Know When to Trust Your Gut + GIVEAWAY! #TrustYourGut

Posted on September 29, 2017 in Giveaway/ Sponsored

Disclosure: This post is in partnership with Dulcolax. As always, opinions are all mine.

Now, I know this subject is a little taboo. I get it. But, we are all human. We all have the same bodily functions and guess what? We all at some point suffer from the same issues with our bodies. Why should we remain quiet? Why can’t we share our stories, our knowledge and possibly help someone?

Well, I’ll be honest. As a blogger I’ve often had to sit and think about the things I want to talk about on here. However, as a mom, I need to be careful because I want my kids to know these things are okay to talk about. The more we shy away from these important topics, the more our children think they aren’t okay to talk about, and it may become a serious issue.

With that said, today I’d like to speak with you about knowing when to trust your gut and what it’s trying to tell you about number two. Pooping is a natural part of life, but the reality is things just don’t always work the way they should. Yep, I said it. Today I’m talking about constipation. Constipation is a genuine problem for many that should not be ignored.

I know sometimes I ignore my gut. It’s something I just haven’t paid much attention to in the past, and it hasn’t always been the best choice. If you’re constipated, your body may be trying to tell you something. It could be an indication of a lack of fibre, fluids or physical activity.

After having my daughter Hanna, I had major issues with constipation. After having 7 kids, it’s bound to happen.  The hospital where I gave birth to Hanna was awful with my post-partum care and I wasn’t provided with anything to provide relief.  With my other childbirths, I was usually sent home armed with everything one needs to properly heal from delivery.  So, I sent my husband to the pharmacy, as I really needed some relief, and he brought me back an over-the-counter product called Dulcolax®. I was thrilled because there is no prescription required and it’s what I’ve always used and trusted after birth.

If you’ve ever given birth, you know how scary and traumatic that first bowel movement can be, so it’s essential we get a little help in when it’s required!

Of course, having a baby wasn’t routine, so I was lucky that once I did get back on to my normal routine, I was able to even everything out again.  But that said, I don’t think that I realized until more recently the importance of routine habits to relieve constipation. I’ve still found myself struggling, when things are a little off.  If I don’t drink enough water, or get enough fibre in my diet I can really tell, can you?

Did you know: One in four Canadians suffer from symptoms of constipation?

What Does Constipation Mean?

Constipation means infrequent or difficult bowel movements and affects everyone from the young to the elderly. There is no age limit, so if ever you are unsure, it’s important to speak to your family doctor or pharmacist because constipation isn’t anything to be shy about.

While we all enjoyed the warmth and sunshine associated with the summer months, this likely meant more activity and exposure to the sun as well as potentially unhealthy meal choices. This could have also meant that many Canadians faced a higher risk of dehydration and an unhappy gut due to lack of healthy fibre, which could result in constipation.

What Can You Do About Constipation?

If people don’t have enough fibre or liquid in their diet, they are more susceptible to constipation. On  average, an adult should eat 20 to 30 grams of fibre, per day. In addition, it’s helpful to follow these tips:

  • Try to find a consistent time every day to relax and have a bowel movement. This can help your body adjust to the pattern over time.
  • Remember to avoid straining. Straining or pushing too hard when you have a bowel movement can cause bladder problems and prolapse issues
  • Establish regular sleeping patterns. Our bodies work according to a natural sleep-wake cycle also referred to as a circadian rhythm, which controls our body temperature, our hormone levels, and the way our organs and body systems work – including the digestive system.
  • If increasing your water or fibre intake and exercise doesn’t work, don’t second guess relief. Dulcolax® provides dependable, effective overnight relief of occasional constipation and helps you get back to your regular self.

Dulcolax belongs to a group of medicines known as stimulant laxatives. Dulcolax stimulates the bowel muscles while also accumulating water in the intestines. The effect is to soften the stool and to make it pass through more quickly.

Dulcolax tablets have special coating ensuring that the active ingredient is released right where it’s needed. The coating resists the acidic digestive juices of the stomach and small intestine. As with all laxatives, Dulcolax should not be taken on a continuous daily basis or for extended periods without investigating the cause of constipation.

To be sure Dulcolax is right for you, always read and follow the label.

Do you need a little extra help? Do you feel uncomfortable and need to trust your gut more? Don’t be shy; we’ve all been there! Trust Your Gut when it comes to what your body is saying to you.

GIVEAWAY!

Dulcolax prize pack with all the items you need to get back to your daily routine! Worth $150, this Back- to- Routine includes a Bluetooth alarm clock to make waking up a little easier, a luxury self-cleaning bidet toilet seat to keep your washroom in top shape and magnetic calendar that is great to keep track of all your family`s activities.

You can also click here to download your own Dulcolax coupon!

Good Luck!

65 Comments

  • Reply Kristina September 29, 2017 at 10:24 am

    Gut health is extremely important! You always want to eat healthy and have regular bowel movements. Fruits are definitely good to eat too!!

  • Reply Tricia September 29, 2017 at 10:25 am

    I have never been overly regular…pregnancy was the only time I have been!

  • Reply Alison Braidwood September 29, 2017 at 10:26 am

    I find increasing fluid intake usually works for me.

  • Reply Stephanie Phelps September 29, 2017 at 10:27 am

    My best tip is to drink warm liquids and take Dulcolax it is my go to help!

  • Reply Shannon S. September 29, 2017 at 10:41 am

    I always have a cup of coffee and take a run, that helps.

  • Reply Karen Morse September 29, 2017 at 10:41 am

    That’s definitely something to think about. Constipation is tough to deal with and it’s good to have something reliable to help us out.

  • Reply Sherri F September 29, 2017 at 10:44 am

    I try to drink more water.

  • Reply Carey Hurst September 29, 2017 at 10:49 am

    Your water intake is a direct result as well, if you do not drink enough water that can play a huge factor in the bowels, so i make sure to drink at least 2 extra glasses if I need some help.

  • Reply Carole D September 29, 2017 at 10:57 am

    Fibers is really important to stay regular.

  • Reply Sab Edwards September 29, 2017 at 11:54 am

    For myself, too much meat is bad.

  • Reply Bruke B September 29, 2017 at 11:55 am

    I keep myself very hydrated and eat pineapple which helps keep me regular

  • Reply Allie f September 29, 2017 at 12:15 pm

    Definitely increasing fluid intake! Thanks for this chance

  • Reply Jonnie September 29, 2017 at 1:42 pm

    I try to be consistent in my sleep schedule. Regular sleep keeps my whole body working better!

  • Reply Jenny Major September 29, 2017 at 1:51 pm

    drink more water

  • Reply Angela Tolsma September 29, 2017 at 2:39 pm

    I am going to pick some of this up for when I travel. I am usually fine until I have to travel somewhere or have guests spend the night. I do wish we would talk about our bodies more so it’s not so taboo.

  • Reply Florence Cochrane September 29, 2017 at 2:39 pm

    I drink more water and eat more fruit.

  • Reply Erica September 29, 2017 at 2:45 pm

    Good advice about constipation. Some other options are to supplement with magnesium, take probiotics, and also get your thyroid checked. Lots of women are hypothyroid or subclinically hypothyroid and that often leads to constipation. But you’re so right. We shouldn’t be afraid to talk about this.

  • Reply Cheryl H September 29, 2017 at 2:52 pm

    i usually try to increase my fibre and water

  • Reply Amy Heffernan September 29, 2017 at 3:01 pm

    I try to eat more fibre!! But its hard to do!

  • Reply tanyab79 September 29, 2017 at 5:13 pm

    Drink plenty of water and eat fruits and veggies high in fiber.

  • Reply June M September 29, 2017 at 5:17 pm

    My tip is to add ground chia seeds and ground flax seeds in my oatmeal each morning

  • Reply kathy downey September 29, 2017 at 5:53 pm

    I try to drink more water and eat lots of fiber!

  • Reply Jenness M September 29, 2017 at 6:52 pm

    I drink a beer!

  • Reply wendy hutton September 29, 2017 at 9:24 pm

    by increasing fibre, also for me sweets like muffins or cake gets me going

  • Reply Roxanne September 29, 2017 at 9:42 pm

    That’s an interesting giveaway! I’m sure someone will find it very useful whether for back to school, or not.

  • Reply Victoria Ess September 30, 2017 at 7:28 am

    Drinking lots of water and tea helps me!

  • Reply Judy Cowan September 30, 2017 at 9:37 am

    I always drink lots of water when I need a little help, I find the extra fluid helps.

  • Reply Joanna @ Everyday Made Fresh September 30, 2017 at 10:10 am

    You’re right, that first bowel movement after child birth is the scariest! I hated that they always made you go number two before you could leave the hospital. First off I hate going anywhere, except at home, and then secondly, I had just given birth!

  • Reply Cecil September 30, 2017 at 10:54 am

    Increasing my water and fruit intake has been a lifesaver for me.

  • Reply Terri Steffes September 30, 2017 at 11:14 am

    This is such a great product to have in your medicine cabinet. Symptoms can arise at any time for any one. Good to hear about this!

  • Reply Laurie Nykaza September 30, 2017 at 2:59 pm

    I make sure i drink lots of fluids and eat fiber too.

  • Reply Jean October 1, 2017 at 4:57 pm

    Toilet issues are definitely something that not enough people talk about, despite many people suffering in some way. This sounds like a great product to have in the cupboard for when it’s needed.

  • Reply Toughcookiemommy October 1, 2017 at 5:02 pm

    Most people are not aware how important gut health is to their overall health. I take a probiotic every morning exactly for this very reason.

  • Reply Julie Bolduc October 1, 2017 at 10:37 pm

    I have to eat alot of beans

  • Reply Sarah October 1, 2017 at 10:43 pm

    Constipation is a real problem for many people, for many different reasons. I’ve relied on dulcolax before, it works great!

  • Reply ivy pluchinsky October 1, 2017 at 11:19 pm

    Usually drinking more water helps me.

  • Reply TColeman October 2, 2017 at 9:28 am

    So many people really do think that subjects like this are taboo. We all go through it at some point though and so it’s important to be informed!

  • Reply Robin Rue October 2, 2017 at 9:29 am

    Constipation is all to real and a lot of times there is not a lot of info on remedies because people just won’t speak up. This looks like it would be a good alternative.

  • Reply Nadine October 2, 2017 at 12:20 pm

    Your gut is so important. I usually never have constipation but it must be a horrible feeling :( A healthy gut is a healthy immune system. That is why I eat lots of fiber and probiotics to keep it happy :)

  • Reply Stephanie LaPlante October 2, 2017 at 7:33 pm

    I follow the health tip of keeping hydrated and eat food high in fiber.

  • Reply Blythe Alpern October 3, 2017 at 9:07 am

    It’s true, everybody poops. Granted we don’t need to share the details of what we do in the bathroom but there is nothing wrong with talking about tummy issues. You never know when you might learn something or feel less alone about those issues.

  • Reply Cindy Ingalls October 3, 2017 at 9:08 am

    This is such a great giveaway. All those goodies are so helpful for making the trips to the bathroom go a bit smoother.

  • Reply Stephanie October 4, 2017 at 2:49 pm

    I go for a run

  • Reply Andrea October 4, 2017 at 3:26 pm

    I try to drink plenty of water!

  • Reply lori a butler October 5, 2017 at 8:20 am

    drinking tons of water to help things along

  • Reply Marlene J October 5, 2017 at 12:17 pm

    Use prune juice & drink lots of water

  • Reply Jessica eapen October 5, 2017 at 12:50 pm

    I try to increase fiber intake.

  • Reply Athena October 5, 2017 at 3:55 pm

    Up your fibre intake

  • Reply Brenda Penton October 5, 2017 at 6:37 pm

    I add in more green vegetables and take magnesium.

  • Reply Maritess October 5, 2017 at 8:43 pm

    Drink lots of fluid and eat fibrous vegetables like cabbage and eggplant.

  • Reply M October 6, 2017 at 5:10 pm

    I drink more water

  • Reply Jenny B October 7, 2017 at 1:31 am

    I take castol oil and drink lots of warm water.

  • Reply Erin W October 7, 2017 at 11:57 am

    My tip is to get outside and be active! Get’s it going! Lol

  • Reply HEIDI C. October 8, 2017 at 12:28 am

    For me, eating corn, popcorn, berries or other fibrous foods can help get things going again.

  • Reply Juliee Fitze October 8, 2017 at 9:07 am

    I add fibre to my diet with chia seeds to my shake.

  • Reply Pearl Saban October 8, 2017 at 11:13 pm

    I add more dark, leafy greens to my diet.

  • Reply Lisa L October 9, 2017 at 7:09 pm

    I usually drink more water and try to get more fibre!

  • Reply crystal porter October 9, 2017 at 9:17 pm

    I increase my water and fiber intake

  • Reply Soozle October 10, 2017 at 10:10 am

    Increase your water intake is helpful for me

  • Reply Krista M October 10, 2017 at 10:17 am

    Probiotics and lots of water seem to work best for me! Sometimes I take a fiber supplement for a little extra help.

  • Reply MOHAMMAD ANJUM October 11, 2017 at 9:40 pm

    lot if fiber and liquids

  • Reply Jenn October 11, 2017 at 11:13 pm

    The tip I use is the increasing water intake one! Easiest method and it works for the most part!

  • Reply Betty S October 12, 2017 at 9:27 am

    I increase my water intake and try to get much needed sleep

  • Reply Carol M October 12, 2017 at 9:54 am

    I find increasing my fiber intake helps.

  • Reply Jane Reid October 12, 2017 at 11:42 pm

    Lots of Fibre, Lots of fluids, exercise and try to reduce stress ! easier said than done though . Plus never hold it , go when you need to go .

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