Cure Constipation with Home Remedies

Last Modified on Nov 04, 2014

Multiple Remedies   2  3   

Posted by Fiona (Kuching, Sarawak) on 07/16/2012

These are a few natural remedies for constipation that are very effective:

1.Eat high fiber foods. Eat fruits and vegetable, oatmeals, raw nuts, whole grains, bran etc.
2. Drink plenty of water and fluids.
3. Take probiotics regularly.
4. Exercise at least 3 times per week.
5. Flaxseed oil. 1 tablespoon, 3 times a day.

Read more natural remedies for constipation, heartburn, acid reflux and stomach gas.

Posted by Lctao4 (Gainesville, Fl) on 07/27/2010

[NAY]  I've been trying to detox from candida. I'm pretty sure it was candida but I'm not passing my bowels and it's affecting me emotionally and mentally. I've tried the salt, aloe, ACV, flax seeds, etc and still nothing without a suppository. I don't want to keep expelling because it's damaging to the intestinal lining. I'm eating yogurt to help with that. I'm getting scared though because I"m not passing my waste. Any help would be great. I'm on a mainly vegetable diet with no sugar, whites or grains and few proteins and a little fat. Still nothing. Suggestions are very welcome. Thanks.

Posted by Nickie
Ruislip, Middlesex, Uk
17 Posts
[YEA]   Could be you are not getting sufficient protein. When I've been doing a fruit and veg cleanse for a few days and then eat an egg the result is almost immediate. You need protein and egg is the most easily available to the body and closest to human protein. Next best is liver lightly cooked but I am aware most Americans don't like the thought of eating innards.
Posted by Debbie
Melbourne , Australia
Taking fibre for constipation only masks the problem. The problem is many people these days don't have enough good bacteria in the gut to digest food properly. You need to take a good probiotic and have a digestive enzyme with each meal. Fermented foods (like apple cider vinegar) also add back good bacteria into the gut.
Posted by Lory
Tarlac City, Philippines
Have you tried eating ripe papaya for your constipation? In the Philippines, that's what people eat as remedy to this problem.
Posted by Francisca
Michelbach-le-bas, Alsace, France
803 Posts
Take vitamin C first thing in the morning, works a treat. A cup of tea of hot water, maybe with lemon works well too, or else fruit first thing in the morning, or a glass of warm water with molasses. See what works for you!
Posted by G
Another cause of constipation could be gluten causing inflammation that makes it hard for things to transit the small intestine and bowel. Try going gluten-free for a month and see if it helps. Nightshades like potatoes, tomatoes, bell peppers, and eggplant can also cause intestinal inflammation. Look into food sensitivities in general. This can take will-power, as gluten foods can be addictive.

Gut problems can be a vicious cycle where various things go wrong and aggravate each other. So say you've got inflammation, b/c your intestinal lining is damaged so that foods like those mentioned above cause irritation. That can damage your ability to produce stomach acid and/or digestive enzymes, which can lead to malnourishment, and incomplete digestion which leaves food for bad microbes.

My approach would be: 1) Cut out foods that cause inflammation, and/or feed bad microbes and parasites & add nutrient dense foods; 2) Look into supporting your digestion with HCl tablets, digestive enzymes, and bile; 3) Eat fermented foods and/or take probiotics; 4) Cleanse parasites, candida, and other bad bugs with herbal treatments.

A damaged gut can take months or more to heal.

Posted by Ninka (Jhb, S. Africa) on 06/08/2010

[NAY]  hi i just need help my mother suffers from chronic constipation. she is 59 a has been a diabetic for 27yrs and hypertension. She has been to several doctors had several gastroscopy's perfomed and they say she has small ulcer all of them just prescribe some type of laxative. she also tried colon cleansing it provided some relief but constipation returned. right now she was being treated by a homeopath he put her on a raw diet of fruit and green veggies no sugar or salt ox liver during lunch 2 times a week and some herbal remedy to drink she seemed to be doing well for two weeks but now she constipated again she has cut out the ox liver and organic oatmeal she was having for breakfast but still no improvement.

Posted by Mary
Regina, Saskchewan
How awful! Why dont you check out Bills magnesium water recipe on this site. Take 2 drinks a day half mag water mixed with half water. Mary

EC: Mary is referring to Bill's post here.

Posted by Lucy
Santa Cruz, Ca
5 Posts
A good old, quart size, enema bag filled with plan warm water. Ask for a hot water bottle, no one knows what an enema bag is or what it's used for. I repeat until I get the results I want, could take 30-45 minutes. Check your weight before and after, to make sure you eliminate all the water. Massage your lower belly to get things moving, and try to hold as much water as you can before eliminating. You'll eliminate between 1-2 pounds or more of fecal matter.
Posted by Andrea C
Cardiff, Wales
HI I just posted b/carb borax 4 constipation with amounts in distilled water. it should be up within 24/48 hours. make sure mum has access 2 a toilet, in case it works 4 her like it did 4 me!!! heres hoping! love ANDREA C X X X

Posted by Desire (Chicago, IL) on 10/30/2006

[YEA]  5HTP, Omega3, Chlorophyll, ACV, Lemon and H2O everyday, Yoga 4 days a week. This combination has cured plenty; depression, regularity, appetite suppressant, etc. I'm just one happy camper

Oat Bran   2  0   

Posted by Anne (Dallas , Pa) on 01/23/2011

[YEA]  I have suffered from chronic constipation all of my life (47years), however my constipation was elevated to a whole new level of difficulty after a difficult child birth that required a surgical repair of my rectal wall - no pushing power. I tried everything: stool softeners, psyllium fiber, M---lax and a prescribtion medication for IBS. I eat a high fiber diet and stay hydrated But nothing worked. If you are reading this I don't have to tell you that this is really bad for the female self image. Constipation is not sexy!

This past summer I stumbled on what has been a "miracle" for me: oat bran. 100% oat bran is prepared as a hot cereal that I eat daily for breakfast (not to be confused w/ oat bran). It took a week or so, but for the most part I have been constipation free for the better part of 6 months. I have a normal BM almost daily and sometimes 2 times daily. Sometimes I might get a touch of constipation and to my amazement a single stool softener will now Do the trick, if I stick w/ my Oat bran regime. And best of all it is delicious w/ a little Spoon of sugar and some butter, Raisins and a few walnuts-yummy. I Love it! And it good for Controlling cholesterol as a bonus.

May be hard to find in a conventional grocery store, but most health food sections Of a store will have it. Some stores carry it in the loose bulk section. Any good health food store will have it. It's usually pretty cheap, but shop around if price is a consideration. Should be less than 3.50 for a small box that will last me at least 2 weeks.

I was able to rid myself of constipation. Now I will try the ACV for my Interrmitant abd pain. Good luck friends.

Posted by Maribel (Miami, Florida) on 12/03/2008


You go to Whole Foods and in the bulk section you buy OAT BRAN, it's very unexpensive. it is like powder and you just put 1-2 spoonfuls in your cereal or in anything and it's like magic, in less than 1 hour you have a bowel movement and natural not forced like with laxatives.

Oatmeal   1  0   

Posted by Jean (Calgary Alberta, Canada) on 05/08/2008

[YEA]  Constipation Remedy: Eat your porridge! A bowl of oatmeal porridge every morning (preferably made with large old fashioned oats) will keep your body working regularly. Adding some pumpkin seeds and dried fruit is even better. Takes only 4 minutes in the microwave.

Olive Oil and Orange Juice   3  1   

Posted by susan (jupiter, florida) on 11/26/2007

[YEA]  I tried the olive oil and orange juice remedy for the constipation. It worked within ten minutes without stomach cramping and awful side effects like all the other over the counter laxatives can do. Thank you very much, I wish I found this remedy sooner.

Posted by Nicki (Ontario, Canada) on 12/23/2006

[YEA]  It's not on this site, I don't think. For severe constipation (I had no movement for 5 days), I tried equal amounts of olive oil and orange juice. I had 1 cup of this in total, you may be able to get away with less. Within 15 minutes, there was movement. I was able to have many soft bowel movements after that. It was incredible. I also find eating 1/3 cup of Bran with Psyillium every day will help in getting back on track, going forward.

Posted by Allie
New Haven, Connecticut
[NAY]   Have been constipated for 7 days as a side effect of medicine for headaches. I tried 1/2 c. olive oil and 1/2 c of orange juice. 2 hours later, no bm but I was gagging and vomited. It takes a lot to make me vomit. I may never be able to taste olive oil again. Still coming up in burps. Sorry so graphic. Maybe this remedy would work for someone that doesn't already have a slow intestinal motility.
Posted by Idow
Miami, Fl
[YEA]   YEA. I can't thank Ted enough for this website and whoever first posted the olive oil/OJ cure for constipation. After 46 yrs of babying my colon w/tons of fiber in order to have a BM everyday, now I'm totally cured. I continue to eat a healthy organic, high fiber diet b/c I have hereditary high cholesterol, but my colon behaves perfectly everyday now, like clockwork, without any prodding or waiting!

I followed the inxs from the original poster 1 teaspoon organic extra virgin olive oil and 1 teaspoon OJ, first thing in the morning, with an empty stomach. Proceed to have your breakfast as usual. By the time you're done with your tea, or coffee (highly recommend either as caffeine is a stimulant & further helps to move the colon) you're ready to take care of business and go on with your day.

I can only thank God and Ted for this website! Many blessings to you Ted!

Oranges and Honey   1  0   

Posted by Sophia (Cork, Ireland) on 08/16/2014

[YEA]  Squeeze two oranges, add a spoonful of honey and warm water to make a glassful, approximately 8 ozs. This will relieve constipation.

Over the Counter   0  0   

Posted by Nat (Brooklyn, Ny) on 10/26/2011

Speaking to a nephrologist about a member of the family who is on dialysis, I asked about Magnesium Citrate as a supplement. He said that Citrate products are not used on dialysis patients because it was seen that Calcium Citrate increases aluminum in the bodies of dialysis patients. (In kidney failure, the kidneys cannot filter out aluminum, and dialysis does not either. Normal kidneys filter out aluminum. ) But what about all the people who have partial kidney failure and don't even know it. So we stopped using the Magnesium Citrate, just as a precaution.

Instead experimentation was made using one to two tablespoons Benefiber from the pharmacy (one can use up to six tablespoons Benefiber a day) in one or two glasses of water, in combination with one or two (or three) tablespoons Milk of Magnesia - sometimes also with some Magnesium Bicarbonate (made by pouring two or three full measuring tablespoons of Milk of Magnesia - a half to three fourths of the enclosed cap - into a bottle of seltzer/club soda and shaking the contents - as recommended on Earthclinic by Bill from San Fernando, Philippines - but sometimes using a bit less Milk of Magnesia than recommended).

Glucomannan, a fiber supplement recommended by Pam from Alabama, might also be used with the water and Milk of Magnesia.

Milk of Magnesia, starting at five Tbsp. and going down gradually, is recommended, in the name of an older doctor, by Redclary from Oklahoma .

Some extra seltzer/club soda, recommended by Carol from Cumberland, MD, is also helpful (used in the mixture).

This simple combination of Benefiber and Milk of Magnesia in water is much better than many other things used to help the intestines.

After a few days one can often use smaller amounts of the Milk of Magnesia while increasing slightly the Benefiber.

Benefiber is a fiber supplement that helps increase good bacteria in the body. It is made from Hydrolyzed guar gum. For some reason it is better than plain Guar Gum. Also, it is mostly tasteless and does not thicken.

Pineapple   2  0   

Posted by Lisa (Missouri) on 08/22/2006

[YEA]  Pineapples! Fresh pineapple juice works great. I have a juicer and have it every morning. I'm not sure about store bought seeing as they usually have additives in the juice. A juicer is the best investment you'll ever make.

Posted by Winston
Sf, Ca
[YEA]   Don't know about the juice but a good sized portion on fresh, not frozen pineapple is a very effective natural acting laxative.

Pomegranate   1  0   

Posted by Delores (Atlanta, Georgia)

[YEA]  1/4 cup of pure Pomegranate concentrate with 16 oz. water, twice daily. Adjust as needed. This works wonders for constipation.

Prune Juice   2  0   

Posted by Bilja (Toronto, Ontario) on 03/10/2013

[YEA]  Prune Juice for Constipation... Not personal experience, but family member, having constipation as taking many different medications and pain killers treating other issues. Tried acv, and olive oil w/ lemon juice, slow results. However drinking glass of prune juice gave relief in shortest possible time, very smooth and easy experience with bowel movement as never before in last 10 days. Just want to share with all.

Posted by John (Baltimore, Maryland) on 09/21/2006

[YEA]  Ever since my wife and I were married she would drink a glass of prune juice 2 times per week. This resulted in not only a cleansing but an end to constipation after trying it myself. It is also good to drink a glass of water as well to wash it down.

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