Constipation relief happens when you experiment a bit. You have to find the right food sources or natural products that work well for your own body.
Its always extremely important to properly excrete what you consume.
When excess waste products are not eliminated from your body regularly, (constipation), it floods toxins back into your body. Those toxins have no where to go so they build up in the fat cells. Aside from that, anyone who can't go to the bathroom regularly knows that it can truly make your life miserable.
You just have a better day when you have a really good bowel movement. Its a subject that's not talked about enough but it's the truth!
When you have proper elimination, you feel lighter, less stuffy, and you just have a better day. Even mild constipation can affect daily living and cause all kinds of other problems such as acne, unexplained rashes, loss of appetite, elevated temper, flu like symptoms, mood swings, and loss of energy. Constipation can literally suck the life right out of you. That's why its so important to address the problem before it becomes chronic or acute.
Constipation Relief from the Refrigerator
Eat at least five servings of fruits and vegetables daily. Select them from a wide variety of fruits and vegetables, including but not limited to: sweet potatoes, apples, strawberries, dried apricots, peaches, pears, prunes, grapefruit, corn, carrots, collards, spinach, and broccoli. Because sugar depletes water supplies in your body, choose whole fruits and veggies and nix the juices unless you use a juicer and make them yourself.
Apples - Eat apples at least an hour before any meal to prevent constipation.
Prunes and Prune Juice - Even though prunes are higher in calories, they are packed with fiber and are a great way to stimulate the bowels. Both the juice and the fruit are constipation remedies you can indulge in from time to time.
Bananas - Try eating two ripe bananas between lunch and dinner. Ripe bananas are packed with digestive enzymes your intestines need to work properly. Avoid green bananas because they can be very constipating.
Raisins - Eat a handful of raisins each day, about an hour after each meal.
Rhubarb - Cook rhubarb and eat it sweetened with natural honey or bake it in the oven. Alternately, you can also make a (kind of) smoothie with cooked, pureed rhubarb, apple juice, and organic local honey.
Okra - The outside skins of the okra are rough to the touch and this sandpaper-like feel is exactly what helps it move things along. In fact, okra helps eliminate debris stuck in the colon because of the spines the skin's contain. Even fried okra can help move things along but it's certainly better to eat them fresh or stewed.
Kefir and raw milk - These are some of the best sources of natural enzymes and are a great source for constipation relief. Many states in the US have approved the sale of kefir now but it's been available overseas for many years. The sale of raw milk on the other hand, is being demonized and banned more and more in the US. You see, our government wants us to be sick so pharmaceuticals make more money. Fight the system with everything you've got. Pick up the phone and complain to your congressmen!
If you have problems with milk products, you can also make your own 'soda' and use water to make kefir at home. I love this lady! and can't wait to try this on my own.
How to Make Water Kefir Part I
How to Make Water Kefir Part II
Constipation Relief From the Kitchen Cabinet
Sesame seeds - These seeds provide roughage and bulk, and they soften the contents of the intestines, which makes elimination easier. Eat no more than 1/2 ounce daily, and drink lots of water as you take the seeds. You may also sprinkle them on salads and other foods. Eat no more than 1/2 ounce. Sesame is also available in a butter or paste and in Middle Eastern dips, such as Tahini.
Garlic - In the raw, it has a laxative effect for some people. Eat garlic mixed with onion, raw or cooked, and with milk or yogurt for best results. (Obviously you wouldn't combine all of these things together.) A good example of how to combine them would be to make a fresh salad with garlic and onion in it, and then have a glass of milk or a tub or yogurt to go with it. Another good thing to include in your diet is simply raw onions. I really like to put them on my sandwich at lunch time. They really help get things going!
Honey - REAL honey (bought from a local supplier) has been used as a very mild laxative. Try taking 1 tablespoon three times a day, either by itself or mixed into warm water. If it doesn't work on its own, you may have to pep it up by mixing it half and half with blackstrap molasses. Keep in mind, however, that honey (like molasses) is high in calories, so use it as an occasional laxative, not a daily preventative.
Oil - Olive, coconut, safflower, soybean, or other natural oils have a lubricating action in the intestines. Take 2 to 3 tablespoons a day, when you need it. It’s not good to take them everyday though because too much oil can raise cholesterol levels. When you increase your intake of oils, balance the calories you consume. Otherwise, you risk packing on more weight. If you don't like taking oil straight from the spoon, mix the oil with herbs or lemon juice.
Vinegar - Mix 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar and 1 teaspoon honey in a glass of water, and drink.
While your diet is most likely the primary change you need to make for constipation, there are some other lifestyle changes that can also help. It just might be that you are constipated because you have a build up of parasites in your intestinal tract or that you are extremely toxic.
Occasional Constipation Relief
Take stool softeners in the morning and before bed. Alternately, you can also take around 1 T. of a Natural Fiber Powder like Metamucil,(or generic brand), mixed in an 8-10 oz. water. Use any fiber supplement that lists 100% natural psyllium husk fiber. If you like to save money, buy the generic brands!
When you use fiber supplements, it's extremely important to get the right amount of fiber to water. Follow manufacturer directions for the best results. Using too much water can make the mixture less effective. Not using enough fiber has the same outcome.
Drink plenty of pure water during the day and before drinking the mixture.
Allow the mixture sit just a few minutes before drinking it so it has time to get 'a little bit' thick.
This 'thickness' in the mixture is what helps to sweep the bowels down the intestinal tract. Your body does not digest fiber. Many people who have tried fiber supplements complain that they cause extra gas and bloating. When you take fiber before bedtime, it eliminates the uncomfortable feeling you can get from them because you'll be asleep and won't notice if you do.
Don’t drink too much after taking any fiber supplement though. It will only dilute it and render it less effective. Do drink about 1/2 glass of water afterward though. Take the mixture just before bedtime.
For constipation relief, try to find fiber supplements that list 'natural', 'high fiber' or 'bulk forming' on the label.
Use common sense. Different body types, weights, and bowel problems require different amounts of each supplement.
Use these suggestions as general guidelines for yourself and adjust them to your needs.
Give them some time to work. Your own constipation problems didn't happen overnight. It may take your body time to adjust. Don’t think that constipation relief will just happen overnight.
If you've ever tried stool softeners before and they didn't help, did you really give them a chance to work? Many people don't notice an immediate difference, so they give up. If this sounds like you, won't you give them another chance? They really can help! These supplements are clearly much easier on your system and will help you get constipation relief the natural way!
PRECAUTION: Please always check with your doctor before taking stool softeners and natural fiber powders. There are precautions on the bottles for both of these products and you should read those and understand them fully before usage.
Chronic Constipation Relief
If you are constipated more than twice a week, you are considered to have chronic constipation. It's not good to take laxatives often or fiber supplements all the time. The best choice for constipation sufferers is to take active enzymes, which restores the natural flora in your intestinal tract.
The live enzymes that are naturally found in many raw foods, help move your bowels and boosts the amount of natural flora in your lower intestines. Make sure the products you buy contain at least 2 billion - 10 billion active enzymes per serving. Without them, waste products do not get eliminated regularly, which can cause bowel impaction. Once bowels are impacted, defecating becomes much more difficult. If you think you have impacted bowels, take a 'safer' laxative like Milk of Magnesia immediately, then start on the probiotics again, after you get constipation relief.
Whatever you do, make sure you get the constipation relief you need. Constipation is a serious medical condition and should be treated as such.
Always consult your physician before using natural remedies, especially for anyone with preexisting conditions or anyone currently taking prescription medications. Although many efforts are made to ensure that the advice given on this site is professionally sound, the advice is not intended to replace a mutual relationship with a medical provider.