and heart rate, which leads to the stimulation of peristalsis, and it makes you poop more easily. It helps food move faster through the large intestine, ensuring that limited water is absorbed and hard and dry stools are thus prevented.
A little exercise can go a long way in alleviating constipation. Stay active and see the benefits yourself.
A few exercises that can help you keep your bowel movements up to speed include: Yin Yoga or any other form of yoga, swimming, walking, jogging, running, dancing, rebounding, exercises for the core and spine, doing chores around the house, taking the stairs instead of the elevator, walking to the grocery store, and basically any other kind of light cardio vascular exercise.
Speak with a Registered Holistic Nutritionist or get in touch with a Homeopath to learn how you can make efforts in terms of exercise and natural foods to keep your digestive system on track.