Constipation is a common problem that many people suffer from at some point in their lives. Usually, it will resolve on its own after a week or two, perhaps with some simple dietary and lifestyle changes.
‘Prokinetic’ refers to something that stimulates motility of the oesophageal or gastrointestinal muscles. You can use prokinetic drug therapies but there are certain foods which provide the same effect. The ingredients chosen for this smoothie recipe act as natural laxatives as they have prokinetic properties which are designed to help move things along in your digestive tract and support regular bowel movements to relieve constipation. Cucumber also has a high-water content and so can help to soften the stool, making it easier to pass. Mint, ginger and turmeric also help to soothe the gut by providing anti-spasmodic and anti-inflammatory properties which can relieve any symptoms of spasm, cramps or pain associated with constipation.
This simple recipe provides a quick, natural remedy to help alleviate constipation.
Gut-Friendly Prokinetic Smoothie
- 3 whole lemons
- Half a grapefruit
- Half a cucumber
- One celery stalk
- Handful of mint leaves
- Handful of lettuce leaves
- 1 teaspoon fresh grated ginger (or ground)
- 1 teaspoon fresh grated turmeric (or ground)
- Cover 3 whole lemons (with peel on) in a blender with water and blend to a pulp – place into an ice cube tray and freeze
- Blend one lemon ice cube with the rest of the ingredients
- Serve into a tall glass and enjoy!
It is essential to be in a relaxed state when you are eating or drinking to help aid digestion. If feeling stressed, try some deep breathing before meals. Take time to eat sat at a table without any distractions, for instance from electronic devices. The smoothie is already blended to aid digestion but if you are eating solid foods then make sure you chew thoroughly to a baby food consistency. Eating mindfully will aid digestion and help constipation.