Fig (Ficus carica)
- Source of nutrients, including calcium and magnesium2
- Source of antioxidants to heal and protect tissues from damage3
- Traditionally used to promote healthy bowel function
Manna Ash (Fraxinus ornus)
- Source of antioxidants to heal and protect tissues from damage1
- Softens the stool to alleviate pain and promote healthy bowel function1
Healthy bowel movements are the body’s way of eliminating toxins and waste. If we have infrequent, difficult to pass or incomplete bowel movements, we are not adequately detoxifying the body. This can lead to fatigue, hormonal issues, acne, pain, bloating, and inflammation.
We sometimes need extra support to promote healthy, fully evacuated, daily bowel movements. Manna-Fig Syrup is a gentle laxative that helps to alleviate occasional constipation, and it is a source of antioxidants that support our digestive health1-3.
Dr. Hilary’s Tips For Bowel Health
- Drink more water:There is no exact science to the amount of water each person needs, so aim for at least 2 liters of water daily. If you forget to drink water, set hourly reminders until you get into a new habit.
- Increase fibre:Our daily requirement for fibre is 25g for women and 38g for men. High fibre foods include chia, flax, whole grains like brown rice, quinoa and oats, legumes like beans and chickpeas, and vegetables like avocado, broccoli, beets, artichokes, and dark leafy greens.
- Physical activity:Exercise helps to prevent and relieve constipation because it stimulates the natural contractions of the intestines and decreases the amount of water that is reabsorbed from the stool into the body, making stools softer and easier to pass. Even gentle exercise, such as walking for 20 minutes daily, can improve digestion.
- Manage stress:When we’re stressed, we’re in a “fight or flight” state, meaning our body shifts blood flow to vital organs like the heart, lungs, and large muscles and this can contribute to indigestion and constipation. When we’re relaxed, we’re in a “rest and digest” state, meaning our body sends blood flow to the digestive system. Meditation, deep breathing, and prioritizing sleep are effective ways to manage stress and improve digestion.
- Treat the cause:An under-active thyroid can cause constipation, so it is important to screen the thyroid through blood work. Eating inflammatory foods like gluten and dairy, or having an unhealthy gut flora, can also contribute to constipation in some people.