Posts Tagged "Homemade Miralax"

Homemade Miralax: Pearberry Smoothie

Posted by on Jun 5, 2012 in Family Health, Gluten Free, Healthy Eating, Healthy Smoothies, Recipes, Smoothie, Vegan | 4 comments

Last week I posted about the NY Times article and my problem with doctors not giving parents the tools to help children go to the bathroom. Over the weekend, I gave a stab at making a homemade Miralax that was tasty for kids to drink. This takes about 2-minutes total to make. While I know it is so much easier to have a jug of chalk on hand, but to use REAL food that has many health benefits of fiber, vitamins and minerals, seriously you can’t go wrong. The ingredients are simple: 1/2c of flax milk or other non-dairy milk (remember, milk can be constipating) water will be fine too. 1 organic pear (5.5g of fiber) 1c of frozen raspberries (8g of fiber) 1T of unfiltered flax oil (1g fiber) 2tsp of raw honey *If you would like to add your favorite vanilla non dairy, non-soy protein powder, then you may, but it is not necessary, though we did. Blend in your blender and drink up. I would give kids half of this, adults should drink the whole thing. The pear gives it a nice foam, while the frozen raspberries give it that frozen smoothie texture, flax oil helps things to move along and honey, well that too has a laxative effect. Even in the Bible, in Proverbs 25:16 it states: “If you find honey, eat just enough–too much of it, and you will vomit.” Raw honey has its medicinal purposes. Not only does it have trace minerals we are lacking, it has a lubricating effect on the intestines helping waste move along. Heck, someone even did a study on it, but sometimes the Good Book is truly full of information that has been known for centuries. That’s it. This smoothie will provide half of your fiber needs for the day for adults and half of it will for children. Simple? Yep, that easy. Now give it a...

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Ditch the Miralax- use these natural solutions to ease constipation.

Posted by on Jun 1, 2012 in Food, Healthy Smoothies, Vegan | 11 comments

A local friend and blogger posted this NY Times article on her Facebook Page: “Miralax, A Popular Cure, But Not for Children” I read the article in its entirety and have several problems on many levels. But here is what you need to know and understand about constipation and going number two. First, we should have one healthy bowel movement daily. I don’t care what doctors tell you it is NOT normal to go every other or every three days. We should be eliminating once every 24 hours and if you go twice per day, even better. A sign of a true healthy digestive track. Take a look at your track record here, if this has been an ongoing problem, then you must take a good, hard look at your diet and water intake. Both can have a profound effect in how you feel. The foods we eat can cause irritation in our system, especially if we eat the same foods over, over and over. Here are some reasons why things get stuck: 1. Lack of fiber in the diet 2. Not enough water 3. No exercise or sitting for long periods every day 4. Underlying food sensitivity 5. Antibiotics Fiber: There are two types of fiber soluble and insoluble. Soluble dissolves in water and works in the large intestine by absorbing water into the stool. It also helps sweep up the cholesterol and helps to make you feel full, bonus! This is what good ole fashioned oatmeal will do for you. Insoluble does not dissolve in water, well a little bit, but it helps bulk up the stool and get push it through. Grounded flax seeds is an example of insoluble fiber, it is 75% insoluble, 25% soluble. Most fruits, veggies, beans are a combination of both (eh-hem..). However, if you do not drink enough water when you consume insoluble fiber, it can be harder to push it all out and why water intake must be increased when you increase your fiber. How much fiber do we need? The Institute of Medicine says, 14g for every 1000 kcal of food. Roughly about 19g of fiber for kids ages 1-3; 25g of fiber for kids 4-8; and 30g of fiber over the age of nine. Now you know. Food sensitivity: There is plenty of research out there that links chronic constipation to an milk intolerance. Even the official journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics states, “A trial of dietary elimination of cow’s milk should be considered if there is chronic constipation and other modes of therapies have not worked.” Even if other modes of therapies have worked, consider eliminating milk and ALL milk products for 2 weeks in kids, 3 weeks in adults and denote how the body changes. Also processed wheat, anything white has been stripped of its natural fiber content. And in some cases, a gluten sensitivity can cause chronic constipation even when everything else has failed. I would first give dairy a try. So what about Miralax and the use of helping kids get their systems working. It is a short term remedy if a remedy at all. Miralax if used on a daily basis makes our colon, well lazy. Why should it have to work when Miralax is doing the work for you? Constipation is an issue that needs to be addressed by using dietary approaches that are simple and better for our health than just swallowing some liquid chalk. For those parents who are addicted to giving their kids Miralax, here are some safer options: Flax Oil: Is an excellent choice helping kids...

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