Natural and Effective Constipation Relief Strategies

Constipation can make you feel like a grouchy, torn-from-sleep-bear in winter. Chronic constipation feels like someone’s prodding that bear with a pitchfork.

To add to the irritation and discomfort, constipation produces toxins that release into the bloodstream. Because of this, chronic constipation is dangerous – it is the cause of various diseases, such as appendicitis, arthritis, rheumatism, cataracts, high blood pressure, and cancer.

No one wants to run into a grouchy bear with high blood pressure. So take care of it before it becomes a problem.

  • Possible causes
    • Not enough water or fiber intake
    • High consumption of meat, tea or coffee
    • Insufficient chewing
    • Irregular eating and drinking habits
    • Diet high in processed foods and sugar
    • Overeating
    • Hypothyroidism (under-active thyroid)
    • Certain medications (check the labels)
    • Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) – can cause spasms in colon that slow speed at which contents of intestine move through digestive tract
    • Laxative abuse – if taken over long period of time, you become dependent and eventually your intestines fail to work properly
    • Sedentary lifestyle and weak abdominal muscles
    • Ignoring the urge to go – if you constantly suppress and ignore you urge to have a bowel movement, eventually you may stop feeling the urge
    • Stress (what doesn’t stress cause??) or general mental condition
  • Remedies
    • Get checked for hypothyroidism, especially if you are a woman over 40.
    • Try squatting over the toilet by placing a stool near the base to raise your knees or just squatting on the seat itself.  This is a more natural way to go, and many people around the world go to the bathroom this way. It allows you to expel stool more easily and reduces risk of hemorrhoids.
    • Exercise, especially outdoors. Your body was meant to move, not sit chained and immobile at a desk all day.
    • Babies naturally defecate right after they’re fed. As adults, we learn to control and suppress bowel and bladder movements. You can work to revive this though by trying to go around the same time each day, after a meal. It is possible to train the body, however, this works easier for young people than for the elderly. Just pick a time and go to the bathroom, whether you feel the urge or not. With time, your body may start to recognize this as a queue to get things moving.
    • Psyllium seeds.  These seeds are unique because they are an adaptogenic fiber, meaning it’ll soften the stool if you’re constipated and reduce frequency of bowel movements if you have loose stools.  Start with ¼ tsp ground seeds added to a full glass of water.  Work up to 1 or 2 tsp until constipation is relieved.  Do not take over long period of time.
      • If you have asthma, consult a doctor.  Some asthmatics are allergic to psyllium.
      • If you have diverticular disease, consult your doctor before taking.
      • Do not take within 2 hours of taking medication, as it may decrease absorption of medication.
    • Take a high quality probiotic.  This balances good and bad bacteria in the gut, which is absolutely crucial for good digestion and elimination.
    • Aloe vera. The yellow portion beneath the skin works extremely well, so be careful not to have too much. Cut the stalk at the base, and cut a smaller piece off that. Cut the small piece lengthwise to expose the gelatinous interior and scoop that out to eat raw. Refrigerate the rest.
    • Flax seeds. Boil 1 teaspoon in quarter cup water until the water becomes thick and almost jelly like. Eat and try to enjoy. No, it doesn’t taste good. But it works like magic and you’ll soon be running again.
    • This is tastier than the previous one – cook some oatmeal with flax seeds (don’t cook to the point that oats are mushy – you should be able to identify the individual flakes). Depending on severity of constipation, about 1/2 teaspoon flax seeds per quarter cup oatmeal. Experiment for yourself what amount is right.
    • Chew food slowly and thoroughly
    • Eat unrefined, high-fiber foods such as whole grains, beans, raw and unfiltered honey, green and leafy vegetables, and fruit. To avoid gas, introduce fiber gradually into your diet and drink plenty of water so that the fiber can easily get through your system.
    • Squeeze half a lime into hot water, add 1/2 teaspoon salt and drink
    • Guava. Eat one or two per day, depending on severity. Eat the guava with the seeds.
    • Grapes. Eat at least 350 grams per day. If you don’t have fresh grapes, soak raisins in water overnight. They’ll balloon to their pre-raisin size. Eat on an empty stomach first thing in the morning, including the water they’ve been happily swimming in for the past 24 hours.
    • Orange. Eat one or two in the evening and morning. Not only great for constipation, but it prevents accumulation of food residue in the colon as well.
    • Papaya. Eat half a medium or a whole small papaya before breakfast on an empty stomach.
    • Prunes. You knew I was going to mention these buggers…classic constipation remedy, but not tasty to all and maybe won’t work for you. But give it a try at least – prunes contain lots of fiber and generally send your bowels moving.
    • Rhubarb. Cook it or bake it into a pie. Alternately, cook then puree it and make a fruit cocktail out of it with any of the fruits listed here. Add raw, unfiltered honey if too sour.
    • Fig. Soak figs overnight in some water, and enjoy first thing in the morning on an empty stomach (including the water they’ve been soaking in)
    • Spinach. Raw spinach is awesome! It contains loads of organic material that helps cleanse and renew the intestinal tract. Either chew on the leaves, or even better mix 1 part spinach juice with 1 part water and take in morning and evening. Continue for a few days and watch the results! (or don’t, it’s probably not that pretty)

References
Natural Constipation Relief Strategies You Should Know About

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