Natural Ways to Relieve Constipation

Constipation can happen for a number of reasons.. Constipation can be caused by anything from a change in diet to a new medication. Regardless of what is causing your constipation, you need to resolve it before it becomes a more serious blockage. Here are some natural ways to relieve constipation.

Increase fiber intake.

This is a good rule to follow even if your constipation isn’t frequent. Getting enough fiber in your diet can be difficult at times, especially when fresh fruits and vegetables are out of season. You can get fiber from whole grains like oats and granola, or you can get fiber from some protein sources like beans. Recommend 25-30 grams a day.  A good way to increase is to blend fruits & veggies in a smoothie. Juicing veggies extracts the fibrous pulp from the vegetables. 

Stay hydrated.

Your body cannot eliminate waste without sufficient fluids. Recommend drinking half your body weight in ounces. For example, if you weigh 150lbs, you will need to drink 75 ounces of water a day.

Try a squatting position.

If you have a small footstool or a squatty potty, you can raise your feet so that you are in a more natural position for the sphincter to push the bowel movement through. 

Exercise.

Instead of sitting on the toilet straining with no results, which can cause hemorrhoids, do some jumping jacks. If things feel like they are trying to move but just aren’t getting anywhere, exercise can stimulate the right muscles to stimulate evacuation of the bowels.

Don’t wait too long for help.

If these measures and over-the-counter solutions are unsuccessful, don’t wait too long before getting help. Your condition could easily turn into an impacted bowel that could even require surgery if severe enough. As a nurse in the hospital, I have personally taken care of patients who had to have a colostomy due to fecal impaction or toxic mega-colon. 

We can help you eliminate constipation concerns with colonics. Using colon hydrotherapy, we can gently clean the bowel, removing any blockages or old waste. 

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