7 Ways to Help You Go Right NOW

I’ll just say it… this blog post is about pooping.

Before I started writing it, I researched euphemisms for the movement to soften the blow – my favorite “dropping a deuce.” But if you’re among the 65 million Americans that regularly experience constipation, it’s no joke.

Bowel movement regularity is an essential indication of your healthy body. And the longer it takes to go, stools harden and become even more challenging to pass. And when a hardened stool finally does pass, it can be quite painful.

If you find yourself blocked up, you might be wondering: What can I do to make myself go right now? And is it safe to force the situation?

The answer to both questions is Yes!

Some methods have been around forever; others may have been staring you in the face. Here’s a reminder that you should be doing all of them regularly.

1. Drink more water

Take a look at how much water you’re drinking every day and strive for eight cups – more when you exercise or if it’s hot and you’re outside. If you’re not drinking 64 ounces of water a day, your intestines may be lacking the fluids needed to soften your stools fully. Increasing your intestinal water can help restore regularity within a few days.

2. Eat high fiber foods

In general, we do no get enough fiber from our diets. Fiber-light foods like meat and cheese, common in the American diet, tend to back things up. Eating two or three meals high in dietary fiber will usually help things move. Fibrous vegetables and fruits – avocados, apples, squash, peas, and berries – are a good start.

3. Prunes

It’s the most traditional remedy for a reason, prunes work. Prunes contain a high amount of dietary fiber, which helps break up hard stools and push them through your intestines and out your bottom.

Prunes also contain a substance called sorbitol that promotes water being drawn into your large intestines, similar to how a laxative works. As a result, hard stools become more fluid, making them easier to pass through your system.

4. Get your body moving

Have you been experiencing newfound constipation while cooped up indoors or have been missing regular workouts? If so, try a brisk walk or break a sweat any way you can. Exercise makes for more successful trips to the bathroom, another reason you should find the time for exercise every day.

5. Squat exercises

Yes, it’s true; squatting triggers your colon to get things moving again. Squats optimize the angle between your anus and rectum and may even help with a more relaxed and complete elimination. Try doing squat exercises while you’re working out.

6. Toilet stools

You could find instant relief with a toilet stool. They are designed to elevate your knees about your stomach, mimicking a squat. As you now know, squatting optimizes the angle of your pelvic floor to allow stools to pass more easily. While almost anything that elevates your knees will work, a toilet stool that stores beneath the bowel makes it convenient and reminds you to use it regularly.

7. Probiotics with Prebiotics

An imbalance in your intestinal microbiota, which are the microorganisms living in your digestive tract, may cause constipation for some people. Probiotics and prebiotics work together to balance your microbiome and get your system moving again quickly.

A recent study showed that people given a combination of probiotics and prebiotics experienced a significant improvement in constipation along with relief from abdominal pain and bloating.

Stonehenge Health’s Dynamic Defense contains the right type of probiotics with prebiotics to promote bowel movement regularity. And unlike other probiotic/prebiotic combinations, Dynamic Defense starts working within hours instead of days.

Final thoughts on laxatives

Reaching for a laxative once in a while is ok, but chronic use can eventually wear out your colon and, paradoxically – lead to worsening your condition. If you find yourself chronically using laxatives for a bowel movement, you should consult with your physician as there is possibly an underlying condition that warrants further investigation.

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goodhousekeeping.com/health/a33865561/how-to-make-yourself-poop/

Is It Time To Call In The Immune System Reinforcements?

With virus cases still rising, you may be looking for ways to strengthen your immune system’s ability to fight and ward off illness. Medical experts agree that a healthy diet, adequate sleep, and daily exercise are a great start to keeping your immune system operating at it’s best. Add in stress-reducing practices like yoga, meditation, and box breathing, and you’re well on your way.

However, an essential factor in a fully supported immune system is your daily nutrition intake. Specific nutrients have been shown in studies to support your immune system by boosting your immune system cells’ integrity. Other nutrients have been shown to help reinforce your stomach’s protective mucosal barrier, making it harder for pathogens to breach your body.

In this blog post, I’ll reveal the different ways you can strengthen your body’s immune system through your nutrition. But first, let’s explore your body’s unique internal defense system.


A Multi-Layered Fighting Machine

How is it possible that we encounter harmful disease-causing pathogens like bacteria and viruses yet can live life without always getting sick every day?

Your immune system is a multi-layered network of cells, tissues, and organs that recognizes and neutralizes these daily threats. Just like a fighting army, your immune system deploys specialized defenses as needed.

First, it tries to intercept invading pathogens before they get into your body. If harmful viruses or pathogens manage a breach, your immune system springs into action and releases fighter cells to attack. And if your immune system reencounters a particular pathogen, it remembers and tailors its response, also known as immunity.

Your Innate & Adaptive Immune Systems

There are two branches of your immune system, your innate immune system, and your adaptive immune system.

You’re born with your innate immune system. It includes physical and chemical barriers like your skin and mucosal membranes plus specific white blood cells – leukocytes, dendritic, and natural killer cells.

An example of your innate immune system in action is when you get a cut and white blood cells fight off the bacteria, causing redness and swelling. Another example is your mucosal barrier filtering out harmful particles in the air that you inhale.

If your innate immune system fails and pathogens begin to spread throughout your body, your adaptive immune system kicks in. Your adaptive immune system evolves over your lifetime and has two characteristics: memory and specificity.

Specificity is the ability to target specific pathogens, and memory responds quickly to pathogens it has previously encountered. The classic example of adaptive immunity is your body creating antibodies to a virus.

Nutrition and Your Immune System

Like every system in your body, nutrition fuels your immune system. Healthy immune system cells rely on nourishment from the vitamins in foods you eat like zinc, vitamins B6, C, and E, among others. A healthy and balanced diet is crucial as evidence shows that micronutrient deficiency may alter the vigor of your immune system.

You may have heard that the majority of your immune system – up to 80% – lives in your gut. Your gut may be inside your body, but it’s also part of the barrier between your bloodstream and the outside environment.

Your gut deals with all the harmful microorganisms you ingest. Fortunately, your innate immune system includes a dynamic immune defense that helps prevent you from getting sick, called your mucosal immune system.

Boosting the vigor of your mucosal immune system are certain gut flora bacteria strains. These friendly bacteria in your gut microbiome have two essential jobs.

First, they communicate with your mucosal immune system cells and sound alarms when defenses are needed.

Second, they reinforce your gut lining, improving your body’s ability to absorb nutrients while blocking harmful bacteria and pathogens from leaking out into your body. This is why it’s so essential to have healthy colonies of good bacteria in your gut.

Now, if you’re like most people, relying solely on what you eat alone is not enough. Your immune system benefits from added nutrients that a standard diet just doesn’t include. Adding daily support supplements formulated to boost your immune system is the ideal way to keep it ready to defend you at a moment’s notice.

Dynamic Immunity

The first kind of supplement has the nutrients your immune system cells need to thrive. Stonehenge Health’s newly launched Dynamic Immunity is a blend of ten beneficial nutrients formulated to support your overall immune system health.

Vitamins C, E, B6, Zinc, plus L-Glutamine provide the vital daily nutrients that directly affect your body’s ability to make white blood cells and produce antibodies that create your immunity.

Dynamic Immunity also has powerhouse antioxidants Elderberry, Echinacea, Turmeric, and Garlic, all proven to boost white cell and antibody activity.

Dynamic Defense

The second kind of supplement supports your mucosal immune system with the right type of probiotics shown to reinforce your mucosal barrier.

Stonehenge Health’s Dynamic Defense is an advanced level, targeted approach to your immune system health – made with proven probiotic strains DE111®, Lactobacillus acidophilus, Bifidobacterium lactis, and Bacillus coagulans. These powerful strains are known to populate and reinforce your mucosal barrier.

Dynamic Defense also contains PreforPro®, an active prebiotic that facilitates the rapid growth of helpful bacteria in your gut.

While Dynamic Defense primarily supports the health of your mucosal immune system, its benefits can be greatly enhanced by pairing it with specialized cell support from Dynamic Immunity.

Dynamic Immunity and Dynamic Defense form a comprehensive approach for your immune system that may have a profound effect on your overall health and well-being. Keeping your immune system strong is the best way to be ready for whatever blows your way.

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