I know, right? Totally TMI! I could have titled it “Italians Are Constipated” but I just love the expression they use instead, this whole “lazy intestine” thing, it seemed far more culturally appropriate.
Hey, if you don’t believe me, as always, I offer you photographic evidence:
It says: Lazy Intestine? (great headline, btw. Wish I would have thought of that back in my advertising copywriter days. Or rather, wish I had had an excuse to use it.)
And then goes on to propose the ultimate herbal solution titled, “10 Herbs” (creative, I know).
Seriously people, I’ve never lived anywhere in my life where the functions of the intestine and constipation in general are discussed with more enthusiasm and vigor, and remedies traded freely over the dinner table. Bleh. Honestly. Is it just me, or is this like the Italian obsession with the “febbre”? Why is there such a constipation problem in this country? Do we lack fiber in our diets? I don’t know. I personally haven’t ever said anything as mortifying at dinner or any other meal as I’ve heard way too often “Non riesco ad andare al bagno” (“I can’t go to the bathroom.” It’s like, thanks for sharing!) but somehow it seems to be a major point of discussion especially among women. I’ve heard it all in terms of remedies, from the tried and true prunes (um, grossness) to disgusting green smelly “tisane” (herbal teas) purchased at monastery pharmacies, to nature’s own kiwi, stewed apples…you name it. As we say in Italian when something totally perplexes us and leaves us without any adequate response: BOH.
Of course it’s always fun when hubba hubba bombshell Roman Alessia Marcuzzi shares the magical “bifidus actiregularis” (loving the psuedo-latin name making it sound so medicinal and functional) with scientific animated diagram, to help her friend feel less bloated as a red balloon:
Oh man, that frog is really suffering. Get some 10 Herbs in here like right now!