Constipation
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Home Remedies for Constipation

Dietary Changes
Posted by Nat (Brooklyn, Ny) on 10/23/2009
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Eating cooked chickpeas support intestinal regularity. Soak the chickpeas overnight, rinse and cook for several hours. Afterward drain the water (without rinsing), place on a towel, and then add salt.


Dietary Changes
Posted by Anita (Il) on 04/17/2017

What would be the best time eat watermelon to help constipation if it works in an hour? First thing in the morning?


Water
Posted by Nat (Brooklyn, NY) on 07/21/2009
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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.

Dietary Changes
Posted by Eve (Tampa, Florida) on 06/22/2009
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I have had gastric bypass surgery and as a result when I eat things I am not supposed to, I often become constipated. Whenever this happens I grab a bag of baby spinach and make myself a salad. Within a few hours, I'm ready to get down to business!! I also stay 'regular' by drinking 2 tsp of ____ _____ in room temperature water every morning (on an empty stomach). This is the powder form of juiced barley grass but it does contain Maltodextrin.


Dietary Changes
Posted by Kwaku Sam (Accra, Ghana) on 03/29/2009
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1 or 2 glass(es) of red wine with food containing hot chillies will stop constipation.


Milk of Magnesia
Posted by Tina (Halifax, Nova Scotia) on 02/02/2009

milk of magnesia is the fastest way to get relief without awful cramps. if it's really bad follow the maximum dose directed.


Lemons
Posted by Angie (Astoria, NY) on 01/17/2009
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I was having problems having bowel movements. A friend recommended 2 tbsps of lemon juice in hot water on an empty stomach. It helped so much. I do this everyday and don't have problems anymore. I tried fiber supplements and became bloated with pain.


Lemons
Posted by Angie (Astoria, NY) on 01/17/2009
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I was having problems having bowel movements. A friend recommended 2 tbsps of lemon juice in hot water on an empty stomach. It helped so much. I do this everyday and don't have problems anymore. I tried fiber supplements and became bloated with pain.

Lemons
Posted by Lis11 (Richmond, Va) on 01/31/2012
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This works for me and I do it everyday.

Hot water, squeeze lemon/lime water into it, add about 1tb molasses or less, olive oil, 3-4 prunes. Mix and let it stand for 5 mins so the prunes can absorb some water. This works like a charm every single time. Sometimes I run out of lemons or I forget to add olive oil.. It's okay if you do. Exact measurements are not important. It still works!! I will also occasionally add other things to my tonic.. Like a small pinch of turmeric/ cinnamon etc.. you can experiment with what works for you.

Additional note: mind over matter.. Be kind to yourself. Take time to breath and relax. It really helps to be aware of your internal dialogue to see how you talk to yourself.

Peace, L


Oat Bran
Posted by Maribel (Miami, Florida) on 12/03/2008
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FOR CONSTIPATION:

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.


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


Acupressure
Posted by Lee (Durban, South Africa) on 03/12/2013

Hi! Could you please explain a bit more clearly where this acupressure point on the arm is?


Water
Posted by Marjorie K. (Las Vegas, NV, USA) on 11/22/2008
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I learned as a director of a health retreat that the ans to most constipation problems was very easy. Drink lots and lots of water and walk at least 2 to 3 times a day. Generally within 24 hours the constipation was over. Now continue drinking at least 6 8OZ glassed of water a day and walk or even have a gentle massage or reiki treatment.


Dietary Changes
Posted by Mujahid (Tobyhanna, Pennsylanvia) on 08/31/2008
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I stopped eating meat, and started eating cabbage everyday, yes gas is part of what is expected, but my bowel movement is now regulated, my system is cleansed, stool is no longer dark and there is no unbearable smell. my weight is going down. And most of all I feel better physically. I juice 8 oz twice a day. And eat 1/4 pound per day. Basil and Fennel and black pepper for flavor.


Molasses
Posted by Mike (Sheboygan, WI) on 07/08/2009

about the molasses, do you take it daily, and for how long? did you stop taking it eventually and stay regular? im going to buy some, would be most appreciated to know your experience now from then? if anyone else has an input, that would be great!


Erithrytol
Posted by Nat (Brooklyln, New York) on 07/10/2008

Erithrytol (a natural sugar substitute) for constipation:
Erithrytol (from both from Organic Zero company and Now company, one tablespoon can be taken from each type) , taken in coffee instead of sugar (it is less sweet so around one and a half to two tablespoons might be recommended) helps for constipation problems. If a person is taking magnesium citrate he will find that he needs less of the magnesium citrate.

In another entry I may have mentioned taking the magnesium citrate in the morning with warm water. I just learned that the great physician Maimonides* wrote that drinking lukewarm water is not healthy. He wrote this either in Galen's name or from his own studies. If one takes the magnesium in warm water, the water should be rather hot and not lukewarm. It might be better, in any case, for a person not to drink too much water in the morning, because if he gets filled up on water he may be unable to eat early enough. (It is not healthy to eat right after drinking water.) The Talmud writes that one should eat * "morning bread" for it helps the liver and thereby heals very many illnesses. This "morning bread" should be something light and not a full meal.

(*information acquired from The Life Transforming Diet -Based on Health and Psychological Principles of Maimonides and Other Classical Sources.)


Lemon Juice and Olive Oil
Posted by Fitnessgal (Fort Worth, Tx) on 09/03/2012
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So very thankful to have found this solution as I am 8 months pregnant and there are not a lot of things I can try for constipation. It had been over a week since I've been able to go with no avail. I took 1 tsp olive oil, 1 tsp lemon juice, & a pinch of salt. It took 5 hours and finally had a small movement. Then in another hour had another small movement. The next day I was able to go again. I'm so much more comfortable now! Will skip a day and then take the solution again at bedtime as another user suggested. Thanks for posting this!!!!!!!


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


Water
Posted by Renee (Bergen Co., Nj) on 01/06/2012
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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).


Water
Posted by Francisca (Zug, Switzerland) on 01/07/2012

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.


Bentonite Clay
Posted by Clare (Uk) on 06/30/2011

I've started taking B&P shakes and think its making me a little constipated. Not badly but as its drawing out toxins, I don't want anything stuck there, if you know what I mean!

Joyce, I'd be interested to know how much you took. Everyone, I'd be interested to know just how much you should take, there's so many different 'recipes' around.

Also, did the bentonite actually CURE yr constipation? I've read it can cause it, what can you take to best alievate it? I've read on here about other constipation cures and started ACV just now so hopefully by tomorrow.... :)


Dietary Changes
Posted by Wanda (East Bay, CA) on 05/16/2007
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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.

Dietary Changes
Posted by Nat (Brooklyn, NY) on 01/02/2007
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Comment on helping constipation.

Simmer one half cup of raisins, or a half cup mixture of raisins, figs, and prunes with water and olive oil for a few minutes.

Or, pour boiling water and olive oil to just cover the raisins, or the raisins, prunes and figs mixture.

Or soak over night with tap water and some olive oil. (Check the figs to see that they have no bugs on or in them.)

Then add some toasted wheat germ and toasted bran to this mixture. (Krechmer's (the company that makes toasted wheat germ also makes toasted bran. For some people it may, help more than raw bran.)

Add one, two or three tablespoons bran and one or two tablespoon wheat germ to the mixture.

Add some organic Wheatabix (a cereal from England). (The Wheatabix may help more than Fiber One or Uncle Sam's or Good Friends High fiber cereal. May be because it is organic.)

Then add a little bit hot milk and maybe some sucanet.

Eat this every morning. It may take some time to heal the system but after a few days or a week there should be improvement. One can simmer, at one time, olive oil and water with a whole box of raisins or the raisin/prune/fig combination and store it in the refrigerator, taking out a half cup of the mixture every day. (Till the body begins to normalize itself and for emergency usage one can use polyethelen glycol (golightely) by doctor's prescription.

It is not habit forming and will even help for a few days after its use is stopped, but if one uses it for more than two weeks it can cause electrolite imbalance. It can then bring about some hyperactivity, jumpiness or wakefulness. Nevertheless, until the body normalizes itself, it is less harmful than other laxatives. In an old Prevention magazine a reader once recommended, as a powerful remedy for constipation, drinking, twice a day, hot coffee with two tablespoons wheat germ and two tablespoons unprocessed (raw) bran in it. This can be taken first thing in the morning and then again in the afternoon. One can add some sucanet or xylitol sweetener, or molasses. Even a bit of milk to make it palatable is all right for most people. One can take the hot coffee drink and then the raisin/olive oil/hot water/bran/wheat germ/wheatabix mixture afterward as a morning cereal. Hot fiber liquids (example hot oily bean soup, hot pumpkin squash soup ( blend the soup with the seeds) and hot sweet drinks (not chocolate) are very helpful. Raw fruits and vegetables. Papaya has helped some people when other things did not. Avoid low fiber foods such as starchy bakery foods, rice, pasta. Avoid chocolates, and too much protein. It seems once that for a time a mixture of an eighth of a tsp each of carnitine powder, TMG powder and calcium pyruvate helped. At this time it may not be really helping as it was before. Chewing dry a tablespoon of toasted or raw bran. Follow a little while later with a hot drink


Olive Oil and Orange Juice
Posted by Allie (New Haven, Connecticut) on 08/01/2009
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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.


Olive Oil and Orange Juice
Posted by Idow (Miami, Fl) on 07/11/2012
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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!


Tea
Posted by Quicksilver (Florida) on 04/01/2021

Have been making /drinking-- heavily iced smoothies for over a year.

In Florida--it's hot here even in January!

Don't like "hot "drinks, but --- bet the smoothies are what makes me tired and arms tingle at times - sleepy in the daytime n grouchy too! Not an April fool's -joke!!.

Bet my veins are sludge --omg what an eyeopener --never thought too much cold could clog you up like that!!



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