Monday Morning Motivation – Having trouble getting “going” on a Monday?

Get ready for the inside scoop. What is this post about?


AKA bowel movements. Or really, the lack thereof.

As an integrative nutritionist, I talk to people A TON about how things are “going.” And guess what, the topic came up again this week. No need to apologize to me next time you bring it up, this is what I do. My whole goal is to help you have healthy, thriving gastrointestinal tract. This impacts digestion, absorption of nutrients, metabolism, immunity, autoimmunity, hormones, weight status, fertility, mood, energy, and detoxification, to name just a few crucial items.

So naturally, we need to talk about what goes into our mouths, but also how things are going on the other end. Regular bowel movements are critical to good health, and a lack of regular elimination may be pointing to imbalance in your system.

Regularity problem

Unfortunately, a lot of us have a regularity problem. Most experts agree that “normal” (healthy) bowel movements should happen AT LEAST once a day, and should be soft, but fully formed (think toothpaste consistency).

So what are some safe, natural solutions if you are having trouble “going” regularly?

Here is a handy checklist of some of my favorite habits for optimizing bowel health.

1. Don’t assume the issue is going to resolve itself. Lifestyle factors are a huge culprit when it comes to wrecking regularity, so let’s work on tackling the problem.

2. Are you taking a high-quality, physician-grade probiotic? There are times in life where quality does not matter as much, but this is NOT one of those times. If you would like a tailored recommendation, please consult your natural health care professional.

3. How are those fruits and veggies going? There is no way around a poor diet. Shoot for at least 5 servings of non-starchy vegetables/day (a great source of fiber). Prunes are a classic way to help get your bowels moving. Start with one prune/day.

4. How about Hydration? – Aim for 1/2 your body weight in ounces of pure water each day (Ex. 75 oz. for a 150 pound individual). Inadequate hydrate can contribute to dry, hard stools.

5. Warm liquids. Think tea or warm water with lemon. Try 6-8 oz, a few times a day to help soften stools.

6. Fiber Supplement. One of my favorite products is MetaFiber by Metagenics. It is the best of both worlds when it comes to fiber, featuring both insoluble fiber (adds bulk to the stool) and soluble fiber (gentle, gel-like binder). Start slow, with 1/4 to 1/2 a scoop/day and gradually go up to 1 scoop or more per day.

7. MAGNESIUM – Magnesium is a huge contributor to constipation, in addition to sleep issues and muscle cramping. As many as 80% of Americans are magnesium deficient! One of my favorite products is Natural Calm by Natural Vitality. It is powdered magnesium citrate, which means you can adjust the dose easily. Standard adult dosing is 2 tsp/day (325 mg), but it is suggested to start at 1/2 tsp/day and gradually go up. Consult your natural health care professional if you feel you need to go above the standard dose or for pediatric dosing. If your stools become too loose, reduce the dose. My favorite flavors are the plain and raspberry-lemon, mixed in warm water (best) or a small amount of juice. This product can be purchased online at Amazon or Emerson Ecologics.

Monday Motivational Quotes

Monday Morning Motivation

If you’re like most of us, you regularly reflect on your goals. Many of us decide to break old, unhealthy habits. Others resolve to take become healthier, improve their diets, lose some weight, or begin a regular exercise program. That’s why I’m writing today.

Wellness and being healthy are about being fully optimized in the seven dimensions of life, physically, financially, family, socially, career, spiritual and mentally. We represent this as seven spokes in a wheel. I urge you to give some thought to your health in these seven areas!

Get smart on Mondays

When you do identify an area that is challenging you, it’s time to set “SMART” Goals. Your Goal should be:

  • Specific (In other words, they are not vague or broad)
  • Measurable (You can measure your progress at any point along the way)
  • Actionable (Simply put, you can act upon your goal)
  • Realistic (They are attainable—challenging, but within reach)
  • Timely (They have a reasonable timeline)

It’s all about taking small steps from wherever you are today – starting at whatever health and fitness level you’re at. Structural Corrective Chiropractic, Nutrition, and Acupuncture care are for you if you want to improve your health naturally, using the body’s innate wisdom to heal itself. If you have any health issues that are causing you concern, or if you just want to keep your body and immune system strong and healthy, I’d love to see you in the office.

Happy Monday,

by Madelaine (Dickinson) Schaufel, RD


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