Saturday, October 13, 2007

Looking for a laxative?

Sadly, this perfect body we've been given is sometimes, well, less than perfect. Happily, there may be simple solutions to problems which are significant but still within the realm of self-treatment.

Constipation would fit that description (most of the time). Take simple steps: drink enough, especially water; chew well at meals and keep quantities moderate; check for foods that irritate you; get enough of the good fats that promote proper intestinal function; coddle your good flora so the acidophilus and friends thrive; love your fibers and they will return the love. Sometimes: enzymes when digestion needs a boost; magnesium when all of the above need integration (and when your calcium supplement seems to be causing more problems than it solves). And always, leave the stress behind when you eat.

For years an older woman came to my store, looking for the ingredients to make a natural laxative. She had found the recipe in an old "doctor book" and passed it on to friends and family. That's how good it was...Ready to try it?

Mix together: 1 cup whey powder, 1 1/2 cups brewers (nutritional) yeast, 1 cup wheat germ, 1/2 cup psyllium seed, 1/2 cup flax seed, 1/2 cup mustard seed. Take 2 tablespoons in 8 oz. yogurt. Do not chew!

(My notes: best to refrigerate because of the wheat germ. Use yogurt with live cultures.)

Simple remedies? Simple solutions? Tell me more.


Unknown said...

Hi Susan - I posted a response to your question on my blog, but then another blogger posted her own suggestion which I thought was great. You might want to check back (if you haven't already.)

Glad to know you're poking around in the food blog world! A truly great bunch of people out there!

Meg Wolff said...

Hi Susan,
Your email isn't listed on you profile, otherwise I would have emailed. Was thinking of you and your comment on my blog a week or so ago. I am now reading Devra Davis', The Secret History of the War on Cancer? I highly recommend it...even MORE of an eye opener.