Constipation in Your Children: Three Easy Ways to Relieve It

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Constipation in children is something every parent has dealt with. Constipation is very common but it can be easily treated. Here are three easy ways to relieve constipation in your children! But first, let’s discuss how to tell if your child is constipated.

First off, infrequent bowel movements. Now, this can look a little different for each child because some kids might have bowel movements 2 to 3 times and for others it can just be once a day. This is mostly normal, but if you noticed your child hasn’t had a bowel movement in a couple days, then they’re probably constipated. 

Also, a common symptom of constipation is abdominal pain. 

“Constipation is a top reason kids get belly pain. If you haven’t had a bowel movement (poop) for a while or if it hurts to go to the bathroom or your bowel movements are hard, you are probably constipated.”

Here’s how parents can relieve constipation for their children!

Fluids to Solve Constipation

Make sure your child is drinking plenty of fluids, especially water. Dehydration can cause a number of problems, such as constipation. Fluids help move things along in your intestines which means, no constipation! So, it’s important they get enough water.

If your child is picky, like most, we suggest adding in flavoring drops to their water! They’ll be hydrated and love the fun flavors! 

Here’s where parents can buy all-natural and organic Water Flavoring!

High-Fiber Foods

Eating fruits and vegetables are important for children’s diets because they contain a ton of vitamins and nutrients! A key nutrient to prevent constipation is fiber! Here’s our blog post explaining fiber and why it’s important!

Luckily, the answer to your child’s tummy troubled can be found already in your kitchen! But we should note, children aren’t the only ones that can use a fiber boost. On average most Americans fall short of the recommended daily amount. So, eat some high-fiber foods with your kids.

Here’s a list of High-Fiber Foods you and your child will love. 

  • Apples (with skin) at least 3.6grams of fiber
  • Bananas 3.1 grams of fiber
  • Avocados about 6 grams of fiber
  • Raspberries 4 grams of fiber per ½ cup serving
  • Oatmeals 10grams of fiber per 3.5oz
  • Whole Grain Cereal 9.1 grams of fiber per 1/3-cup serving

Fiber Supplements for Kids

We recommend speaking with your doctor before giving your child fiber supplements. 

What if your children are extreme picky eaters? Well, there are a ton of options out there to relieve constipation for your children. Most kids are on-the-go, so it can be a challenge to make sure your child is getting the nutrients they need. 

That’s where Naturlax 4 Kids comes in! We make it easy to give your child a fiber boost with so many delicious kid-friendly flavors to choose from. 

But don’t worry, just because these flavors are for kids doesn’t mean adults can’t have some too!

As an added bonus, we created a Chocolate Fiber Chia Pudding using our Chocolate Flavored Fiber for Kids!

Parents and kids will love this Chocolate Fiber Chia Pudding!

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This Chocolate Chia Pudding is a recipe parents and kids will love!

Chocolate Fiber Chia Pudding

This Chocolate Fiber Chia Pudding contains 15 grams of fiber per serving, giving your kids a fiber boost!
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 8 hrs
Total Time 8 hrs 5 mins
Course Breakfast, Dessert, Snack
Cuisine American
Servings 2
Calories 244 kcal

Ingredients
  

Instructions
 

  • Add in the chia seeds and non-dairy milk into a jar. Mix together.
  • Add in the vanilla extract, cocoa powder, fiber powder, and maple syrup into the jar with the chia seeds. Whisk together until combined.
  • Let the chia pudding chill in the fridge overnight to thicken.
  • Serve the next morning or as dessert. Top with chocolate shavings and strawberries or with toppings of your choice.

Nutrition

Serving: 1cupCalories: 244kcalCarbohydrates: 29.1gProtein: 9.2gFat: 11.2gSaturated Fat: 1.4gSodium: 68mgFiber: 15gSugar: 8.5gCalcium: 215.5mgIron: 3.5mg
Keyword Healthy Recipes for Kids, Kid Recipes, Recipes for Kids, Vegan, Vegan Pudding
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Should You Include Fiber with Your Fast?

Whether you choose to fast or not we wanted to answer the questions: What can you consume while fasting? Should you include fiber with your fast?

Why Fast?

There are various techniques and reasons for fasting other than weight loss. Research has shown fasting to actually help the regrowth of cells and support the fight against heart disease.

“The intent of intermittent fasting isn’t necessarily only to restrict calories, but also to allow your body to focus on maintenance and recovery, rather than digesting.”

Also, fasting isn’t just a trend. Humans have been fasting for centuries whether for religious reason or during the hunter-gather period. Fasting, has a long history and have been studied due to the religions that practice fasting.

It’s important to choose a fast that’s right for you and your needs. Some choose to fast most of the day and leave a few hours for eating, 16:8. Others do a variation between days. So, they’ll fast for 2 days out of the week. However, intermittent fasting 16:8, seems to be the easiest and most popular.

Here’s What Your Body Does While Fasting:

While in a fasting state, the body produces ketones. Ketones are responsible for the protein and molecules that influence health and aging.
While in a fasting state, the body is working by producing ketones.

After we eat, our bodies use glucose for energy and fat is stored and becomes triglycerides [lipids]. But when you’re not eating, “triglycerides are broken down to fatty acids and glycerol, which are used for energy. The liver converts fatty acids to ketone bodies, which provide a major source of energy for many tissues, especially the brain, during fasting.”

By restricting your calorie intake, your body produces ketones. This molecule is in charge of proteins and other molecules that influence health and aging. Ketones also have significant effects on your systematic metabolism. Because of how your body works while fasting, studies have shown fasting to have tremendous effect on increasing life-span. Prolonged calorie restriction in animals has shown an 80% increase in life-span.

What Can I Eat While Fasting?

Contrary from what most people believe about fasting, there are actually a few things a person can consume during this state. This can be foods and beverages such as black coffee, water, tea, coconut oil, butter, and bone broth.

Aside from the healthy fats like butter and coconut oil, it is key to stick to low-calorie drinks and supplements during your fast. Although, the healthy fats contain calories, it won’t break your ketones state.

What About Fiber?

Naturlax Flavored Fiber Packets contains 20 calories per serving.

Fiber, has been proven to help with appetite control. This means, by including more fiber into your diet, you’ll actually feel fuller for longer. Fiber, ” creates a gel-like substance in the gastrointestinal tract that takes up more space in your stomach. “

So, how can fiber help you with fasting? Well, most fiber supplements, such as Naturlax, contain calories that can break your fast. So, we don’t suggest fiber while fasting. Instead, try including fiber into your preparation routine. Since fiber helps you fell fuller for longer periods, it can help fight the hunger cravings.

Most importantly, fiber will relieve any fasting-related constipation! A common side effect of any diet changes is constipation. To prevent this, include high fiber foods, or fiber supplements along with plenty of water before your fasting periods.

Cure Your Post-Valentine’s Day Sugar Overload with Fiber

Did you know 58 million pounds of chocolate is sold for Valentine’s Day?. That’s a lot of chocolate and a lot of sugar! And for those who don’t have a special someone in their lives, “43% of Americans will buy themselves candy this Valentine’s Day.” So, you’re not the only single person treating yourself. 

Whether the sugary sweets were a gift from someone else or yourself, it sounds like you won’t be the only one indulging in treats. BUT the day after this romantic holiday may leave you feeling sluggish, nauseated, and even constipated. 

Don’t worry, we’re not here to tell you not to indulge! Instead, we want to recommend how to detox from a sugar overload. But first, let’s discuss what an excessive amount of sugar does to your body and even mood. 

How Sugar Affects You

Most sugar added in candy and sweets are simple carbohydrates. So, your body easily absorbs them. And as fast as they come, as fast they go. That’s why you’ll get a “sugar rush” and why your blood sugar levels will spike! 

If you aren’t diabeteic, an excessive amount of sugar won’t cause dramatic effects. But this doesn’t mean it’s good for your body. 

Studies have shown a continuous diet of excessive amounts of sugar, long-term can lead to “type 2 diabetes mellitus, dyslipidemias, hypertension, and cardiovascular disease.” Eating foods high in sugar and low in nutrients, has long-term effects and short term effects for your body and health. 

The Chocolate Wasted Constipation Cure

With flavors like Butterscotch, you are bond to fall in love.

Short-term, chocolate treats and baked goods can cause constipation. Why? Because those sugary foods lack nutrients like fiber. And without the proper amount of fiber in your diet, you’ll experience constipation, diarrhea, bloating, and gas. With or without Valentine’s Day, the majority of Americans “don’t get enough fiber in their diet.” So, most Americans can use a fiber boost! At least you’re not alone there.

Fiber is a great solution for a sugar detox! Here’s why:

First, fiber creates better bowel movements. So, you can forget about constipation. Second, fiber is great at filling your stomach! Most high-fiber foods are complex carbohydrates, which means our bodies can’t easily break them down. Instead, those foods will sit in our stomachs for a longer time thereby creating that full-feeling. Then, when you get offered store-bought Valentine’s Day cupcakes you won’t be tempted.

Or maybe you’ll still eat that Valentine’s Day store-bought cupcake. It is pretty in pink.

Prep for the Day with Fiber

Increasing your daily fiber intake is as easy as Boysenberry Pie!

If you believe this Valentine’s Day will end with a ton of sugary treats then try doing some prep work. You can do this by incorporating some high fiber foods into your breakfast that day. Try eating oatmeal, chia pudding, or baked oat bars.

Okay, maybe you don’t have the time to make breakfast or you just aren’t a breakfast person. There’s a solution for you! Try a plant-based and sugar-free fiber supplement like Naturlax! Not only do we make fiber easy but tasty too! Among our 80 flavors, we have 5 Chocolate Flavored Fiber Powders. So, you can still have your chocolate cake and eat it too!