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Cure Constipation with Home Remedies

Last Modified on Nov 07, 2015

Relieve constipation naturally and quickly - we have many different home remedies that you can try. Blackstrap molasses, apple cider vinegar and sea salt are among our top home remedies to cure constipation. Our bodies all have their own unique 'timetables', but we know when we're constipated and need help. Try one of our safe and effective natural treatments and feel like yourself again!

What Causes Constipation?

While a poor diet is one of the main causes of constipation, a number of other factors contribute to irregularity as well. Constipation can also be caused by  inadequate water intake, lack of fiber in the diet, a disruption in routine such as traveling, inadequate levels of activity, stress, excessive intake of dairy products, or a number of medical conditions.

Are There Any Natural Options to Make Movements More Regular?

Whether your diet, water consumption, or medicinal regimen is to blame, any one of the various natural remedies for constipation will likely help. Apple cider vinegar, blackstrap molasses, and sea salt are among the most common natural remedies; however, magnesium, flaxseed, lemon juice, and olive oil may also help.

1. Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple cider vinegar is one of our most versatile remedies, and it is just as effective for treating constipation. ACV helps reestablish a balanced pH in the body while supplementing important nutrients like magnesium to restore regularity.

2. Blackstrap Molasses

A “sweet” remedy in more ways than one, blackstrap molasses delivers a variety of nutrients to the body that help manage regular bowel movements. Like ACV, one of the most important nutrients molasses supplies is magnesium.

3. Sea Salt

Sea salt actually functions as a natural laxative. The body is unable to absorb salt water, so it quickly passes through your system, helping to flush your system and restore regular bowel movements.

While we have come across a number of other natural remedies for constipation, these three seem to offer the most consistent relief. Give one of our favorite home remedies a try and let us know how it works for you, or let us know how your restore regularity in your home. See below for an incredible number of natural constipation remedies and positive responses from our audience. These folk cures can help address everything from constipation pain and tenderness in the abdomen to the toxic whole-health effects that can result from a case of severe constipation.

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Posted by Lydia (Miami, FL) on 12/06/2006

[YEA]  I have been constipated for the past thirteen years due to meds and my years of suffering from anorexia and especially bulimia. I only eat healthy food and I HAVE tried everthing and wasted a lot of money to help my situation between doctors' visits, medicines and supplements. Lately the thing that is proving to be helpful is acidophilus (in the millions), All brand fiber cereal (I find it delicious) and magnesium (750mg/day) I have accepted mine as a hopeless case; however, this may help somebody out there!

Replied by Mia
Crossville, Tennessee

i have been suffering from chronic constipation for as long as i can remember. i have taken every kind of laxative and stool softener out on the market. i have used emema's and suppositories just to help it along. i have been doing this for years until i came across this web site. so i went to my local ___store and got some magnesium oxide in 400mg tablets. i took 1 of a morning on a empty stomach with a large glass of water and 1 of a evening before going to bed. the next day i had a very small bowl movement so i up the dosage to 2 tablets of a morning and 2 of an evening and have had a bowl movement every morning. i have been taking it for 2 weeks now and haven't felt this great in a long time. that weighted down feeling is gone and i have more energy.
Replied by Nooree
Miami, Florida

Hi Lydia! I have been on essential oils for a month now, one in the morning and one at night when I go to sleep. I drink two glases of water early in the morning after brushing my teeth. And take a cup of tea. In between I take 1 tablespoon of coconut oil for my hyperthyroid and as soon as I finish my cup of tea I will have an urge to go. No more constipation or even diarrhea. It will take a month or two to adjust and the fish oil should have all 3 Omegas in it ( Omega 3, Omega 6 and Omega 9 from essential oils) The one I bought has salmon oil. flax seed oil and canola oil in it. It is not only fish oil. In winter I will change it to codliver oil. I am also suger free, dairy free, and white bread free for three and a half months so may be suger is a culprit for stomach problems for me. Since I quit suger I have no more Migrains, My eyes are better ( no more burning) My skin is alot better ( brown marks on my arms are fading away), I do not have dry skin and my nails got smmother. I am sure there are alot more good things happened internally. I am blessed since I came in Contact with Earth Clinic.

I am also getting rid of my candida which was a problem for ten years ( I didn't know) Now that I am getting the "DIE OFF SYMPTOMS" I realize I had it. The coconut oil is taking care of that with rotating dose of Oregano oil, garlic and borax (2 to 3 days each then I change.) I am trying to find Iodine but I couldn't find it here in Miami. Now I will order it online because I see alot of sites that have it. Then I will take a drop of Lugal's Iodine in my water every day. That will kill the bacteria or fungus if I have any at the time but it will help with my Fatigue and thyroid problems. I hope this helps.

Replied by Sasha
Savanna-la-mar, Westmoreland

Hello, I have been suffering from constipation for quite some time and I am also very underweight. However lately I found out I had Celiac Disease. My small intestine is damaged from years of ingesting gluten and I just found out. The happy thing though is the fact that I now know the cause of my illness. I am going to see an herbalist to help with healing my intestine. Forget about the regular doctors. They are only trained to sell medications and do surgeries, eventually also being a sales rep for the funeral homes.
Replied by John
Boston, Ma

[YEA]   Sasha, You have the right approach. You will want to take a good pro-biotic. Look for one with a broad spectum of strains (8 or more)and active cultures in the Billions (15B or more). You may have to adjust it up or down according to bowel tolerance.

The cheaper ones are under 5 billion and have fewer strains.

You should also look in to a good pre-biotic which is food for the good bacteria to thrive. Some common ones include FOS and inulin. You can also get pre-biotics from eating onions, leaks, garlic, and bannanas.

An herbalist may also give you some herbs to soothe the digetive tract like marshmellow tea and anti inflamatories like ginger tea.

It will be a good idea to take digestive bitters 15-30 minutes before eating. These are herbs that help stimulate the digestive juices to make sure you are digesting well. Another alternative is to take digestive enzymes and Betaine (HCL) if you need it.

I just want to correct an earlier poster who said she takes coconut oil for hyerthyroidism. I believe she means "hypothyroidism". Coconut oil tends to speed up the thyroid , not slow it down thus making it good for hypothyroidism.

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Posted by Susan (Atlanta, Georgia, USA) on 11/27/2008

[YEA]  For constipation, I use an acupressure point in the arm. The point is found when you bend the arm - for example, place your right hand on your left shoulder. At the bend of the elbow, use your left hand to locate the acupressure point about halfway between the crease of the bend and the bone. Massage that point for about 15 seconds, then switch to the other arm. Back and forth. I also do this while standing. Usually works within 10 to 15 minutes at most. Also, I have cut out wheat and all gluten grains. I did not think I had a gluten problem but found out that I have that sensitivity.

Replied by Lee
Durban, South Africa

Hi! Could you please explain a bit more clearly where this acupressure point on the arm is?
Replied by Stan
Las Vegas, Nv

I found the accupressure spot you're looking for. When you put your right hand on your left shoulder, use your left hand and there's a hollow spot just above your right elbow. You'll know when you've found it because there's a sharp pain if you do have a constipation problem.

Posted by Lisa (West Plains MO) on 04/24/2006

[YEA]  I tried Donna's suggestion on acupressure and it works!!! I rub not only my stomach but where my colon is. Also I found taking 2 tbsp. of molasses morning and night followed by acv in tea and then the acupressure works every time for me. I don't have to sit on the crapper for 15 minutes anymore.

Replied by Angela
Bloomfield,, New Jersey

[YEA]   I have suffered from constipation in a very bad way for a very long time. I don't know what this exercise is called but a friend of mine recently told me to kneel down then sit on the back of my legs as though I was sitting on a chair and wait for the sensation that I want to go comes. It works like a charm. The first few times took about 15 minutes. After that, it happened in about 5 minutes. Works every time. If the floor is too hard, sit on the bed or sofa. Can't wait to hear your experiences.
Replied by Sonia
Hamilton, Bermuda

Angela, do you mean that one should sit on their calves and ankles until the sensation to go hits?

Posted by Donna (Aspen, CO)

[YEA]  Every morning, before you get out of bed -- rub your tummy with your fist, not too hard, gently, but make an impression, only for about 10 seconds. It may take two mornings of rubbing, but you'll never be constipated again.

Replied by Lisa
West Plains MO

[YEA]   I tried Donna's suggestion on acupressure and it works!!! I rub not only my stomach but where my colon is. Also I found taking 2 tbsp. of molasses morning and night followed by acv in tea and then the acupressure works every time for me. I don't have to sit on the crapper for 15 minutes anymore.
Replied by Boomer
Edmonton, Ab

Make sure if you rub your stomache that you do it in a clockwise motion. Rubbing counter clockwise can result in increased constipation and can cause problems with your intestines.

ACV, Baking Soda, Garlic
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Posted by Wanda (East Bay, CA) on 05/16/2007

[YEA]  Have had some digestive challenges lately. Last night, used ACV in water just prior to a bowl of oatmeal. About an hour later, I swallowed a garlic capsule. This morning after swishing peanut oil for about 20 minutes, I drank the juice of one lemon mixed with about a TBSP of baking powder and water. My nose began to run. After a breakfast of French Toast, bacon, and strong coffee, there was an almost immediate cleansing. I'm not sure which concoction did the job, or if it was the harmonious work of them all. Anyway, just wanted to say thanks and kudos for the good advice. I feel blessed.

Replied by Jan
East, Va

Coffee is well known to cause a bowel movement. Chances are, that did it or at least greatly contributed to it.
Replied by Lee
Durban, South Africa

I find that caffeine works best for my constipation. It's not the healthiest option, so I'm looking for some as effective, but healthier.
Replied by Anon

Hi, yes coffee works great but so does a teaspoon of ascorbic acid with baking soda added (tip of spoon).
Replied by Elaine
Edmond, Ok

[BETTER BUT WITH SIDE EFFECTS]   I have been drinking ACV and baking soda for the last two days for high blood pressure. I normally feel like a cement factory has moved in my bowel. But, this morning I had diarrhea. I'll cut back on the dosage. I was just pouring the ACB and BS haphazardly. Tonight I'll measure it. Two tablespoons ACV and one teaspoon BS.

Apple Cider Vinegar
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Posted by Terrysweething (Saskatchewan, Canada) on 12/18/2014

Myself and my fiancee began to take apple cider vinegar with the mother. He would take one tbs twice daily. His stomach issues usually involved going to the washroom too much, sudden bouts of diarrhea, bloat and gas. He took the ACV for about three days, then was off as he wasn't home. When he returned he stated he was constipated, and it took a couple more days to work through. He was so plugged up he had bleeding when he finally managed to pass. He has really never had this problem before, as he usually has the opposite. Did the ACV cause this? Any ideas? I would like for him to stick with the Apple Cider Vinegar for other benefits but now he won't as the result of just a couple days was terrible. Any help would be appreciated.

Replied by Mmsg
Somewhere, Europe

Terrysweething, have him start again with MUCH less.
Replied by Terrysweething
Saskatchewan, Canada

Thank you, will do. I am wondering too if he was not drinking enough water as well?

Posted by Diamond (Ma., US) on 09/16/2014

I have found a great solution for constipation; in my case I was born with a mold virus. I use Apple Cider Vinegar in a cup or container with fresh chopped garlic and chopped onion, let it set for an hour or two, then take an enema and for me it works right away. Also once in awhile I add aloe vera to my mixture as it's a great healer. Good Luck

Replied by Hilda
New York, US

Hi everyone, I have had constipation since childhood....I'm a chronic laxative user (senna teas, for almost 30 years). Since I went into menapause a few years ago, nothing helped anymore. I take senna, ACV and probiotics every single day...they did not help anymore....i was in so much agony and a doctor put me on Linzess. I'm better but feel like I really don't want to get hooked on prescription medication...i"m afraid even linzess wouldn't work on me in the future. Please let me know if any of you has had a similar experience and can offer a natural cure instead of linzess!! Thanks a bunch and g-d bless.
Replied by Nano Writer
Hotspot, Texas

Hilda, get some vitamin C powder and/or magnesium citrate. Start taking it 500 mg C or 200 mg magnesium every couple of hours until you get the desired result.
Replied by Sam

I've had constipation problems my entire life and my son inherited it as well. We keep magnesium around ALWAYS. We have different types of magnesium, but prefer Calm because it is easy for my son to take(he can't swallow pills). In order to keep our systems regular, we have to take probiotics, eat lots of fiber(sprouted whole grains, flax seed, fiber supplements) eat fruit & veggies everyday and lots of water. If we eat too much garbage food we pay for it and have to take magnesium to break the plug. Also I can't take iron or calcium supplements and pain killers of any kind bind me up immediately. Sounds like you messed up your system with a laxative addiction. That might be hard to overcome because your body has to be retrained, but diet & lifestyle changes are key. Figure out what causes or triggers bouts of constipation and avoid them. Figure out what you can eat that helps. I eat a lot of salads now...I have learned to like them because it makes life easier. You may need digestive enzymes or you may have low stomach acid or food allergies. Everyone is different, so what works for me may not work for you. Keep trying and maybe see a ND for testing.
Replied by Mmsg
Somewhere, Europe

Hilda, you can try changing your diet (soft foods and/or raw foods), or simply chewing your food much more than you do. Results will not show up in one day, you probably need to "retrain" your intestines.
Replied by Sp
New Jersey

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Hi Hilda, have you tried going gluten free? Chronic constipation can be a sign of gluten sensitivity. If you haven't tried going gluten free, try it for a month and see how you feel. The trick is to read all the labels on your food and reference celiac sites to make sure you are going 100% gluten free. It's hard to do, but oh so worth it. Good luck!

Posted by Salut (Los Angeles, California) on 06/30/2014

[NAY]  I love this site!! I am learning so much and at a time when I need it. So thank you to all! My question is about ACV. I read great things about it, and because I have suffered most of my life ( I am 50) of "lazy" intestins and would easily go an entire week without a bowel movement and being bloated, I thought I would give ACV a try. I probably was to eager as I started 2x a day a shot glass. I did that for 2 days (4 shots) my body was not happy. I figured I probably used too much. I lowered to just 2 tablespoons per day. No difference. Instad of helping my bowels it seems to make it worse.I don't know why ACV is not working for me. Did someone have such an experience? thank you very much.

Replied by Mama To Many Donate


Dear Salut,

I am sorry that the ACV is not working for you. You are most brave to take that much at once! :)

Constipation has many causes. So, maybe ACV helps some because it addresses certain causes but not the cause you are dealing with.

ACV doesn't help me with constipation issues either. I use it daily and love it. I find it very helpful for different things. But for me, dairy products slow my system down very much. I had a terrible time with constipation as a child. As an adult, I was vegetarian and then vegan (no dairy or eggs either) for a while. Suddenly my elimination became normal.

If I eat lots of fruits and vegetables, all tends to be well for me even with dairy sometimes. If my diet isn't going to be so great (especially bad when traveling! ) I use Dr. Christopher's Lower Bowel Formula. I used it a lot during pregnancy since pregnancy tends to slow the system. For me, two capsules a meal works when my diet is at its worst. Other times, I might just take two caspules if I am eating a meal with lots of dairy. It has Cascara Sagrada in it, which is what keeps the system moving. Some say not to take it regularly, but I have not had a problem with it. I took it daily during pregnancy and was able to go off it easily.

There are lots of solutions on EC. I am hopeful that one of those will be your solution! Or maybe you will find a new solution to post. I hope you figure out the problem soon.

~Mama to Many~

Replied by Angela
Los Angeles, CA

Hi there, ACV was not working for my constipation problems but I use Apple Cider Vinegar with baking soda. First thing in the morning I take little tea spoon Apple Cider Vinegar with little baking is the trick do not use too much Apple Cider Vinegar and pinch of sea salt. Hopepully it helps.
Replied by Suzy
Fort Wayne, Indiana

Daily vitamin c and magnesium will put an end to constipation. You may have to experiment a bit to find the dosage that works for you.

Posted by Janine (Cerritos, California, USA) on 01/12/2013

[YEA]  I rarely see anything mentioned about diet when it comes to constipation. Believe me, if you're having problems and you don't factor in what you're eating, you are making a mistake. If you are really backed up, natural methods take time to act and even then - if you're a difficult case you may have to bring out the big guns (senna, etc. ) to resolve the problem in the meantime. Your body wants to be on a schedule. In brief, no matter how you resolve the problem stick with a program. Avoid dairy (until resolved), eat at least three meals a day, use sprouted grain bread, some raw and cooked (lightly) vegetables, healthy fats, probiotics (natural or supplement), enzymes (natural and/or supplements), water, exercise regularly, sleep 8 hours, meditate. To avoid laxatives look for natural solutions like flax seed and chia seed. I use Kombucha and ACV in my diet but usually not both in the same day. Natural methods will work but only if you pay attention to the big picture. You could be taking enzymes, probiotics, ACV and still be constipated if you're diet is low in fiber and fat. Don't be afraid of protein but don't overload. Grass fed beef, milk and cheese is much lower in saturated fat than what we've typically been using and raw milk and cheese are friendlier for the gut. Too much of the non raw variety of milk will cause constipation. Do your homework.

Replied by Michael

[YEA]   Great advice Janine. I have one more piece of information. I got severely constipated from eating baked cookies and cake that contained whole oats and flax seeds. Now I cook or soak the oats and the flax seeds in water prior to baking. I also make sure when I make legumes like black beans that I cook them thoroughly until very soft. Carbs in general take a lot of water to digest so daily water consumption should be increased accordingly with a moderate to high carb diet.

Posted by Lisaj (Charleston, Sc) on 12/15/2012

[YEA]  I have been drinking 1 cap of apple cider vinegar (ACV) and water everyday for 6 years. It has changed my life forever. My entire life I had constipation problems, colds, bloating.... Now all healed. I carry my bottle with me when I travel. I have even purchased when in Greece and Turkey. I will never miss a day in my life without this miricle product! Don't wait start drinking now.

Replied by Thabo
South Africa

Hi I wanna try and drink this apple cider vinigar as I bought it bt which is the right way to drink it, coz I must also mix it with water.... What are the measurement of this two to get the best results.

Posted by Donna (Southern, Ohio) on 02/21/2010

[NAY]  I have suffered with a spastic colon which the doctors are now calling IBS since I was in high school, over 20 years ago! I continue to have problems with my bowels and in a bad week will go for days without any eliminations. I do drink organic ACV daily in fruit juices. Unfortunately, ACV does nothing for the constipation, bloating, or stomach pain associated with IBS. I have been drinking about a tablespoon or so at least twice a day (or more) for over a month now and can tell no difference what so ever so I guess I have to give ACV a Nay when it comes to alleviating constipation.

Posted by Noor (Lawrenceville, Ga) on 06/10/2009

[YEA]  HI I just wanted to let people knw my story, I have been on a low carb diet wihich also known as protein sparing modified fast its very stricted in food u intake, awesome diet however the only problem is u don`t have bowel movements for days, a friend of mine told me she been taking apple cider vinegar ever since she had her last kid, and ask me to give it a try, so i did 2 tablespoon daily pure just like that no water no sweetener its just easier this way comparing in adding whole lot of water and honey...which tend to make it harder to drink. And belived or not i have bowel movements every single day, and its just 2 tablespoon a day and drink lots of water itself the whole day, i feel great more than ever, i highly recommend that to any body that suffer bowel movements, plz go buy yourself a good ACV unfiltered u will see diference in you.

Replied by Joe
Toronto, Ontario

when do you take Apple Cider Vinegar and on empty stomach? thanks
Replied by Salut
Los Angeles, California

To Daniel from Blackwood, NJ. Your theory sounds good. I know I overdid the intake. One note though, I was taking Apple Cider Vinegar am-pm and throughout the day about 1-2 oz of Aloe Vera I wonder if the combination of the 2 gave me the complications. I will give Apple Cider Vinegar another try with just 2 tsp am and pm. Hopefully I will join in the crowd of the happy-on-acv-people. thank you for your feedback/advice.

Posted by Carol (Washington, DC, USA) on 01/01/2009

[YEA]  I have suffered from ulcerative colitis and constipation for years. My medications (for other health problems) seemed to be making the constipation worse. I eat lots of fiber, drink plenty of water & exercise regularly, but the constipation did not go away. I found this site & decided to try ACV. I took 2 teaspoons last night with water and then 2 tsp. this morning followed by water & it worked perfectly! I was amazed that I achieved these results so quickly. I actually had a normal bowel movement. I feel great! I will definitely keep taking ACV. Thanks!

Replied by Daniel
Blackwood, NJ

[YEA]   I have a theory on why Apple cider vinegar seems to help with constipation and IBS for some people and not for others. I'm actually surprised this ailment isn't on the site, its called SIBO (Small Intestinal Bacteria Overgrowth) and its been linked to many (but not all) cases of IBS. Since the vinegar is antibacterial when one takes this it tends to lower the bacterial load of the small intestines allowing someone with IBS or SIBO to find relief because the overgrowth of the bacteria is stopped, much like a prescription of antibiotics that does the same thing without the fairly large price tag. I think the problem a lot of people are running into is when they take too much of it and it kills too many of the bacteria that help you digest your food. There is, Personally when I take a shot of the stuff after a few days it causes me constipation because its not diluted enough and it most likely gets dumped into my intestines as soon as I drink it due to the irritation of the pyloric valve much like a shot of vodka or equally irritating substance. But when I take only a teaspoon or two in 12 or more oz of water my bowel movements are great. So if any of you are having a problem with constipation please give ACV another chance just use much less (a tsp or two at most )and dilute it in water or your liquid of choice you will probably have a much better time with it. Also if your worried about the enamel on your teeth please use a straw.
Replied by Mrs P.
Kuching, Malaysia

[BETTER BUT NOT CURED]   I am taking diluted ACV 1 teaspoon in 8oz upon rising from bed in the AM and have another one before dinner. I have been taking this for 1 week. I only get little BM daily. I wonder if there is anything I can do to increase the effectiveness. I am so envy reading other's pleasant experiences with ACV. I really hope ACV is the final solution to my serious constipation since it has a lot of other health benefits. Any suggestion? I am thinking of taking a larger dosage.
Replied by Eddi
Houston, Texas USA

[YEA]   Hi everyone, ACV does work and it has helped me in various situations. I mix one teaspoon of apple cider vinegar in honey and I take one or two teaspoonfuls before or after meal once or twice a day. It clears my sore throat, soothes my tummy aches, made me lose weight, opened my sinuses during cold. Please do not overtake acv. Be moderate. I've been constipated and I've had two difficult b-movements ending in harsh stool and slight bleeding due to stretching of tissue. When I eat pumpkin pitas, I go next morning and stool is softened. Pumpkin is good, but not too much bread. Pumpkin pitas are found at Spanish and Mexican bakeries. It's a great snack and heals prostate problems, bladder, low in calories, high in betas, rich in potassium. It's no wonder, I always feel good after I eat pumpkin pitas. God bless and take care.:)
Replied by Starfish
Crystal, Usa

I was diagnosed with SIBO about a year ago. Years of being ill and not knowing why ends up is due to this overgrowth. I have tried everything from way too many harsh antibiotics to the ACV. I now stick with enzymes and probiotics but still have bad days. I was told I would probably have this the rest of my life. I am willing to try ACV again. How much should I be taking everyday. Should I take with or without water?? any suggestions
Replied by Anne
London, Uk

Thanks for mentioning the ACV issue/constipation. I will certainly add more water to my ACV/baking soda concoction. I hope to see a difference in a few days.
Replied by Tomp
Athens, Alabama

-Just a thought for us new to the site... I didn't know ACV stood for AppleCiderVineger and don't make the same mistake I did. I mistook TSP="tablespoon" wrong! It really means "tea" spoon. I know your all laughing but was like a shot of vodka!

Thanks for great info.

Replied by Cc
Atlanta, Ga

Do the same thing but do it with WARM water. I boiled it then let it cool. Worked in an hour. And I did no honey and a eyeball shot of a tablespoon. The digestive system works better with warm liquids... Never cold.
Replied by Kt

I believe there is one exception...1/2 tsp dry mustard & 1/2 cup of cool water first thing in the morning on an empty stomach.

Posted by Caitlin (Austin, TX) on 12/17/2008

[YEA]  Hi! I've found that if you drink your ACV first thing in the morning with ICE-WATER you will go to the bathroom within 20 minutes. My grandmother who was a mid-wife/healer back in the 20's always recommended a large icy, cold glass of water every morning to stay regular. She recommended a dash of lemon but I've found that a tablespoon of ACV more cleansing and better for my skin. I always, however, use a straw with ACV or lemon because of the acid on the teeth. I like the big, round ones that burger joints have sitting around. Before I forget, I did lose 3 pounds initially with the ACV but have found that I lose more when I eat right and exercise at least 20 minutes every other day. Initially the ACV made my pants fall off as it targeted my excess stomach area, but I'm stable now. I believe the ACV only goes so far; the rest is pushing away from those extra helpings, lots of water to get rid of toxins and stay regular, and at least 20 minutes of exercise (daily preferably). My grandmother lived to be 94. She walked and regularly caught the bus everywhere; she even danced a lot (what she called dancing anyway) till she was 89 and moved near a burger and chicken joint. Frequently eating at those places, which she never did on any kind of regular basis, brought 50lbs of weight gain on her tiny frame, diabetes and sight problems and, she eventually lost her legs at 92 to diabetes. This is the legacy of the fast food and sugar industry; we lose the great ones to their unhealthy slop! As you can tell I miss her and her ageless wisdom.

Replied by Leta
Bolton, NC

I agree with you Caitlin. My grandmother was really into healthy eating and used a lot of wheat germ, flax seed and vinegar to stay healthy. She passed away 2 years ago at the age of 90 and was never sick. She was so wise and instilled in me the importance of healthy eating and the use of home remedies. I too miss her. I have struggled with my weight for many years but for several months I have been retraining myself on how to eat and utilizing a lot of what she taught me.

And the fast food stores... Oh My Gosh... I can not understand, in this day and age when more and more people are becoming more health conscience, why the fast food industry is not incorporating things like Turkey burgers, baked fries, grilled salmon, etc... I think I will start a Health Fast Food industry because isn't that one of the problems anyway with eating healthy -planning, inconvience, taste, etc?

I have incorporated flax seed in my breakfast or at least one meal a day, eating more fish, baked foods, and I personally like oatmeal. I add a little sea salt and a touch of smart balance light with omega for taste. I hate to seem like I am babbling on but these small changes in my life are helping me to lose weight and maybe it can help someone else. I also drink vinegar with a touch of baking soda to help with allergies. Hope this helps someone!

Posted by newnelly (44065, ohio) on 10/06/2008

[YEA]  I tried apple cidar vinegar (1 tbs) straight chased by water. Wow! It immediately had me running to the bathroom. I know it says to take it in water and sip it all day long, but if you feel brave and feel the need to purge, this is the way to go. Warning! It burns a bit, but I think that is because it is working and cleansing the insides.