5 Steps to Cure Constipation Naturally

5 steps to cure constipation naturally

Cure Constipation Naturally… without unnatural fiber

When things are backed up, we usually reach for the fiber bars, Metamucil or psyllium husk powder. As we have been told by the media and mainstream health practitioners, fiber is the cure-all that will make you sexy, smart and – most importantly – regular.

Here’s the deal. Constipation isn’t a disease. It isn’t a problem in and of itself. It is a symptom! It means that our diet is incorrect and it means that we have slow metabolism and poor digestion (partly because of low stomach acid!).

I really don’t recommend diet packed with unnatural amounts of fiber from supplements and “healthy” whole grains. Fiber is not the ideal band-aid for constipation and can actually make constipation worse in many cases!

So lasting and natural constipation relief means a good diet and digestion. Here are some important tips that will give you immediate and effective constipation relief without damaging amounts of fiber.

Rock the Squat

First, do the squat! Elevating your feet while on the bathroom throne brings your body into the elimination position nature intended. A squatting position fully relaxes the puborectalis muscle, while the conventional seated posture actually puts a kink in the anorectal angle.

I’m using words like “puborectalis” and “anorectal” because I really don’t want to scare you off with personal details about how squatting rocks. So I’ll just say that proper pooping alignment means no straining.

I use a Squatty Potty and I thoroughly recommend it. You can also use a step stool to elevate your feet, but the Squatty Potty is much less of an eyesore.

Get Things Greased Up

Want to cure constipation? First, start by ignoring this ridiculous claim made in an article on Livestrong.com:

“Saturated fats are difficult for your body to digest and can contribute to hard, difficult-to-pass stools. Your child should eliminate consumption of saturated fats to help alleviate abdominal pain associated with constipation.

Thankfully, many of us understand that old-fashioned saturated fats play a vital role in health, and should compromise generous part of the diet. Coconut oil can drastically speed up the metabolism, and a faster metabolism means better transit time.

Your body needs saturated fats to prevent constipation. Nourishing fats work to make the entire digestive process effective and efficient. The first step to many healing processes, I believe, is reducing grain consumption and increasing traditional fats.

Try to include at least three tablespoons of healing fats a day, along with pastured egg yolks. I eat 4-5 tablespoons of healing fats along with 2-4 duck eggs every day, as well as full fat, homemade goat milk yogurt and fatty cuts of grassfed beef.

The Magnesium Cure-All

 I love magnesium. It makes me sleep better, it gives me energy, and it gives me good poops! Ann Marie wrote a great article on why you need magnesium and how to get it in foods.

I use two different magnesium supplements:

  •  Natural Vitality Natural Magnesium Calm contains a highly absorbable powder form of magnesium which dissolves in warm water. I love the mildly tangy, warm drink before bed. I buy the Vitacost Store brand–same product, but nearly half the price. It may take a period of adjustment to find the proper serving size for you. I take 2 level teaspoons a day.

Balance the Beneficial Bacteria

Healthy gut flora lays the foundation for all areas of health. When these good probiotics get ravaged by processed foods, sugar, and toxins, the whole digestive process deteriorates.

Often, incorporating a fermented food with each meal significantly improves irregularity. Include a tablespoon of lacto-fermented veggies with lunch and dinner. Enjoy a cup of yogurt (homemade or the plain, whole milk type) with breakfast and snacks. As a bonus, these naturally fermented foods will boost your immune system!

Balancing gut flora also means addressing an overgrowth of opportunistic flora by limiting or restricting sugar, grains, and processed foods. In serious cases–like me–it means following the GAPS Diet regimine for a couple years of intensive good bacteria breeding.

Water Enemas

Yes, I know. That hole is supposed to be as an exit, not an entrance. And the ick factor of this healing routine sometimes takes a bit of effort to overcome. But if you want a natural constipation cure that works immediately, this is it.

Frequent enemas can deplete potassium and throw electrolytes out of balance. But sometimes it is necessary to prioritize areas of health, and it may be practical to opt for the occasional enema when things are getting really backed up and toxic in the colon.

Before reading about water enemas in the GAPS book, I tried this herbal healing implant enema to stop the intestinal bleeding during an ulcerative colitis flare. I remember laying on my towel-covered bed, tears of distress running down my cheeks, as my mom tried in vain to help me through the process.

It was a mortifying experience.

A year later, when I read the GAPS book, I nearly flushed the book down the toilet when I saw that Natasha Campbell-McBride recommends water enemas for constipation. I had already–unfortunately–decided to go full out with my healing journey and so I would have to try this enema thing again.

After spending an entire day summoning the courage, I set aside a whole hour that evening (an evening when I had the house entirely to myself) to just do it. Guess what? I lived through it. In fact, the results were so… *desperately searching for discreet adjective*… profound that I now do a water enema once a month. And yes, the process is not pleasant. But it’s not painful, either.

There are a couple tactful and helpful sources on the web to teach you how to do an enema. I like this one.

Follow the instructions in the GAPS book for a plain water enema. You can also use a detoxing coffee enema. Don’t add anything else to the enema, such as sea salt or epsom salt. Don’t even use a coffee enema if you have Crohn’s, colitis, or any kind of bowel/intestinal inflammation or leisons.

An enema provides quick and effective relief from constipation, but it should only be used occasionally as a “rescue” measure. Frequent enemas disrupt the pH of the colon and deplete electrolytes. So focus on the other suggestions here to support regularity.

Le Fin

That is one long post… my fingers now have the laptop equivalent of writer’s cramp. I hope I didn’t scare you all off with this potty talk! If you are still here, have you done an enema before? Or is just too far-out for you

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Comments

  1. HopeSimmons says

    Thank you!!! I’m so excited, I knew all of this…but it helps to clarify it plus sometimes whenever you are reading whole entire books on the gaps diet, the instructions about particular things get lost so it helps to have it all In one place. I’m ready to get this thing under control so I can have a normal life.
    I love enemas and the idea about only feeling the need to do them once a month is beyond exciting!!!! I constantly feel the need to have an enema, even right after I do them, you are right, I sometimes cry they are so unpleasant, but I have been blessed with not any more pain other than cramps. I’m Thankful that you were willing to put this out there. Thank you for the work You. Do!!! It’s an exciting journey:)

  2. Eileen says

    When I started the Gaps Diet, I read the enema section and though, “I’ll just skip this part.” Then friends of mine started suggesting colonics, and enemas seemed mild by comparison. So, I decided to give one a try. I did a coffee enema, and it took time to prepare and was kind of a hassle to get everything set up, but then I was stunned to find that it was actually a relaxing experience, and put my body into an alpha state for the rest of the day. I also went through some mild detox symptoms that evening and an emotional release the next day. I never realized it could be so powerful. I also plan to continue them once a month, to support my healing.

    • says

      Thank you for sharing your experience! And I am so glad that you find it relaxing! I’m not really at the “it’s relaxing” point, but I hope to get there eventually.

  3. says

    What about Vitamin C? I read once on the topic of Vit C megadoses that toleration level is measured by when you get diarrhea, so followed that on logically. Even 1000mg helps me! Or is this a bad idea? (It helps absorb iron, which can be constipating too, so seemed a natural conclusion.)

    • says

      Thank you for mentioning this! Yes, large doses of vitamin C can induce loose bowel movements. I prefer magnesium though, because vitamin C can be hard on the stomach. I recommend calcium ascorbate or magnesium ascorbate (also called “buffered vitamin C”) instead of ascorbic acid. These are gentler forms of the vitamin. Plus, vitamin C is just such a great vitamin to take in general!

  4. says

    This is something that, unfortunately, I’ve been dealing with more than I’d like lately. Being pregnant definitely is not kind to the digestive system if you don’t stay on top of things. I’ll be giving all of these a try as needed.

  5. Hannah says

    Do u wash off the magnesium oil? I want to put it on but can’t spend all day washing it off like the bottle says:/ I have the ancient minerals spray
    Thanks!

    • says

      I never wash it off–I’ve never even heard of that. But I don’t use Ancient Minerals so I don’t know what they suggest. Maybe they say that because it can feel a bit greasy? I apply it after I shower at night, so it doesn’t really matter if my skin is a bit greasy. Just DON’T put it on your legs after you shave, because it stings like the dickens!

      If you are concerned about your skin being greasy or having a film from the salts during the day, use it on your stomach or somewhere that is covered with clothes. Or just apply a generous amount before bed.

      • says

        Hanna, Lauren,

        Mg oil should NOT be washed off… it will be absorbed completely by the body. Most Americans are deficient, and one cannot “overdose” on Mg. What most people are not aware of is, WHERE you put it on your body can be important ! For women, under most circumstances, the abdominal area and upper back and shoulders are best, but, as an example, if you have cramping in the calf, apply it there…

        http://www.misterpaleo.blogspot.com

  6. Stacy says

    After trying so many remedies, including enemas, I found the best results for me came with adding vinegar (along with some stevia) to my herbal teas. I usually drink 3-4 cups of tea during the day while I am at work. I take an empty bottle and dropper from stevia and fill it with organic cider vinegar. I put 4 dropper fulls in each cup and about 9 drops of stevia to make it palatable. I have much more regularity! At home I will add lemon juice and stevia to room temp water and drink that as well.

    • says

      That is very interesting–thank you for sharing! That makes sense since apple cider vinegar makes the body more alkaline, and an overly acidic body (which can happen if we eat to much processed foods, among other things) can sometimes lead to constipation.

  7. says

    Very, very informational post, and your top pic is adorable even if it’s an out house! And thank you so much for linking up with Healthy 2day Wednesdays! Hope you have a blessed week and hope you’ll be linking up this week! I also wanted to let you know we are looking for another person to co-host H2W’s with us if you are interested! (just email me!)

  8. says

    Hi Lauren,

    I am so glad I came across your post. We are doing the GAPS diet for our late talking 2 1/2 year old. And actually since starting the diet, we’ve seen great improvement and he’s chatting more and more! We are thrilled! We just haven’t been able to figure out our son’s constipation issue. He’s been constipated from his first bite of solid food as a baby…typical GAPS! And when he weaned at 29 months, his constipation went from bad to worse. We are stage I GAPS intro with lots of broth, stewed meats, pureed veggies, and sauerkraut juice. We just added in carrot juice and cod liver oil first thing in the morning. No movement!!!! Ugh!!!! And we’ve been doing glycerin suppositories twice per week. He guards his tushy every time we change a diaper. It is not fun. Any additional suggestions? I think an enema would be great for him, but I just can’t bring myself to force my child to lay down while I do that. Thanks so much!

    • says

      Hi Stacey! I am so happy to hear that GAPS is helping your son! But it does sound like a tough situation with his constipation. I don’t have experience with young children and constipation, so I don’t know if these thoughts will be helpful. Maybe you could try putting magnesium oil in his baths, since I don’t know if children should drink the magnesium citrate. And maybe try mixing in some ghee into his broth for extra fats when you get to that stage. It sounds like the enema would be difficult to do for him, but I think it would really help. I’m trying to think of ways that would make it a more positive experience for him… maybe let him watch something on a laptop while it is happening? Or does he have a book on tape or songs he likes to listen to? Maybe dab some relaxing essentials oils on a towel where he can smell it to help him relax? I am sorry that I don’t have more suggestions. Good luck!

      • Stacey says

        Thanks Lauren! I actually think we will be checking out the magnesium supplement and see if that helps. We just need to get him moving regularly. We already do epsom salt baths every evening. It is really fascinating to see how he reacts…much more relaxed and happy after bath time. :)

      • Tabitha says

        My daughter had constipation issues and we were giving her enemas which worked great. But I didn’t like having to do that on a regular basis for a two year old. I then started putting a tablespoon of mineral oil in her milk our juice every other day as well as increasing green veggies in her diet like kale and collard greens she is now regular..

        • says

          Mineral oil is a petroleum-derivative. It is not safe or healthy to eat or use for skin care. I would suggest replacing it with cod liver oil or coconut oil. But I’m glad that you have found a solution to her constipation.

  9. Michael says

    Hi Stacy,
    I found that eating some juicy fruits like oranges or melone help me to solve my constipation issues. Good health to you and your boy.

  10. Elizabeth says

    Love that the first thing is a stool! If I don’t use a stool, it takes much longer to poop and can be more painful. I’ve been using one for several years now. I even have a fold-up stool that I take on trips! A friend calls it my “stool stool”. ( – :
    Also, another thing that helps is to raise your arms up over your head and reach towards the ceiling. It helps straighten out the bowels so stuff comes out easier!

  11. Janelle says

    Hi there,

    These are all great tips but what about fibre? As well why not coffee? I have heard from great sources that coffee enemas are really good.

    • says

      Yes, I have heard that coffee enemas are great, especially for detox. But I don’t recommend them if there is any kind of bowel or intestinal inflammation. As for fiber, I’m not a fan. From an evolutionary standpoint and if one examines our digestive tract, it is only designed to handle small amounts of fiber. I know it must seem absolutely crazy to go against all the media and say that I don’t support a high fiber diet, but that is the conclusion I’ve reached after much research.

  12. says

    I have done an enema before (coffee and water) and never had an issue but I didn’t have any intestinal or bowel problems either. It felt great afterwards and it’s amazing what’s stuck up there!

  13. Katie says

    Interesting! I will definitely up the coconut oil intake. I did want to share from my experience though. In my first pregnancy I experienced awful constipation and the health food store owner recommended soaked oats with flax and berries. I would eat it most everyday and sure enough, it got and kept me regular in no time. A was 7 years ago.. Now after finally being sick of my post holiday misery I just made myself a bowl but now I do it with chia instead of flax. I can pretty much guarantee that within a day or two it will be much better. Maybe tomorrow I will add an egg yolk or coconut oil to the mix. I do believe that god Solubale fiber does help.

  14. Jordain says

    Thank you for making this. I’ve been dealing with stomach problems since I was very little and I’ve always thought fiber was the way to go. I just took a large amount of fiber today before I read this and I was stuck in bed all day with stomach pains. I now know to take coconut oil, magnesium, and other vitamins instead of large doses of fiber. From now on I will research cures before I make up my own. :)

  15. laura says

    My husband has ulcerative colitis; we recently found GAPS diet, and then you through pinterest :)

    So, since beginning GAPS about a month ago, all of his pain, bloating, diarrhea, and much of his excess frequency has disappeared. While he’s happy about these changes, especially the constant pain, he’s concerned about the lack of change with bleeding. Also since GAPS recommends not moving into full until all gastro symptoms have subsided, we’ve been unsure of what to do (We can’t be on GAPS into forever, but bleeding definitely isn’t normal).

    What were your experiences in this area? And, even though you found the herbal marshmallow etc enema to be somewhat traumatic, was it physically beneficial? And if he’s bleeding still, do you think a water enema is safe?

  16. philmarz says

    Maam, thanx for the information, for me, i drink 2 to 3 cups of not so cold water every morning before taking any solid food, i could heard the crumbling of my stomach – protesting – that’s the time i go to the CR, no HVM. i’m 63 years old male too.
    More power to you too.

  17. Emerald says

    I like your posts. I was looking through the web to decide if i should freeze probiotic drinks or not and I came to your site by accident. It’s a pleasant accident.

    Speaking of probiotics, I drink this sweet coconut sap every day. It’s one of coconut products. It’s usually made into a coconut sugar and exported to your part of the world (me, i’m from Asia). I’m not familiar with your diet but I would also like to share my new love, bee pollen and Moringa capsules (our culture eat moringa as a vegetable, but when in a capsule, minerals and vitamins are not damaged).

    God bless you and your website:-)

  18. Peggy says

    I have been bloated and uncomfortable for a couple of months now. I am sluggish and just plain tired. An ultrasound revealed I am “very constipated” this came as a surprise to me as I normally have regular BMs. I have found a liquid magnesium product a friend of mine reccomended and will start drinking water regularly. I am cutting out processed food, especially wheat as I find this has an immediate unpleasant pain in my upper left side. I used to make yogurt and plan to start making it again. I know my many meds are contributing to a lot of my grief, hopefully your hints will help! I will put off the enema and use it as a last resort….just can’t go there right now!

  19. says

    I was buying that same brand of Vitacost magnesium but found out it had GMOs. I did some MAJOR research and switched to Magnesium Serene. The berry flavor only is non-GMO.

  20. Ewa says

    I would like to know if you need to get calcium supplement when you supplementing yourself with magnesium . I am on dairy-free diet and don’t get enough calcium into my diet. I have been taking for the last two days Calm Natural magnesium supplement (1.5tsp/day). I read that ratio calcium to magnesium should be 2:1. If yes, which Calcium supplement do you recommend?

    • says

      Mary, Ewa,

      Magnesium “works” in conjunction with calcium, sodium, and potassium. If you are not getting sufficient levels of these other minerals, then there can be repercussions. It is always preferred to obtain your nutrients thru diet, but if this is not possible, supplementation is usually recommended, but without a complete history, including any medications, I cannot advise you. And yes, excessive calcium can cause constipation…

  21. Jean says

    I had to laugh about this post. When I was a child, every mother’s first reaction to any illness was an enema. The tool used looked like a short version of a turkey baster, which is what prompted my cousin to ask his mother, “Why you give that turkey an any-mo?” one Thanksgiving. Also toilet training was done at latest when a child could walk because dippers were washed by hand, not thrown away. I wonder if some of the present day elimination problems are rooted in the early formed habit of ignoring the internal signals that the bowls are in need of emptying, i.e., too long in dippers.

  22. Angelica says

    I have been constipated and had frequent gas for over a year now. My stomach will make horrible noises and its quite embarassing. Any suggestions?? I also have a lot of pain in my lower left side of my abdomen

    • says

      Sounds like it could be IBS but im not an expert. I would check with your doctor. I solved alot of my gas problems going on the FODMAP diet. But again this another subject that should be discussed with your doctor.

  23. Kristina says

    Thank You for posting this, my daughter suffers from constipation issues too. She is currently on miralax (8 months and counting) and we are trying to weene her off but we are having issues. I did like your post said, fiber this and fiber that…all the wrong fiber!!!! We do eat of fruits and veg but we could always bump that up. When her diet changed, well so did ours and we have been experiencing quite a bit of what you mentioned. I’ve actually been struggling with weight gain since, my husband has been having terrible bowel issues and my poor Morgan still complains of issues plus sometime when she eats something it makes her feel bad. I was thinking she might have a gluten issue (trying to find what’ll work for her) so we made gluten free brownies…well :( those made her feel terrible! You have a ton of good info and I am going to put that info into action here at my place. Just like you, she can’t wait to be done with this and have a normal life!!! Thank You so much for sharing your story! :) I’m going to show this to Morgan who is 12 in the morning.

  24. Shelly says

    Thanks for the article I was just about to buy the other brand of magnesium calm for around 24.00 and saw your article and Vitacost has the one you recommend on a special – buy one get one for 1/2 price!

  25. HM says

    SO, my son has been constipated since he started solid foods. Yes, it all started with the rice cereal…..He’s now five and has been on Miralax off and on since 9 months old. He’s been on a regular dose now for the past 9 months. In the past I always tried to take him off it but he’d plug right back up, or rather, he’d plug himself up by holding it in. The Dr. says as I should take the miralax away super SLOWLY and I need to start adding in fiber as he’s easing off the miralax. So, what am I supposed to do if the fiber is bad? I certainly can’t get him to eat the amount of fiber the Dr. wants him having in vegetables. And I can’t take away the miralax without something to ease him into real pooping because he holds and hasn’t ever learned how not to (because that’s all he’s ever done his whole life since he was constipated as a baby). The Dr. says to NEVER do an enema because it is traumatic sometimes and can stretch the bowel and he already had stretched it himself pretty badly which is what we’re trying to repair. Anyway, this post seems fine for an adult, but we’re probably going to have to do what the Dr. says – fiber and all – until my boy is much older and can really understand how his body is working and work with it. And the squat stool would be nice if he’d use it, I’ve tried and he won’t.

      • cheri says

        I know this was a year ago, but I have to second the fresh fruit idea for kids, and especially papaya. my 3yo has tended towards constipation since birth (as an exclusively breast fed baby, she pooped once/week, though with no straining or backup) and since starting foods I’ve had to make sure she eats enough fruit, without too many grains, which clearly slow things down. she was on miralax for awhile to overcome a particularly stuck time, and I weaned her off with blended papaya in her juice. papaya is the most laxative fruit, and is quite mild and mushy when ripe, so can hide in any juice.

  26. RMK says

    Thank you for sharing this info and your personal journey. I have been having constipation issues for 4 years and have tried so many “recommended” remedies to no avail. Miralax, fiber, water, yoga, eliminating dairy, gluten, etc and no improvement. I have also been searching the internet for solutions and only discovered this article after searching “increase fats to relieve constipation”. I came to this theory after having great movements during a binge on chocolate, almond milk, and other snacks with nut and coconut fats. More people need to know grains and fiber is not the answer

  27. Christi says

    Hi Lauren, I don’t have colitis, but I recently read somewhere that colostrum enemas can help with colitis. I don’t know if you’ve tried that before or even heard about it, but I just thought I would share that with you. Love your blog!

  28. Nola says

    Hello, Lauren.
    Thanks so much for confirming the fiber and constipation connection. I started taking a heaping teaspoon of a psyllium-oat combination and noticed I kept getting constipated. I thought I needed more and started taking more! I added Turkey Rhubarb but there are side effects so it is only a short-term solution (very short-term). I will now reduce the fiber dosage and take what’s been sitting on my countertop: the Magnesium Calm! I also found out gently massaging an acupressure point just below my tummy relaxes me and helps facilitate a bowel movement after taking the Calm. I am so happy to have encountered your blog.

  29. Tony says

    Interesting. I will defeinitely try some oil to speed up metabolism. Currently with me, chocolate and sugar do not help, actually they make me more constipated. Which is quite sad because i am a super sugar addict. But i will find a way to handle this somehow. I hope with the oil and with magnesium, vitamin c and probably fiber i can continue living the sweet life full of cakes, yummy. If not, i dont know what to do, i dont want to wait a few years before the good bacteria grow up, its too much time. Anyway, what is your opinion on red palm oil? Can i take it instead of coconut oil? And is it true that fiber like wheat and oat bran feeds the good bacteria? Whereas commercially produced fiber like Inulin feeds the bad bacteria?

    • says

      Tony,

      You are definitely describing a carbohydrate “addict”. Gluten in ANY form is not good for humans. I cannot give “medical” advice on a blog, but you are welcome to contact me. Palm oil is good, but many people object to the taste of the real thing. Coconut oil is best, but must be cold-pressed and minimally processed. Inulin is a “fructo-polysaccharide” which means it is a combination of glucose and fructose, and it feeds both the good guys AND some bad guys, and can, in some people, cause several unpleasant side-effects… this may be due to the fact it readily ferments in the gut.

  30. Traci says

    I DON’T THINK THAT I’VE EVER COMMENTED ON THIS BLOG POST BUT WANTED TO LET YOU KNOW AND ANYONE ELSE THAT IS READING THESE COMMENTS THAT YOUR STEPS WORK! THIS IS THE COMMENT THAT I JUST LEFT ON A BLOG POST BY DR. MERCOLA: I have had constipation problems pretty much off and on my whole life (sorry, TMI but I”m trying to help someone!) until I saw this blog post: empoweredsustenance.com/5-steps-to-cure-constipation-naturally I was already doing #1 and #2 and eating hardly any sugar, etc., for several years (basically following WAPF and Mercola guidelines). However, still experiencing problems until I added magnesium which is #3 from her post and what Dr. Mercola mentions above ( http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2014/01/22/saline-laxatives.aspx#) . I used the Vitacost Magnesium Calm and made the spray that she mentions and still use both to this day. I’ve also added eating more fermented foods (#4 in her post and of course Dr. Mercola talks about it all the time) in my diet via a daily dose of sauerkraut and yogurt. I’ve never had to do her #5, thank goodness! I just can’t go there but so far after about 6 months, things are pretty much normal anyway and I don’t see the need. Hopefully this will help someone else because this problem people kind of laugh about but when you are experiencing it, it absolutely is no laughing matter!

  31. Kay says

    I have started using coconut oil in hopes of relieving bloating and sugar cravings. I am no where near having loose stools; are some people just more tolerant or am I just in need of more oils? I use EVOO and butter; not avoiding good fats but I have been nursing for a long time. I feel depleted and dehydrated most of the time and I know I retain too much waste from an abdominal scan I had for a different reason (and I’m clearly bloated). I’ve never had a problem with dairy or wheat that was obvious. I was really hoping CO would help with constipation? Thoughts?

  32. says

    So, I have been an advocate of natural pooping aide for awhile. Well, at least if anybody asks. I rarely have problems when it comes to the bathroom – and my diet is quite horrible sometimes. However, I look forward to my morning BM and I know 1-2 more will happen throughout the day. That’s one thing in my life that is consistent and when it is not I a quick water enema to the rescue which is rare. The last time I took a laxative was in college horrible – horrible. I thought well at least this was like a once in a blue moon thing. However, next time I felt I needed one I used a store brought enema after using it – I was like wow! I looked up the ingredients on it after I was like why cant I use water and then I started to use just plain old filtered water with if needed. I looked it up online and was surprised to see so many other sites talking about it I have yet to use the coffe enema.

    I am a new reader of your site and see magnesium is highly touted throughout- I will invest in it for the numerous wonderful benefits.

  33. says

    Hey Lauren,

    Nice list of natural remedies for constipation. Thanks for sharing. Also visit my site I list out 8 common constipation causing foods.

  34. Lynn says

    At the beginning of the post you stated “Here’s the deal. Constipation isn’t a disease. It isn’t a problem in and of itself. It is a symptom! It means that our diet is incorrect and it means that we have slow metabolism and poor digestion (partly because of low stomach acid!).”

    That is just not true. Diet does not fix constipation for everyone!! I suffered my entire life growing up because of Dr.’s who were so quick to jump on what I was eating. I almost died twice from being so compacted and constipated. There are OTHER things that can cause constipation. I was diagnosed as having mega colon, small segmented hirschsprungs disease as well as having a reflex in my rectum that does not work. All of these physical problems in my intestines and rectum were what was causing my constipation. Trust me, if it were as simple as to completely change my diet (which I have!), hydrate, or exercise I would’ve been “cured” a long time ago. As it stands, the only thing that is effective in causing me to have a bowel movement is to use miralax. I have tried millions of other things, different diets, natural alternatives, squatting, juicing, laxatives, fibers, enemas – everything and nothing has made one bit of difference except for the miralax. I wish that changing my diet had made a change for me, but it didn’t.

    My main point is just to say you cannot just assume that diet will fix every person’s constipation. There may be others out there like me who have just been suffering a miserable, sick, uncomfortable life with chronic constipation because there are underlying issues that need to be discovered and diagnosed.

    • says

      I completely agree that there can be underlying issues that need to be discovered! I believe that addressing the roots of one’s imbalances and nutrient deficiencies will usually reverse constipation. Diet is always part of the answer, but it may not be the complete answer. Supplementation and lifestyle changes are often required. If laxatives or fiber supplements have been used for too long, the body can become dependent on these products and this complicates the issue.

  35. says

    Thanks for your share. I’m suffering constipation for years. Believe me it’s like hell every day. And I actually tried your way. It’s working. I feel better those days. Thanks a lot. And I tried many things like fiber, water, oil, even laxatives, all failed. Some said that coffee help a lot, but for me, coffee just get worse.

  36. Trish says

    Hi there!

    Ever since I was a child, I have suffered from severe constipation. Nothing ever worked for me and as I got older, I became very opposed to modern medications and remedies and stay away from anything that isn’t natural. I was once told that senna tea was a great natural remedy for helping with this issue and my physician also told me that I could take it as much as I would like and it would cause no harm. Because it worked so well at the time, I really just didn’t think to do much research on it (which is not like me at all!) because it felt so nice to finally “go” after an entire lifetime of discomfort. But after taking it everyday for a year, I did research and found some harmful possible long term side effects. So I immediately stopped and again am on a mission to find something else. For years alls I ate was lean meats, LOTS of veggies and fruits and for the longest time, felt as though I was doing everything right despite my intestinal problems. However, over the past year, I was diagnosed with a thyroid disease along with epilepsy and have switched to a “keto” lifestyle. For the time being, I have taken out all carbs, including those from veggies, and was going to re-introduce items after hopefully seeing positive side effects to my epilepsy, to see what my problem areas really were. Especially now that I have started having my suspicions about fiber, even through veggies. I’m on the search to find the healthiest me that I can possibly be through food, but the constipation is one thing that I need relief from. After this long life-essay (sorry!), I was wondering your opinions on triphala and acacia powder. I’ve heard nothing but amazing things about acacia powder but I was wondering if it were the same fiber we should be avoiding. It says that it is the pure organic gum that comes from the acacia senegal tree. And then the triphala from 3 different fruits. Any thoughts?? Thanks! :-)

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