Baby Constipation: How to Identify Constipation and What to Do

Being a new parent can be amazing and very scary. You’ll watch and listen for your baby’s every sound and move. So, it’s easy to get scared by, sometimes, the simplest things. Since we’re all about bowel movements, we did some research on constipation in babies and want to share what we found.

*Please note: Do NOT use fiber supplements and fiber powders to treat constipation, diarrhea, and bloating in children younger than 6 years old.

First: Identify Constipation in Your Baby

Parents are the best ones to identify a change in their babies bowel movements.

Parents know their infants more than anyone. So, you are the best judge to determine if their bowel movements are not as frequent. To check, ask yourself:

  • Is my baby having less frequent bowel movements than usual?
  • Does my baby’s stool look like hard little pebbles [Consistency is the biggest indicator over frequency]? 
  • Is my baby more fussy than usual when trying to have a bowel movement?
  • Does my baby strain for more than 10minutes without any results?

What is straining?

Straining happens when trying to pass a bowel movement. If you’ve ever been through the experience of constipation with no luck, then you know what straining is.

Also, it’s important to note that babies grunt for their first few months. So, if your newborn is grunting don’t be alarmed. This is their way of trying to pass a bowel movement since their stomach muscles have yet to develop.

“A newborn who grunts usually passes soft stools.”

This means grunting is not the same thing as constipation. 

Second: The Cause

It's important to first identify and know the signs to determine if your baby is experiencing consitpation
Studies have shown babies who consume breast milk, are less likely to have diarrhea and an upset stomach.

If you believe your infant is constipated, there could be a couple reasons. 

If you are breastfeeding, “Breastfed babies are less likely to have diarrhea and upset stomach” than compared to babies who are formula fed. This doesn’t mean breastfeeding is the better option if your infant is already used to formula. Keep in mind, with formula your baby will more likely experience constipation. 

Another reason, if you are breastfeeding and believe your little one is constipated, it may be the diet of the parent. Although, this isn’t typically the reason. What you eat still affects them when you’re breastfeeding. So, a simple diet change could help!

In addition, not receiving enough fluids like milk or water can impact your infant’s bowel movements. Just like you! Read all about how water is digestion’s best friend here!

Third: Remedies

First, , we recommend contacting your pediatrician.

There are a few home remedies that can alleviate your infant’s tummy troubles. First, if they are formula-fed, try switching to another formula. 

Second, try movement. We’ve talked about how movement is great for digestion in this blog post. So, it will also help your little one! To do so, have your baby lay on their backs with their knees up. Then do bicycle motions with their legs. The movement should help get their digestive system moving and grooving. 

Third, if your baby is eating solid foods or puree foods, make sure to include some high-fiber foods like:

  • Sweet potatoes
  • Avocados
  • Broccoli
  • Prunes
  • Oatmeal
  • Quinoa 

The Bottom Line

As the parent or guardian, you are ultimately the best person to determine if your baby is experiencing constipation. Afterwards, we recommend contact your pediatrician before trying any of the remedies on your own.

We do NOT recommend using fiber supplements or powders on children younger than 6 years old.

Movement and Digestion: How to get your bowel moving

Uncomfortable bowel movements happen to everyone. We often don’t consider fiber, or just don’t know about it. But there are many other contributing factors such as gastrointestinal illnesses, dehydration, and lack-of-movement between meals. So far, we’ve discussed how dehydration and a low-fiber diet can play a role in constipation. So, we’re going to focus on movement and digestion! 

How Food Travels Through Your Body

What digestion can look like. A man holding his stomach and a drawn white outline of the body's digestive system.
Your digestive system is more than just your stomach and colon!

Before we get into the nitty-gritty, let’s talk about digestion.

Digestion doesn’t start at the stomach. In fact, it starts as soon as you place food into your mouth. And the more you chew, the easier it is for your organs to break down the food you eat. Then, once the food is broken down, your body absorbs the nutrients and tells them where to go. So, what happens if you aren’t eating nutritious meals? 

“Processed and fast foods are often high in fat, making them difficult to digest. They are also rich in sugar, which may upset the balance of bacteria in the gut.”

When your diet is high in processed and fast foods, you’re depriving your body of key nutrients. Also, your body doesn’t agree with processed foods. That’s more work or overload for your gallbladder and kidneys.

Anyways, we all know the last part of digestion, bowel movements💩 

We’ve all experienced uncomfortable bowel movements, but probably don’t have the answer to our troubles. While the contributing factors may vary by person, we’re here to discuss how movement can help!

Why Movement is Important for Digestion

Movement. A low shot of a person's feet in athletic shoes talking a walk surrounded by Cherry Blossom Trees.
Getting some movement in after a meal tells your digestive tract muscles to get moving too!

Now, we’re not saying to do extreme cardio after a heavy meal. Actually, we don’t recommend that at all. We’re talking about light and easy movements such as going for a 10-15min walk and here’s why!

Moving around and using your muscles after you eat triggers peristalsis [peh·ruh·staal·suhs]. Peristalsis is a series of wave-like muscle contractions that move food through the digestive tract.”

So, if the muscles in your digestive tract are moving, then so is everything in there too! Which means by moving your body, your digestive system is getting a push of encouragement from your muscles. 

So, “How long after a meal should I do light exercise?”

Well, this doctor recommends waiting about 1 hour after your meal. 

Light Exercises We Recommend

10-15 Minute Walk

As mentioned earlier, walking for at least 10-15 minutes around the block or on a treadmill will trigger peristalsis!

Belly Breathing

But did you know there is a type of breathing that also aids in digestion? It’s called diaphragmatic breathing or belly breathing. Basically, instead of inhaling with your chest, you inhale with your stomach. This form of breathing helps with digestion because it puts your body into a “rest-and-digest” state. It’s also been shown to reduce anxiety and improve the feeling of relaxation. Here’s how you can do it:

  1. Sit with legs crossed. Make sure your spine is aligned. Head over heart, heart over pelvis.
  2. Place one hand on the middle of the upper chest.
  3. Place the other hand on the stomach, just beneath the rib cage but above the diaphragm.
  4. To inhale, slowly breathe in through the nose, drawing the breath down toward the stomach. The stomach should push upward against the hand, while the chest remains still.
  5. To exhale, tighten the abdominal muscles and let the stomach fall downward while exhaling through pursed lips. Again, the chest should remain still.

Yoga/Stretching

“People believe yoga aids in digestive health by reducing stress, increasing circulation, and promoting physical movement, or motility, of the gastrointestinal (GI) tract.”

There is a form of yoga that encourages belly breathing with each movement. So, if you are up for it, try it!

We are no yoga instructors, only yoga do-ers! So, here’s our recommended yoga tutorial that focuses on digestion!

If you like this blog about your body, check out our Water and Digestion Blog!

Why Water is Great for Digestion and Overall Health

Have you had any water today? Well, bottoms up! Proper hydration is an important part of every diet, and we are going to tell you why. Basically, water is great for your overall health and digestion but we’re going to share more details. 

Hydration is Digestion’s BFF

One of water’s many roles in our bodies is aiding in digestion! Fluids help move things along in our digestive tract, just like fiber does. But fiber never works alone, it always needs the help of proper hydration! 

Check out our blog post High Fiber Diet, to learn more about fiber!

Dehydration is one of the most common reasons behind constipation. Without enough fluids, your digestive tract can’t easily move or break down food. The large intestine will begin to absorb water from your food waste which leads to uncomfortable poops. Not giving your body enough fluids can really harm your digestive tract and bathroom experience. And if you don’t believe us, then here’s a study done with elderly adults: 

“ poor intake of water or excessive loss of fluid and electrolytes from the body such as during vomiting, high sweat rates or from renal disease can reduce water content of the stools and lead to constipation.”

While H2O is helping to break down foods, it’s also helping your body absorb the nutrients from the foods you eat. Water is a true multi-tasker! 

So far, water aids in digestion and helps your body absorb nutrients. What a pal! 

Water is an important part of everyone's diet.
Proper hydration plays an important role in preventing constipation.

How Much Water Should I be Drinking

Your body needs plenty of fluids because of the many ways our body uses them. Your kidneys, skin, brain, stomach, heart, colon, and your entire body needs water. So, this what experts suggest

Did you know we also intake water from the foods we eat! Proper hydration isn’t only about chugging a gallon of water but also incorporating foods with a high-water content. These can be foods like watermelon, cauliflower, tomatoes, and more

Proper Hydration is Good for Your Body and Brain

Proper hydration is important for regulating body temperature and helping brain function!

In warmer climates, drinking enough water is crucial for your body temperature because of sweating. Sweating’s role is to cool down your body temperature and it can’t do that without enough fluids. 

Some say constipation is a “summer disease” because how easy it is to become dehydrated in the summer months. So, drink more fluids in the summer and warmer climates to avoid constipation and keep your body cool. 

Now, let’s talk about your brain. Researchers have studied how dehydration affects cognitive function. Here’s what they found: 

“ Being dehydrated by just 2% impairs performance in tasks that require attention, psychomotor, and immediate memory skills, as well as assessment of the subjective state. “

In order to perform at your very best, don’t forget to include plenty of fluids!

It's important to listen to your body if you are feeling dehydrated.
In warmer climates, its especially important to keep your body hydrated!

Hydration is Key

When it comes to digestion and the overall upkeep for your body, water is key! You can increase your water intake by incorporating foods with a high-water content and of course, drinking plenty of water.

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!

Like this recipe? Try out our Keto No-Bake Energy Bites!

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.

How Fiber can Support Your Keto Diet

Beginning a diet is never easy and can come with a lot of challenges but digestion doesn’t have to be one of them. The keto diet has taken social media by storm and we are going to explain how fiber can support your keto diet.

Keto Diet Explained

So, what exactly is the keto diet and what does it do to your body? 

Imagine instead of your body running on sugar, it runs on fat! That’s what the keto diet does. It is a high-fat, high-protein, and low carbohydrates diet. We all know carbohydrates eventually turn into sugar so things like bread, pasta, and starchy veggies are all foods to limit on keto. 

After limiting your body from carbohydrates, it will then begin to run off fat. But the beginning transition to keto can come with a few challenges. 

If you are considering changing to a keto diet, we recommend speaking with your doctor to see if the diet is right for you.

Beginning Keto Diet Challenges

First of all, dieting. 

If you have never subjected yourself to dieting, it can be a real challenge. Changing the way you eat food to strict boundaries places a lot of pressure on you, but don’t worry. Nobody is perfect and you are not defined by your eating habits. Go easy on yourself, dieting is tough! 

Any tips you may ask? Be gradual and forgiving of yourself. Don’t forget your mental health when trying to take care of your body. Set aside some time everyday for just you to pursue things that bring you joy. 

Alright, second challenge: Constipation

As your body goes through this immense shift, you may experience what other keto dieters have went through called the “keto flu”. Some of these symptoms include diarrhea, constipation, and sugar cravings.

Your body is having a hard time adjusting to the lack of carbs in your diet. This is why you need to be gradual when beginning ketosis. It requires more time but your body will thank you and you won’t experience the keto flu.

“high-fat diets slow digestion and decrease GI motilty, so its especially important to get enough.[fiber]”

If you have already started the diet and are experiencing some digestion issues, try giving fiber a shot. It’s important to nourish your body with plenty of fiber whether you are dieting or not.

“But wait! A lot of high fiber foods aren’t always keto friendly, like bread!”

That’s true but did you know there are veggies, fruits, grains, and nuts that are high in fiber and low in net carbs? Take a peek⬇️

There are tons of veggies, grains, and nuts that are low in net carbs and high in fiber!
Vegetables and grains like avocado, are low in net carbs but high in fiber!

But we get it, sometimes getting your daily dietary fiber intake [which is recommended to be 20-35 grams of fiber per day] isn’t always easy. If only there was a way to get delicious plant-based fiber that’s sugar-free and low carb…🤔

Well today is your lucky day! Naturlax® specializes in providing plant-based and sugar-free fiber powders in over 80 delicious flavors!

Naturlax offers only plant-based, sugar-free, gluten-free, and low carb fiber supplements.
Naturlax makes it easy to increase your fiber-intake without breaking your keto diet.

Naturlax® Fiber Powders are derived from psyllium husk and are always naturally flavored! They’re an easy addition to keto baked breads, pancakes, waffles, and even smoothies. We even have our own Keto No-Bake Energy Bites Recipe!

So What Have We Learned Today?

Well, dieting isn’t easy and you should be forgiving of yourself during this time Adhering to a strict diet isn’t for everyone and isn’t easily accomplished.

Diets like the keto diet cause a huge transition in your body which may lead to some digestion issues. That’s why fiber can be keto dieter’s best friend! There are tons of foods that are low in net carbs and high in fiber like avocados and chia puddings. But to get some quick fiber, try a sugar-free and low-carb fiber powder like Naturlax®!

Your Pets Can Benefit From Fiber: Here’s How

Have your pets ever had stomach problems? Constipation? Or even diarrhea? Most likely, it means your pets need some fiber but you should always consult with your veterinarian first. 

There are many health conditions that can arise in your canine and feline friends if they aren’t receiving a well-balanced diet (this includes fiber), exercise, and love!  Some of these include obesity and diabetes. If their health issues can be solved with fiber, it’s super easy and delicious to incorporate some fiber into their diets. Da-dada-da! Fiber to the rescue! 

Cats & Dogs are Just Different

When it comes to fiber, and a lot of other things, cats and dogs are different. It may surprise you, but your canine companions are actually omnivores and cats are strictly carnivorous. This means, dogs actually need more fiber in their diets than cats. It also makes it easier to give them fiber since their bodies are made to digest protein and plants. 

Now, my cat lovers may be asking themselves, “So does my cat need fiber???

The answer isn’t as simple as yes or no. First, you need to consider their lifestyles. Are they an outdoor cat getting constant exercise or are they an indoor cat who’s on the sleepier side? 

If you have an outdoor cat hunting birds and other small prey, they don’t need additional fiber in their diets. They actually get enough fiber from the prey they eat! But if you know your outdoor adventurer doesn’t hunt because she has food at home, then they can use some fiber. 

Under all conditions, indoor cats benefit from adding some fiber into their diets. Indoor cats are more prone to obesity than outdoor cats because they aren’t as active. But remember, cat’s diets should remain mostly meat protein so they don’t need a lot of fiber. Just enough to provide hunger satisfaction!  

Now that we understand the basics, let’s discuss how fiber in your pets can prevent and manage obesity and diabetes. 

Obesity and Diabetes in Your Pets

In the United States alone, 25%-30% of the dog pup-ulation are diagnosed with obesity. For our feline friends, it is approximately 30%-35%. That’s a cat-astrophe! 

Obesity happens for our little fluff-balls the same way as it happens for us humans: eating overly processed foods and not getting enough exercise. 

Studies have shown diets high in fiber and low in fat dramatically help your dogs lose weight compared to high protein diets. Fiber is a major key component of a healthy pet lifestyle. 

Fiber helps manage body weight by making you and your pets feel fuller for longer. So, there’s less overeating and more hunger satisfaction. Soluble fiber slows down digestion by creating gel like substance in your and your pets stomach. That’s why we all feel fuller with fiber! 

Fiber also helps your pets avoid spikes in blood sugar, and can even help treat diabetes!

Now since diabetes is more common in older pets, your vet may recommend exercise, insulin injections, and an improved diet (including more fiber). Fiber helps manage diabetes in your pets by slowing the absorption of glucose and improving blood sugar levels. All these are essential for managing diabetes. 

How Do I Give My Pets Fiber?

You may be asking yourself, “How do I give my pets more fiber???”

Fortunately, there are a lot of pet foods out there that contain fiber. Unfortunately, the fiber can be just as processed as the food itself. It’s important to read labels and research how to identify which pet foods contain harmful by-products, and which have good nutrients in them. 

The best kind of fiber for your pets are plant-based! This includes sweet potatoes, pumpkin puree, and green beans. Throw in some steamed veggies or puree into their meals next time. But be careful not to give them too much fiber too quickly! As with any fiber, too much can cause constipation, bloating, and diarrhea.

Also, don’t forget, cats and dogs have different dietary needs. Although, cats can still eat some plant-based fiber foods, dogs can eat much more than cats. Check out the list below!

“Did that list say psyllium husk fiber powder???” It sure did! 

Psyllium husk is all natural which means it’s safe for your pets. But do NOT give them flavored psyllium husk powder. We recommend our Naturlax™ Pure Psyllium Husk Fiber Powder for your constipated pets. 

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LET’S REVIEW

Fiber is your pet’s best friend when it comes to constipation, diabetes, and weight loss. Dogs need more fiber than cats and can eat a lot more fiber enriched foods because they are omnivores. Depending on the lifestyle of your cat, they may or may not need additional fiber added to their diets. 

And as always, check with your vet for your pet’s best bet!

If you like this blog, check out our post High Fiber Diet: Why it’s important and what you should eat.

Here’s How Fiber Can Support Your Pregnancy

A pregnant woman sitting crossed in front of a bowl of fruit and a glass of milk.
Fiber has been shown to support healthy pregnancies.

Fiber is important for everyone, but especially if you’re pregnant!  On average, a high-fiber diet supports weight loss, lowers blood pressure, prevents constipation, and lowers your risk of heart disease. If you are pregnant, a high-fiber diet will do all these things and more! 

Constant Constipation

“high-fiber diets in pregnancies helps avoids constipation and hemorrhoids”

For those who are pregnant, their body will undergo dramatic changes to make room for the baby. The body will experience organ displacement as the baby grows larger, which may cause some constipation. A study found high-fiber diets in pregnancies helps avoid constipation and hemorrhoids during this time.  So, to relieve any constipation, try some fiber, but not too much! Ease into it and drink plenty of fluids along the way. 

Although, constipation is a quick fix, there are other conditions that can occur during some pregnancies like gestational diabetes and preeclampsia. Keep reading to find out why these aren’t great to have. 

Pregnancy Diabetes and High-Blood Pressure!

If you didn’t know before, there is a specific type of diabetes that occurs only when a person is pregnant. This is called gestational diabetes and occurs within 2% to 10% of pregnancies every year! Usually this kind of diabetes leaves with pregnancy or it may turn into type 2 diabetes!

Fortunately, if you are planning to get pregnant, you are able to prevent these outcomes before they start! As always, we recommend speaking with your doctor to find the options that best fit you. 

To prevent gestational diabetes, make sure you are at a healthy weight before getting pregnant and getting constant physical activity. And remember, fiber is a great way for you to control your weight!

“What if I’ve already been diagnosed with gestational diabetes?”

Well, it can be managed by checking your blood sugar, eating a healthy and well-balanced diet (this involves a high-fiber diet), getting moderate physical activity, and monitoring your baby’s health with a doctor. 

Now, on to the next condition. 

Preeclampsia occurs during pregnancy spiking up a person’s blood pressure. In fact, 1 out of every 20 pregnancies will experience this condition in the third trimester! The most common cure is delivery but luckily, there are plenty of things you can do to prevent it!

Natural fiber powders like Naturlax have been recommended by doctors.

It’s No Secret, it’s Just Fiber!

“high-fiber diets significantly reduced a pregnancy’s risk of experiencing preeclampsia in their third trimester by 67%!”

As soon as your first trimester, it is recommended to start eating more fiber! The majority of the U.S. population’s fiber consumption is below the recommended standard, so quit slacking! As we’ve discussed in a previous blog post, it is recommended for men and women to consume 20-38 grams of fiber a day. This is around where most studies have determined what is a high-fiber diet for pregnancies. And believe me, you’ll know when you’ve had enough!

One study found high-fiber diets significantly reduced a pregnancy’s risk of experiencing preeclampsia in their third trimester by 67%! That’s over half!

Even by adding two slices of whole-grain bread into their daily diet found to reduce the risk by 14%. Thats, near half…

The Many Shapes and Forms of Fiber

You may be asking yourself, “how do I get more fiber into my diet?”.

Luckily there a lot of the foods you probably already eat that contain high amounts of fiber. But remember, it’s important to ease your way into fiber and always drink plenty of fluids with your fiber. Do as your doctor recommends! 

Some high fiber foods include fruits, veggies, beans and legumes, and nuts but if all these make you sick, try natural fiber supplements like Naturlax!  

At Naturlax, our fiber supplements are naturally derived from the husks of the Plantago ovata plant, safe enough for your pregnancies and but still effective. Some studies even recommended natural fiber supplements, like psyllium, for those who are pregnant and struggle to achieve a high-fiber diet. 

Pop Quiz! Just Kidding, Let’s Review!

Let’s review what we learned today: fiber is especially important for those who are pregnant. Among the benefits fiber already provides, fiber can also help manage gestational diabetes and prevent preeclampsia. Fiber is easy to find in anyway grocery store! But it’s also easy and effective to try natural fiber supplements.

Enough fiber a day, can keep these conditions away!

High Fiber Tropical Smoothie To Start Your Day

It’s a beautiful day and the birds are chirping outside the Naturlax kitchen window. We are starting off our day with a bang as we line up our fruits for our Nutritious High Fiber Tropical smoothie.

What’s the secret to our amazing texture and taste you ask? Well, our little secret is that we love to add in Naturlax pineapple psyllium fiber. It supports us in creating the smooth texture in our smoothie.

We kick off our days with this delicious smoothie as it helps us get the right amount of nutritional support for our day.  It’s super important to make sure that we get all our daily needed nutrients.

Did you know that women need approximately 25g of fiber per day? For men, it’s even more, with a recommended 38g of fiber per day? Yeah, this blew our minds as well especially since we found out that on average adults only consume about half of that. Luckily one serving size of Naturlax contains 4g of fibers, which can help you get closer to your goal. That is why we enjoy adding it into our smoothies.

So before we hit the floor running we like to take some time to nourish our bodies with all that we need.  Of course, we couldn’t keep this recipe to ourselves…

High Fiber Tropical Smoothie Recipe

What you’ll need…

🍍 ½ cup of Pineapple

🍌 ½ cup of Banana

🥛 1 cup of Almond Milk

🥄 ½ cup of Yogurt

💗 1 Packet of Naturlax Pineapple Psyllium Fiber

❄️ 1 cup of Ice

Directions

  1. Add in all items into a blender
  2. Then blend
  3. Pour into your favorite glass and enjoy


This is great for a morning boost or a pick me up throughout the day. To check out our 80+ flavor selections visit NaturLax