A very important thing many of us forget.

Today I would like to talk about something that our society does not pay much attention, but it is of incredible fundamental importance for us all.

This is the process of excretion.

I know this may seem crazy, but some days ago i was talking to a friend of mine who complained of abdominal pain. When I asked her what was going on, she was a little shy and uncomfortable to admit that she had not been to the toilet in the last three days. Three days? Unbelievable, not even an alarm had sounded that maybe something was wrong with her. It is scary to know that in our society, especially nowadays, this is something common. Many people with whom I have talked to end up telling me that they have some form of problem in this area. Many people are not aware that accumulating this process may generate serious disturbances in the digestive system and unfortunately, if it carries on, cancer.

It’s important that we pay attention to this small factor, reeducating our of digestive system, without paranoia, nor radicalism. Taking small steps we can maintain ourselves healthy.

And so I would like to share with you some small tips which are nothing new, but which may be able to help you:

1. Drink water, keep your body hydrated, it works better this way. Your faeces will transit more easily through your intestines this way.

2. Eat fruit, leaf vegetables, legumes, other vegetables in this order, when possible (and always with their peel).

3. Try to avoid in the maximum way possible meats of any kind, cheeses, and flour.

4. Eat many fruits as you can, when possible with their peel, they are the perfect nutritional food. The more variety of colours the better. If you intestines become blocked, or after a weekend in which you’ve had a bit too much, and on Monday your intestines may be a little slower, use natural laxatives, such as drinking water eating dried prunes or any other natural laxative you are familiar with.

5. Walk, do exercises, move your body. Do not use chemical laxatives they will only make interesting lazy and will stimulate them to work less well. They may also kill your intestinal flora. I am not familiar with anybody proof of the effects of probiotic yoghurts, but many of my friends say that when they have eaten them, the functioning of their intestines improves.

So here are a few tips. Please remember, when in doubt always consult your doctor. Moreover, do not become radical, don’t go into crazy diets, nor anything that a friend may have read on the Internet. There are no miracle cures. The best for your body is a well balanced diet, varied and rich in colours, full of life!f

See you next week.

Gustavo

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