As the title of the popular children’s book reminds us, everybody poops! But bowel movements aren’t exactly something most of us want to think about (or talk about) very often. When you are used to being regular, occasional constipation can be annoying and frustrating. Thankfully, certain healthy habits can help you deal – and our delicious Kiwi Regularity Chews can promote improved regularity and reduce occasional constipation.* Plus, these tasty chews (made with REAL kiwifruit) support better digestion and offer a prebiotic microbiome boost.*
Read on to learn more, including some healthy habits to support regularity.
What is Occasional Constipation?*
Occasional constipation is normal, but it can throw a wrench into your everyday routine. Ever try going for your morning run or doing a deep twist in yoga if you haven’t had a good poop yet that day? Or have you tried to concentrate during a meeting with your boss when you’re wondering when your body will return to regularly scheduled, um, programming? Plus, occasional constipation is like a traffic jam in your gut, so things back up, which can cause gas and bloating (not to mention embarrassment).
Occasional constipation is quite common, with an estimated 16 in 100 US adults dealing with this annoyance. It’s two times more common in adults over 60! Did you know? You don’t have to go every day to be considered “regular.” Occasional constipation is defined as having a BM less than three times a week or passing stool that’s dry, lumpy, difficult, hard or uncomfortable. It may also feel incomplete (like you still have to go).
7 Healthy Habits to Support Regularity*
Changes in routine – like not drinking your usual amount of water, traveling to a different time zone, eating a heavier or more processed diet, not having access to veggies and fiber-filled foods for a few days or taking certain medications – can all play a role with occasional constipation. Here are some healthy habits that can support regularity.
- Focus on fiber.
Dietary fiber comes in two forms: soluble and insoluble fiber. Soluble fiber is found in foods like oat bran, nuts, beans, peas, psyllium and some fruits and vegetables. It supports digestion, draws water in and forms a gel during digestion. Insoluble fiber is found in whole grains and vegetables. This fiber bulks up the stool, making it easier to pass. Women need about 25 grams daily, while men need about 38 grams a day. Fiber helps keep things moving, so make sure you’re getting plenty of it every day.
- Stay hydrated.
More than half of the human body is made of water! We need a lot of water in order for all aspects of the body to function optimally. When we fall short on fluids – both the foods we eat and the beverages we drink count – the large intestine will take water from food waste and divert it into the bloodstream. Guess what? When that food waste doesn’t contain adequate water, it’s harder to pass and can lead to occasional constipation. A good rule of thumb is to drink small amounts of water throughout the day. Don’t wait until you’re thirsty to drink up. That’s actually a sign that you might already be under on your water quota.
- Move your body.
Exercise supports healthy digestion in addition to so many other aspects of health. From cardiovascular health to mood, the immune system to healthy bones, moving your body daily has so many benefits. A light walk after meals can promote healthy digestion, and it’s also a great way to boost your energy.
- Choose whole foods.
Processed foods are tasty and convenient – but they often have the fiber and other nutrients stripped out. Without fiber, those foods might stick around in the digestive tract longer. And if you reach for other foods that don’t provide fiber, your digestive system misses out on that “bulking” action.
- Relax and put your feet up.
In order for your body to get things moving, you need to relax and let go. Give yourself plenty of time – don’t rush your BMs – and consider giving yourself a “leg up.” Using a squat-style foot stool or even two yoga blocks under your feet may make it easier to go #2.
- Stick to a routine.
When work gets busy or you go on vacation, does your usual routine get tossed aside? It’s completely understandable! Your body loves knowing what to expect, so changing things up can also influence your digestion. Do your best to prioritize the same habits you in your “normal” life. Eat healthy meals whenever possible, drink plenty of water (especially after flights or travel), move your body, etc.
- Chew your way to regularity.*
Don’t sweat it when occasional constipation happens, but know that regularity can finally be a part of your life!* Kiwi Regularity Chews improve regularity and support digestion.* Made with a cold-press process and more than 15 real kiwifruit in every bottle, the formula helps relieve occasional constipation – and helps reduce gas and bloating, too.*
About Kiwi Regularity Chews
- Improved regularity*
- Reduced occasional constipation*
- Better digestion*
- Prebiotic microbiome boost*
With over 15 real, organic kiwifruits in every bottle, Kiwi Regularity Chews contain Actazin kiwifruit in every bottle. These kiwifruit help maintain regularity and healthy digestion.*
Kiwi Regularity does NOT contain probiotics, but it does offer prebiotics to help give your gut microbiome a boost.* When your gut starts feeling regular, your whole body feels the lift! Quick refresher course: Probiotics are the “good” or beneficial bacteria in your microbiome. Prebiotics are a fiber that also support gut health by helping the microbiome flourish.*
What are the Benefits of Kiwi Chews?
We know you’re wondering: How does kiwi help with digestion? Kiwifruits from New Zealand provide fiber, nutrients and a unique digestive enzyme called Actinidin. This combination is potent – and provides benefits not only for digestion but also for regularity and microbiome health.*
The dietary fiber found in fuzzy green kiwifruits retains more water than other common sources of fiber. It can also swell up more! It takes on three times its original volume. That’s a whopping 12 times more than wheat bran, six times more than apple fiber and 150% more than psyllium. When it comes to water retention, kiwifruit fiber also has twice the capacity of apple fiber and four times that of wheat bran. This is what allows green kiwifruits to help maintain normal bowel movements.*
What is Actazin?
Actazin is a clinically studied, cold-pressed extract made from non-GMO, Zespri New Zealand kiwifruit that comes with a whole host of benefits. It is through Zespri’s processing and drying techniques that they are able to ensure that high levels of key nutrients and bioactives are maintained.
In a study on the efficacy of Actazin for promoting regularity, Actazin was shown to increase the number of weekly bowel movements of healthy individuals.* The study concluded that while a higher dosage (2,400 mg) was optimal for when someone was feeling “stopped up,” a lower dose of 600 mg was ideal to for the maintenance of regular bowel movements.*
Beyond maintaining normal regularity, Actazin helps to bring out a whole host of other beneficial aspects of the kiwifruit, including prebiotics to help the microbiome flourish and the enzyme Actinidin to enhance protein digestion.*
In vitro studies have demonstrated Actazin to have a positive effect on beneficial bacterial strains such as those in the gut microbiome.* Actazin supported the growth of common probiotics without supporting growth of unwanted bacteria.* Results from studies suggest that 25mg of Actazin can boost the population of 1 billion CFU of bacteria to a 90% increase in growth.
What Makes These Kiwi Special?
In Kiwi Regularity, we only use Zespri kiwifruits (since they are used to make Actazin), and they are special! Zespri is the world’s leading kiwifruit manufacturer. They have a unique 12-stage system to grow kiwifruit to the highest standards on the planet for both quality and sustainability. In order to ensure that no harmful chemicals or pesticides contaminate their crops, every orchard they run is independently tested for agricultural residues before each and every single harvest.
They use a custom-managed irrigation system that ensures no water is wasted. Plus, the trimmings pruned from the vines are mulched then used to enrich the soil of the orchards so that nothing goes to waste. Kiwifruit that are grown in New Zealand are also exposed to more ultraviolet light, leading to higher levels of secondary metabolite that offer promising health benefits.
Shop for Kiwi Chews at Enzymedica.com or find a store near you. Enzymedica products are sold in stores nationwide and on your favorite online retailers! A 30-count bottle costs $22.75.
Does Every Kiwi Chew Have Real Kiwi?
Yes, every kiwi chew contains real kiwi. Our Kiwi Regularity Chews are always made with REAL kiwifruit.
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Taking Kiwi Regularity Chews is simple: Chew 2 relief chews daily. More may be taken as needed, not to exceed 6 daily. Natural speckling may occur. Consult with a physician prior to use if you are pregnant, nursing, taking medications, or have a medical condition.
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Why Choose Enzymedica
At Enzymedica, our mission has remained the same since 1998, to make great health easy for everyone in the family. We are the number one seller of digestive enzymes in America! Since the first day, we have been providing natural digestive health and wellness products of the highest quality and efficacy. We develop formulas based on the same high standards, each tailored for your unique needs or health goals. And we always source the best ingredients available on our planet, each backed by cutting-edge scientific research. Learn more about our mission – and how we are committed to helping people and planet.