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Readers Respond: What Do You Do for Constipation?

Responses: 18


Updated August 22, 2012

From the article: Self-Care for Constipation
Although certain ads would like to convince you otherwise, it is often not so easy to know what to do about constipation. Finding remedies is further complicated by the fact that the topic is not something that most people feel comfortable discussing freely. Things are different here! Share your best tips, favorite remedies, and go-to foods, and find out what works for others.

Chia Seeds

I also find relief from Chia seeds, I was so desperate before this I was drinking Wholy Tea which only gave me the runs, but at the time I thought it better than going weeks without more than the odd rabbit pellet leaving the system. I eat a quarter cup 5 days a week, soaked in 3/4 cups of water over night. I like it plain but also will add cinnamon and blueberries or bananas and sometimes even honey. Works like a charm and I have regular BM everyday. Also it's super filling and makes a great snack at work!
—Guest Relieved

Types of laxative

If you've got stools which are too hard and dry to pass do NOT use a laxative like senna which just makes your muscles contract.. use an osmotic laxative. These laxatives are salt solutions which help put water into your stools making them significantly easier to pass.
—Guest Roxy

Flax, ginger

Ground flaxseed is my go-to for constipation. A couple tablespoons in the morning, and things start moving within a day or two. Also, unlike other seeds and grains, it doesn't give me heartburn, which can be a problem for me in the morning... Which leads me to GINGER. Ginger tea is a life saver for my IBS-related heartburn. I never had heartburn until a few summers ago. I did get medicine that worked eventually, but I didn't want to take pills forever, and I found a site suggesting ginger tea for heartburn. It takes some practice to get the right amount, but slice a few pieces of ginger off of a fresh root. Boil it in water for 15-20 minutes, and then drink it. Once you get the amount of ginger right, it tastes wonderful (too much, and it packs quite a punch), and it helps with heartburn almost right away.
—Guest Lalalala

Nature's Broom

This will work and naturally. Soak (overnight) 2 TBS or more of Chia Seed (yes, I know about the pet but before you scoff, look them up!). The next morning you will see that they have jelled. Place them in a blender with 2 TBS of flax seed (meal if that's all you have). Add water and blend. If you're a sissy, you can add 1/2 apple and 1 carrot. Blend with enough water to be able to drink. This will work like a broom in your colon. It's amazing and it really works! This is a natural way to control constipation.

Constipation relief that never fails

Since I was a little girl, now 62, an enema of warm water never failed me. I don't take fleets because they can damage the kidneys. Get out the old enema bag and it's over in minutes.
—Guest Diane

acacia powder and ground flax seed

I find mixing acacia powder (an insoluble fiber) into things like oatmeal, pasta sauce, soup helps increase my fiber intake, as does sprinkling ground flax seeds -- flax seed meal -- on foods is another way to increase fiber intake. Acacia powder has little or no flavor; while a bit pricey, the brand I've been buying has 65 servings per bag. Flax seed meal adds a bit of a nutty taste, but isn't over powering. Also, include whole fruit as well as fruit juices -- the juice adds the liquid, the whole fruit adds fiber.
—Guest phylor


...I try everything else... Literally I've been through this for years and I feel pretty stopped up. It's so uncomfortable and I wanna whine n cry it out. I could use help.
—Guest W. P.

Bowel Retraining for Constipation

Increase fiber intake to 25 grams a day and water intake to 64 oz a day. Schedule 30 minutes a day after a meal to have a bowel movement at the same time everyday. Use slow deep breathing exercises alternating with pelvic floor exercises and drink hot beverage to help stimulate peristalsis . Do not strain to push stool out just keep taking slow deep breaths and lean forward putting your elbows on your knees push your stomach out as you deep breathe as this puts just enough gentle pressure on your abdominal muscles to help gently push the stool out. Use no stimulant laxatives. I did this routine for one week and have been able establish a set time everyday to have a bowel movement that is soft and formed. No more constipation or bouts of explosive diarrhea or severe abdominal cramps or bloating. This does work if you have the patience and make the time everyday at the same time to sit on the toilet for 30 minutes and do the slow deep breathing exercises and pelvic floor exercises.

For Constipation

I use wheat bran in my cereal, it has 99% fiber. Give it a chance to get into your system, it really works. So far it's the best thing I have found to work, nothing ever worked for me before. But when I travel, the food is different so I get constipated then, not fun.
—Guest eve garson

Digestive Enzyme with probiotics

I have had lots of air in my stomach, always feel uncomfortable and sometimes my poops are really dry and its a pain for me and my butt. My friend introduced me to the digestive enzyme and now I got to go to bathroom to do my business at least twice a day and no more gas in my stomach, the enzyme I am using is powdered so I have to mix it with water and drink it. It works almost instantly, I was told it was because it used isotonic technology to speed up the effect. I am so glad I gave it a try.
—Guest Jay


Lots of veggies, fruits, grains and at least 8 glasses of water daily. Fresher is better. Less processed foods, less stress, and exercise all help.
—Guest gmom

Grapeseed oil

Lemon water and a tablespoon of grapeseed oil everyday works great.
—Guest Sandra

Licorice and Hot Tea

I learned years ago when I was pregnant that licorice was a natural laxative. Also, tea, or even drinking plain ol' hot water will help.
—Guest lila

Coffee, Water, and Exercise

If I get "stopped up" I increase my water intake and I add a large cup of coffee to my morning routine. If that doesn't work, I go on a long walk. Eventually things will get back on the move.
—Guest Connie G.

Ayurvedic Triphala

I like to take an ayurvedic remedy, Triphala. That seems to help. (Also, sounds odd, but a couple of cups of strong, regular coffee will also often help for me.)
—Guest Mary S

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