People think because I am a nutritional therapist my body runs like a finely tuned machine. But this is not always the case. Sometimes my digestion gets a little sluggish. This is my body’s way of telling me that I am not eating enough vegetables or drinking enough water.
With a romantic dinner on the horizon, I didn’t feel like waiting for my digestion to catch up by consuming copious amounts of veggies and water. However, I wanted to feel thin and light and energetic for my date, not constipated and heavy. So I decided to try a time-honored tradition to speed things along; Prune juice.
I drank about 8 ounces of prune juice at approximately 6am. Forty-five minutes later, Bingo! The steak and chicken from the last two nights of my veggie neglect were cleansed out of me. Feeling satisfied, I did a little bit of work and decided to take a nap.
Next thing I knew, I had the urgent need to get to the bathroom. Was I awake? Or, was I dreaming? You know how sometimes you dream that you have to go to the bathroom, but you know you are dreaming, and briefly contemplate whether you can pee in your dream or need to get up because you really have to go? This is where I was. Who would have thought going back to bed would have been such a gamble.
I got the sweats for the next 6 hours as the gas from the fermenting prune juice grumbled through my digestive tract. The constipated heavy feeling was replaced with gas and bloating. Several times throughout the day I felt uncertain if the bloated feeling was going to be released as a gas, or more of the explosive diarrhea. I kept close to the bathroom for safety’s sake. I realized I probably drank too much.
By the time I was ready for my romantic dinner, I still felt uncertain that the gas moving through my intestines was gas and made for an uncomfortable evening. Next time, I think I will eat my veggies and drink my water. And follow my own advice that an apple a day can really keep constipation at bay. Because believe me, prune juice is not for the faint of heart!