How SmartLife Chocolate Can Help Your Constipation
If you’re having fewer than three bowel movements a week or having difficult or infrequent bowel movements, you might be constipated. While it happens to nearly everyone at some point or another, it’s definitely something to avoid if you can. Constipation can seriously affect quality of life, both short and long term.
Along with issues with or discomfort in eliminating, abdominal bloating, vomiting, and obstruction of the colon may accompany constipation. If not addressed, constipation can lead to irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and colon cancer. Fortunately, probiotics can help. Probiotics, like those in SmartLife Chocolate probiotic chocolate, can promote normal colon activity.
The type of probiotic matters
Extensive research has shown probiotics help to promote normal colon activity. However, not all probiotics are created equal. There are a number of different species of probiotics, and some are better than others. SmartLife Chocolate’s probiotic chocolate contains two carefully selected probiotic species: Bifidobacterium longum and Lactobacillus reuteri.
Lactobacillus reuteri is a “friendly” bacterium that aids in digestion and nutrient absorption. A Swedish study found that taking Lactobacillus reuteri promoted overall healthiness, stimulating the immune system and reducing gastrointestinal or respiratory tract diseases in those who took the bacteria.
A recent study found Bifidobacterium longum as more effective in promoting a normal colon as compared to other tested species. The study also indicated Bifidobacterium helps maintain a normal colon by increasing the level of Lactobacillus (another win!).
Why it’s important to avoid senna
Senna is an herb frequently used for constipation and found in a number of laxatives. Unfortunately, according to various studies, senna can lead to serious side effects including cardiac arrhythmias, cramping, contraction of coronary arteries, and heart attacks. A study also indicates that using senna for more than two weeks could result in melanosis coli, a risk factor for colorectal tumors. SmartLife Chocolate products do not, and will never, contain senna.
The studies mentioned are the product of their respective authors and not of SmartLife Chocolate, LLC, and this article is only provided as a convenience. This statement has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.