Constipation, the prebiotics that help

When the intestine is not working properly, eat healthily, maintain regular rhythms of life and take prebiotics for extra help.

Well-being is a matter of balance, physical and psychic. Particularly when it comes to intestinal function, which tends to be particularly affected by every slightest change.

We notice it when we go through a period of stress and nervousness, when by choice or necessity we temporarily move away from consolidated eating habits, when we have to take drugs that somehow alter the physiology of the gastrointestinal system, when we leave for a trip or, trivially, when the climate changes.

It takes very little to undermine the microflora or interfere with the motility of the intestine, causing swelling and heaviness, more or less severe constipation, loss of appetite and discomfort on several fronts.

Nutrition and more

Follow a healthy diet, rich in fresh foods and fruit and vegetable fiber, chew slowly and give meals the necessary time, drink plenty of liquids (at least 1.5 liters a day), maintain regular rhythms of life and a serene approach to everyday life, move a little every day.

They are the most effective strategies to put your intestine in the ideal conditions to work efficiently and avoid discomfort.

However, sometimes, respecting an impeccable lifestyle may not be easy or, in any case, not enough. When it happens it is not really the case to suffer while waiting for constipation to resolve itself (which, however, does not always happen quickly).

But neither should we make the mistake of resorting to aggressive remedies capable, yes, of eliminating the problem in a short time, but very little respectful of the well-being of the intestine.

The right remedies, to be used at best

When you realize that the intestine is not working as it should, without there being specific underlying diseases, in addition to following all the rules already mentioned, it may be useful to increase the intake of prebiotic substances able to “nourish” and rebalance the beneficial intestinal microflora (consisting of bifidobacteria and lactobacilli) and counteract the potentially pathogenic one (enterobacteria), through targeted supplements.

Generally, these are preparations based on vegetable fibers that, taken in the morning on an empty stomach together with liquids, also allow to increase the volume of the stool, making it softer and easier to expel.

On the market there are now many products of this type, which everyone can choose according to their preferences and experience of use.

Those who have never tried them and those who tend to have a sensitive intestine, however, should direct the choice towards formulations based on two particular prebiotic compounds, polydextrose and maltodextrins, which seem to be better tolerated, with the same effectiveness.

Unlike other substances with a similar function (such as, for example, inulin), polydextrose and maltodextrin, in fact, exert their laxative effect without inducing significant side effects on the front of abdominal swelling and meteorism, resulting particularly appreciated.

For further clarification it is always good to ask your trusted pharmacist for advice.

The effect is not immediate

Since this is a rebalancing approach, an immediate laxative effect should not be expected from the prebiotic: it takes a few days of intake before the intestinal microflora returns fully efficient.

To obtain a lasting beneficial action and recover regularity, it is recommended to continue the treatment for at least three weeks, then repeating it several times a year if the disorder recurs or to prevent it during periods “at risk”, such as travel or pregnancy.

Joycelyn Elders is the author and creator of EmpowerEssence, a health and wellness blog. Elders is a respected public health advocate and pediatrician dedicated to promoting general health and well-being.

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