If you’re suffering from constipation, you are likely looking for relief. Remedies for constipation vary with the type of constipation from which you’re suffering. Most people do not know that they should have one bowel movement for each meal they eat. At a minimum, people should have two bowel movements daily. If you’re going less than that and experiencing constipation, you should take inventory of your life to determine the cause and and consider one of the following options to help relieve your discomfort.
1. Change Your Diet
People who have chronic constipation often need an adjustment of their diet. Increasing the amount of fiber you consume can help relieve chronic problems with constipation. Eating raw fruits and vegetables, brown wild rice, flaxseeds, bran and whole grain cereals will provide a good source of fiber.
This can’t be stressed enough. Exercise is necessary to support total body and systemic function, not to mention overall fitness. If you don’t exercise now, and you’re physically able, you need to start. Starting an exercise program can help regulate your bowels. Exercise can be as simple as taking a brisk 20 minute walk every morning of evening. A little cardio exercise everyday is a great way to stay active and keep your bowels moving.
3. Stay Hydrated!
People who suffer from constipation are often dehydrated. Make sure to drink 6-8 glasses of purified water each day. I recommend adding raw organic apple cider vinegar to the water you drink. Organic apple cider vinegar has been used for centuries as a remedy for all sorts of health problems. My personal recommendation is to try Bragg Apple Cider Vinegar, and stay away from ACV tablets.
4. Check Your Medications
Many medications are the cause of constipation. Check with your healthcare provider to make sure that you’re not making your problem worse with prescriptions. Be aware that there are natural alternatives available if you know where to find them.
5. Be Cautious of Laxatives
Even though laxatives are often the first course of action, it’s best to try and avoid them (in favor of lifestyle adjustments) when possible. They are often very harsh on the large intestine and overuse can actually cause more problems with constipation. Laxatives can cause serious health problems such as diarrhea, bloating, dehydration and damage to the intestinal lining.
6. Cleanse Your Colon Regularly
It may be a good idea to begin a colon cleanse program that will help remove impacted feces from the large intestine. It’s best to participate in a program, such as using oxygen colon cleansers which are non-invasive and will not remove the good bacteria in the large intestine. There are several options available, I recommend Oxy-Powder which also delivers beneficial oxygen into your system.
Everyone’s body is a little different and you need to find the option that works best for you. If you’ve overcome constipation using one of these methods, or even one that isn’t listed, please leave a comment below and share your experience with us.
-Dr. Edward F. Group III, DC, ND, DACBN, DABFM