Anyone who suffers from constipation has serious diet issues. The best foods to promote regularity and a healthy gastrointestinal tract are raw fresh vegetables and fruit. They contain fiber, and the digestion process of raw vegetables and fruits promotes healthy intestinal flora. Diets high in refined sugar encourage yeast to flourish in the whole body, including the colon. Yeast overgrowth can overrun the beneficial bacteria, causing digestive problems.
Lack of exercise and dehydration also lead to constipation.
To prevent constipation, eat a healthy diet rich in raw, fresh, organic fruits and vegetables. Exercise, stay well hydrated and consider doing an intestinal cleanse to heal and strengthen the entire gastrointestinal system.
Dr. Shillington offers the Intestinal Detox and the Intestinal Cleanse formulas for detoxifying the bowels, and we have the recipes for these formulas at the bottom, after the other home remedies below.
If you need to move your poop, there’s nothing more effective than Shillington’s Intestinal Cleanse formula. It also kills parasites, heals the intestinal tract, and is a healthy means to promote bowel movements for those who have trouble defecating. Shillington’s Intestinal detox, draws out old fecal matter from the walls of the intestine, while it removes poisons, toxins, heavy metals such as mercury and lead, and more. Due to the charcoal and clays in the Intestinal Detox, it actually slows things down a bit. The two also work very well together to heal the gut. For more on Shillington’s products, see below.
Immediate, Natural Relief for Constipation
There are many quick and easy natural remedies for constipation, from prunes and prune juice to enemas. Many of them are handed down from generation to generation. Epsom salts are a commonly known laxative when taken orally or when used as an enema. But even the directions on the package contain a warning if you have kidney disease or are on a magnesium-restricted diet. Though rare, there have been reports of death due to magnesium toxicity. And while Castor oil has been used for generations, there are also concerns about ricin poisoning. Two tablespoons of honey will often relieve constipation, but honey, even with its antimicrobial properties may not be the best choice for people with an abundance of Candida.
More Constipation Home Remedies
There are plenty of other home remedies, but if you suffer from chronic constipation due to an injury, surgery, or a medication, chances are you’ll need more than the typical home remedies. We recommend Dr. Shillington’s intestinal cleanse for cases like aforementioned. For anyone who is constipated due to built-up fecal matter, we recommend both the previously mentioned cleanse and Dr. Shillington’s intestinal detox.
Often called “Nature’s Remedy,” dried plums contain sorbitol, a natural laxative. Dried plums have both insoluble and soluble fiber.
Pure olive oil can also help relieve constipation. It’s not surprising really when you consider how it works; the oil makes things very smooth and slippery, plus olive oil also stimulates your digestive system which can help get things moving. Try a tablespoon and increase if needed until you’ve achieved the desired effect. It works best on an empty stomach. You can mix it with a little bit of lemon juice if you like to lighten the flavor (lemon juice also acts as a natural aid for constipation.)
Flaxseed Oil, Coconut Oil
Just like olive oil, but with flax or coconut oil.
Blackstrap molasses a (don’t get it confused with regular molasses) contains significant amounts of vitamins and minerals, including magnesium, a natural laxative. Some say to start with a teaspoon, others recommend a tablespoon.
Coffee can have a laxative effect on the body, but we won’t get into it here because we’re not fans of coffee from a health standpoint.
You can probably figure out why squats can be so helpful, but exercise, in general, is one of the best ways to eliminate chronic constipation and squats help organs detoxify and function better.
It’s best to use pure aloe vera gel straight from the plant. Start with about 2 tablespoons. If you don’t have an aloe plant, try store bought aloe gel or aloe juice.
It’s is so incredibly versatile. Baking soda works for constipation, indigestion, and other tummy issues because it is a bicarbonate. Baking soda will encourage air to come out of you one way or another, which will relieve pain from pressure., but may cause some in the meantime. Try a tablespoon in warm water.
Epsom salt is an effective home remedy for constipation because the salt draws water from its surroundings, softening up stool, and Epson salt contains magnesium. Try two tablespoons mixed with water or prune juice.
Dandelions make it a gentle laxative as well as an effective detoxifier. A cup of dandelion tea can be made with dried dandelion leaves, or you can eat the leaves fresh with a salad. Bacteria is necessary
Unhealthy, imbalanced gut flora can cause constipation, leaving the undigested fecal matter in the intestinal tract to feed the bad guys. If constipation is caused by Candida or other nasty flora than probiotics can get things moving and keep things moving quickly. Typical store-bought yogurts and fermented foods are not the best probiotics because the bacteria gets killed in the stomach acid. Get probiotics that are designed to pass through stomach acid.
As mentioned above, Shillington’s Intestinal Detox and Intestinal Cleanse may be what you need. Shillington’s intestinal cleanse restores the colon to optimal health by stimulating the peristaltic action and strengthening the muscles of the large intestine. It also halts putrefaction, disinfects, soothes, and heals the mucous membrane lining of the entire digestive tract. The result is improved digestion, relief of gas and cramps, increased flow of bile (which, in turn, cleans the gallbladder, bile ducts, and liver), and it kills Candida, all while promoting healthy intestinal flora. It even destroys and expels intestinal parasites and increases gastrointestinal circulation. For minor constipation, a few intestinal cleanse capsules can help relieve and evacuate the bowel within a few hours. If you want to make your own, the recipes can be found here:Menu
Poor diet and poor colon health cause constipation. Overuse of laxatives causes weak bowels and chronic constipation. Bowel movements should be effortless and fast. If constipation still occurs after eating healthy for some time, a colon cleanse is in order. For that matter, everyone benefits from a yearly colon detoxification. For anyone who has central nervous damage, or hypothyroidism, or is on medications that prohibit regular movements, or for any reason fecal elimination is a problem, the combination of Shillington’s Intestinal Detox and Shillington’s Intestinal Cleanse will get things moving. See Gluten Candida Leaky Gut Syndrome and Autoimmune Diseases for more on gut health, and if hypothyroidism is the problem, check out Understand Hypothyroidism Prevention and Natural Remedies.