Table of Contents
- QUESTIONS & ANSWERS
- POPULAR REMEDIES
- ACV, Baking Soda, Garlic
- Apple Cider Vinegar
- Apple Juice
- Apples and Pears
- Baby Spinach
- Baking Soda
- Baking Soda, Borax
- Bentonite Clay
- Body Magic Undergarments
- Brewers Yeast, Magnesium, Erythritol
- Cabbage, Turmeric, Banana, Lemon Water
- Cascara Sagrada
- Castor Oil
- Castoria, Syrup of Figs
- Chia Seeds
- Chromium Picolinate, ALA, Lecithin
- Club Soda
- Coconut Milk and Green Leafy Vegetables
- Coconut Oil
- Cucumber, Coffee
- Diatomaceous Earth
- Dietary Changes
- Dry Mustard in Water
- Epsom Salts
- Errand Oil
- Fermented Food
- Fish Oil
- Flax Seeds, Apple Cider Vinegar, Dates
- Glucomannan Root
- Honey and Lemon
- Honey With Olive Oil, Oranges
- Laxative Abuse
- Lemon Juice and Olive Oil
- Milk of Magnesia
- Mineral Oil
- Multiple Remedies
- Oat Bran
- Olive Oil and Orange Juice
- Over the Counter
- Prune Juice
- Raisins, Figs, Prunes
- Raw Fruit and Vegetables
- Raw Rice
- Red Wine, Food With Hot Chillies
- Remedies Needed
- Sea Salt Cleanse
- Sea Salt, Apple Cider Vinegar
- Seltzer Water
- Squatting Method
- Triphala Churna
- Vitamin D
- Yarrow Tea, Elevate Legs
- Yellow Dock
[YEA] 07/21/2009: Nat from Brooklyn, NY: "Constipation Relief
5 Glasses of plain water in the morning for constipation relief
Previously, I had mentioned 600 mg of Magnesium Citrate together with 1 - 2 tablespoons Erythritol (___ ___or other) or Xylitol in one or two glasses of water for constipation relief. (Both Erythritol and Xylitol are natural based sweeteners which can be found in a health food store. Erythritol may be the better choice for some. The Erythritol in water also helps relieve bladder retention.)
Recently I read about high dosage vitamin C in Ascorbate form for many illnesses and infections (better than Ester C). Since Sodium Ascorbate is the form of Vitamin C used in intravenous drips, I thought it might be a preferred form and wanted to try it. (It can be easily made by mixing two parts plain Vitamin C - Ascorbic Acid powder and one part baking soda. The store, however, only had Calcium Ascorbate powder.
Meanwhile a family member read in a Hebrew newspaper about 5 (not less) glasses of plain water on an empty stomach in the morning for relief of constipation.
Anyway, the day after taking Magnesium Citrate and Erythritol with water, and about 6-8 grams of Calcium Ascorbate, a family member also drank the 5 glasses of plain water in the morning.
Maybe it was the combination of all these things, or maybe 2 of the three things were the most important. Anyway, with help from Above, whatever it was, gave significant relief more than whatever was tried before."
11/30/2009: Nat from Brooklyn, Ny, Usa replies: "Update to five glasses water in the morning.
Five glasses might be too much to drink every morning. If it is too much, one can try drinking it just a few times a week over a period of an hour or so. One can also drink immediately in the morning (if not every day then several times a week), within about forty minutes, around three glasses of water with magnesium citrate or magnesium oxide (two or three 200 ml tablets).
Bran, flax seeds and brown sesame seeds should also be added to the water - around a teaspoon to a tablespoon of each. (The bran, flax, and sesame seeds might be left to soak overnight in a little water and then added to the full glasses of water.)
A bit of salt or herbal salt mixture can also be added (example, Trocomare - a Swiss herb salt).
Also, one or two drops of ginger essential oil and some ginger powder can be added (one can also try spearmint or some other essential oil that helps digestion).
Also, a teaspoon or a tablespoon of dark molasses.
The water could be either cold or hot. Hot might be better but may not be as quickly accessible immediately in he morning.
One can also take some magnesium citrate/oxide and the fiber mixture the night before with a smaller amount of water and the rest in the morning with the three or more glasses of water mentioned before.
Hot watery drinks sipped after meals and taken throughout the day also help intestinal mobility.
A friend related that Weight Watchers recommended drinking a glass (one can drink two) of hot water followed by a glass of cold water, in the morning. He recommends this suggestion together with exercising with a weighted hoop for ten to twenty minutes after drinking the hot and cold water.
At "home-remedies-for-you" I read a contribution by someone named Nashira. He/she wrote that the following homemade flax crackers help for even extremely stubborn situations.
Take equal amount of flax seeds (uses golden flax seeds) and water and soak overnight. Then mix with crushed garlic, ginger, soy sauce (uses Nama Shoyu), and fresh lemon juice. Spread the mixture onto a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper and dry on low heat in the oven or dehydrator until crunchy.
Skipping food, "morning bread" or "dawn bread", in the morning slows down intestinal motility.
One should be careful not to omit "morning bread" or "dawn bread", that is, eating some light fiber food containing carbohydrate (natural starch or sugar) and protein shortly after one awakens and close to dawn or sunrise. The Talmud gives this advice and states that "morning/dawn bread" nourishes the liver and heals many illnesses."
05/26/2009: Caitlin from Austin, tx: "Constipation: I spoke with a naturopathic doctor who said that ACV is great in limited amounts. Said that when you take too much, the stomach stops producing its own acid; it regulates itself to the acv and may produce smaller amounts which may account for constipation. I have personally found that drinking a lot more water can regulate my bowels more than anything else. Water is the key. I met a lady who said she drank about 2 gallons of water a day and lost 50 lbs she was carrying, mostly around her stomach. That's all she did. When I saw her later in the year she said her doctor told her to cut down on the water as it was flushing her nutrients out as well which was making her feel extremely tired. Cutting back to a gallon a day worked for her."
[YEA] 03/05/2009: Shelley from Mississauga, Canada: "re: Water and Carots first thing in the morning.
Hello, constipation is not fun and there are many natural cures that work. I wanted to add another natural remedy because it works and its so simple. 1) Water; the body needs water. Usually when people wake up, they have coffee or some type of diuretic [caffine], which is horrible if you have constipation. Drinking 1 glass of water as soon as you wake up is what our body yearns for. Drinking 1 glass of water (at room temperature)in the morning cured my constipation within 1 week. Of coure during the day, you should drink more water, but first thing in the morning is the crutial step. 2) Carrots; not only are carrots delicious, they save our eyesight, protect our hearts, combats cancer, promotes weight loss, AND PREVENTS CONSTIPATION. I do not have constipation anymore, I hope this can help someone else. God Bless."
[YEA] 03/10/2008: Aimy from Lhr, Pk: "Drinking four to five glasses of water every morning before brushing your teeth will cure constipation in ten days. Avoid eating till about 45 minutes after consuming water in the morning. I tried many therapies but this one has been most successful and is a long term solution. Whenever I feel blocked, I consume more than four glasses in the morning. Sometimes even two glasses or one are enough to flush out the system."Replies
[YEA] 01/06/2012: Renee from Bergen Co., Nj replies: "I also drink several glasses of water on an empty stomach in the morning with much success. (32-48 ounces usually). It's a great daily habit. Water on an empty stomach causes the colon to spasm and move the contents, as I understand it. You're also rehydrating your body after sleeping all night. I usually have a successful bathroom visit in 30 minutes or less. I eat breakfast about 30 minutes to an hour later. To resolve a more severe case of constipation, I have had success by adding several other remedies listed here to the water remedy (e.g., sea salt cleanse, eating a cucumber, magnesium oxide)."
01/07/2012: Francisca from Zug, Switzerland replies: "If you drink a glass of warm water or tea first thing in the morning it also helps. For more severe cases add molasses! Fruit first thing in the morning also helps in most cases..... Or dried prunes during the day! Another suggestion is magnesium chloride diluted in water but it tastes awful and a while ago it ended by giving me constipation."
[YEA] 06/21/2012: Elaine from Edmond, Oklahoma, Usa: "I have been constipated for years. I either take Metamucil or take magnesium. I cut back on the mag because it is hard on the kidneys. I haven't really eaten watermelon in years. I bought a melon two weeks ago and oh my gosh. As long as I eat some watermelon every morning a goose has nothing on me. It worked for me."
[YEA] 08/23/2009: Jenny from Memphis, Tn, USA: "I always tend to forget about this easy remedy... but I swear a regular serving of fresh cut watermelon does the trick every single time... in less than an hour or so. I have had chronic constipation and GERD for years. I'll have to remember to eat my watermelon a few times a week!"
03/03/2011: Na954 from Rochester, Minnesota : "I have suffered from constipation for years, and it was worsened by Menopause. These things have really helped. 1. Using a small step stool in front of the stool to elevated the legs. This puts the colon in a more natural positon. 2. Yarrrow tea."
[YEA] 11/15/2012: Sis Morgan from Monterey, Ca: "Yellow dock has worked for a chronic constipation problem where all other remedies failed. I had tried magnesium, and although this at first worked, it failed to work with repeated use. Likewise, a concerted try of psyllium powder did not produce the intended result. I had read about yellow dock in a Chinese herbal book and its wonderful, reliable effects for constipation, and read many testimonials in the book about the herb. I began to drink a tea of yellow dock at night. Results in the morning were immediate. The best part is that it has continued to work! I can now drink this tea every evening and go to bed knowing with certainty that I will have a bowel movement the next morning. It doesn't matter what I have eaten or even the amount of water I have drank during the day, the results are always reliable.
I have suffered from constipation for many years and this is a godsend remedy. You can buy yellow dock tea online for steeping or make your own tea from the dried root. I put about two teaspoons of yellow dock root in a metal tea strainer and pour boiling water over it and allow it to steep until the tea is a rich yellow tan. Begin with small doses for best results and work up to the dose that gives you results. Some people have to drink more than a cup a day for chronic problems. If you take too much yellow dock you can have intestinal cramps, so begin slowly for best results.
If you have had chronic constipation for many years with no help from the usual remedies, I highly recommend yellow dock tea. It has been a miracle herb for me. If the flavor is too bitter, mix some molasses with the hot tea it's delicious!"
[YEA] 01/08/2009: Sangeetha from Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands: "I was highly constipated a few years ago and nothing helped, including ayurvedic medicines. Finally I tried yoga and my constipation was cured in a few days. I don't remember the exact name of the yoga asna for it, but I used to go for yoga classes and do various asnas and some of them were for constipation. You can surf the net for knowing the exact asna and if you are lucky to have a yoga class near you, join right away. Even now if I eat some food that make me constipated, I do yoga and it always helps. Yoga is good for external and internal organs and also for peace of mind and each asnas has several benefits."