I remember back in the day, when I was struggling with constipation, IBS and a combination of all of that.
Going to the doc to get checked etc, all at the “ripe old age of 19 or so”, or 20 I think is when it all really “hit the fan”.
One of the things I’d do at night, indeed, it was ritualistic, the way I Stuck to it – was take my nightly dose of “Metamucil” – orange flavored, I believe.
I’d do this in school in India too I think in my teens.
(oddly enough, all these problems were never there when I practiced Taekwondo regularly, yet when “studies”were deemed more important… HA!)
In India, in those days, it was “Isabgol” husk I believe, pretty much the same thing.
In college, it so turned out that the girlfriend’s Dad would take it religiously too, so she understood my reason for doing it.
“Honey, Percie does it all the time”, she’d giggle.
Now … as for whether it helped or not, Idont know.
I think it was more a mental thing than anything else, it certainly did not alleviate IBS to any great degree or improve the “colon overloaded with fecal matter” as one of the docs sagely reported in a MRI or something.
Dont get me wrong.
I’m not underestimating the importance of fiber in your diet, my friend.
It should be there.
Fruits such as bananas, papayas, one of the reasons they’re so good at cleansing your entire system is the fiber in them.
Key though, other than that, is something else.
I’ve often noticed the comments people that are primarily meat eaters for one get.
“Just steak? Where are the veggies?”
Or, eggs? You need some brown bread with it too!
The key, my friend, is not so much just the fiber, but WATER.
I believe, and it has been my observation that if you keep your system properly flushed with WATER at all times, then you’re far less likely to suffer from constipation than if you wouldn’t – even if you ate a ton of fiber.
In fact, a ton of fiber without adequate water leads to other issues!
Water, hydration, that has always been the holy grail for me once I figured it out.
Pity I didnt in college. Then, my first thing to do upon arising (post “throne”) was to make a beeline for the coffee maker.
Which of course is even more dehydrating.
I still drank a lot of water back then, but nowhere near what I do NOW.
Neither did I drink at the right times.
Drinking with meals – not recommended!
Drinking gallons of water right before or after a meal – ditto.
I did both of these back then.
And the MOST IMPORTANT time to drink water, well, I never drank any at all back then.
(and, after I stopped swimming, neither did I exercise as much as I should have, but I kept eating)
Thankfully none of this is the case now.
IBS, bloating, constipation, all of it is a very distant, yet still very vivid memory for me ..
I’ll have more on this later, but for now, remember, the importance of hydration cannot be overemphasized.
Isometrics help beyond belief too.
And, you’ll want in get in your pre-order for the latest book on isometrics “Advanced, Profound Isometric and Flexibility Training” now. If you thought the last book was something, then believe me now and trust me later “you ain’t seen nothing as yet” on that front!
Get to it NOW, my friend.