Constipation afflicts some 4 million Americans, and accounts for millions in over-the-counter laxative sales. However, long-term laxative use actually results in decreased bowel function, as well as dependency on these medications, according to the Mayo Clinic. Some natural solutions:
Homeopathy targets the mind and emotions, addressing the stress or anxiety that may be underlying the problem. Common recommendations, depending on individual symptoms, include Nux vomica, Arsenicum album, Silicea, and Aurum metallicum, and are often included in formulas.
Try: KING BIO Constipation Relief. This liquid homeopathic formula works quickly for irregularity. Just spray directly into mouth when needed, up to 6 times per day.
Fiber, both soluble and insoluble, is necessary for healthy digestion. It is essential to help move material through the colon. Most Americans don’t get the recommended 35 gm per day.
Try: GARDEN OF LIFE RAW Fiber supports bowel regularity and elimination of toxins, with probiotics for added digestive support. One scoop provides 9 gm of both soluble and insoluble fiber and can be mixed with any food or beverage.
Magnesium has an osmotic effect in the intestines, meaning that it pulls water into the small intestines. Scientists demonstrated that this in turn stimulates muscular movement in the intestines and bowel elimination.The findings were published in Magnesium Research.
Try:LANE LABS H2Go uses magnesium to draw water into the colon naturally and provide overnight relief of constipation. Take 2 mini tabs per day.
True or False?
If you swallow gum, it can “get stuck” in your intestines.
True and false. Swallowing several pieces of chewing gum can potentially cause a blockage. However, swallowing a single piece of gum is usually not harmful, and will pass through your digestive tract and be safely eliminated.
Coffee keeps you regular.
False It’s true that drinking a cup of coffee can stimulate your bowels. But it is not recommended for constipation because it is also a diuretic and draws water from the bowels, making elimination more difficult. Ditto for other caffeinated drinks and alcohol.
“Holding It” is okay.
False When nature calls, answer it. Ignoring your body’s signals can make them weaker over time, making constipation more likely.
Stress can cause irregularity.
True. Reducing stress can help relax bowel muscles. Try yoga, soothing music, or meditation.