Occasionally when I cleanse I get constipated. One of the symptoms of candida is constipation. I will say that a lot of my candida symptoms have disappeared, but every so often I still get constipated. To counteract this I do specific exercises and eat produce that will increase my regularity, but I’ve found that does not always work when I’m juicing. That’s when I reach for herbs; senna or black walnut hulls. However since I was out of both, I went to my last resort, purchasing an herbal laxative tea.
Yesterday morning you could find me at my local Target, looking for Traditional Medicinals Organic Smooth Move tea. It’s a brand I’ve used in the past and for me at least, it’s been very effective to get my bowels moving again. Initially I was only going to purchase one box, but since it was on sale I bought four boxes. If I’m constipated, I’ll normally drink the tea first thing in the morning. I prepare the tea the night before, let steep for at least an hour and drink one cup before bedtime and one the following morning. The teas will last me a long time! I don’t use them daily. In addition to using it as a laxative I also use it as an herbal rinse for my daughters and my hair.
I’ve read where some experts recommend not coaxing yourself to go while cleansing. I’m sorry, but that is way too uncomfortable for me to be doing that and there is no way I want to keep carrying around waste. It’s meant to leave my body not to stay and clog up my colon.
Consuming only freshly prepared juice and raw foods is going great! I’ll be sure to post some more of my recipes (juice and raw foods) throughout the week.