Tuesday, 13 December 2011

Battling Constipation : Natural Home Remedies & Colon Cleanse

A few months back, we posted about constipation- Battling Constipation: Knowing about it.  The focus is more on what constipation is, what are its symptoms, and what are causing it.  This is basically for us, specially me, to understand what I am going through.  After that, I made it a mission to research on how to alleviate my constipation, if not to treat it.  Of course I understand that constipation is not a disease but a symptom and the only way to completely treat it is to treat the illness/es that is/are causing it.  At this point what I can only make of and be satisfied with is relieving my constipation and at the same time to try to regulate my bowel movements.


A month ago, my constipation worsened.  That prompted me (with the prodding of my husband) to seek medical help and consulted with a specialist, a gastroenterologist.  I went through several tests and I am glad that my kidney, liver, gall bladder are healthy, and that I have no thyroid problem.  I will still undergo several expensive tests to see what’s the underlying problem that is causing my constipation and the pain in my abdomen.


Colon Cleansing
As I was searching on this topic – constipation, I came across colon cleansing which lead me one thing to another to kidney, liver, gallbladder detox that’s the reason behind how I came about my detox program which was posted several months ago   (see - My Three Day Detox Program & My Way of Losing Weight )


Colon cleanse or any kind of cleansing is not accepted medically and this is only performed and accepted by those embracing alternative medicine.  Well for me, I believe that our body is capable and equipped of self-cleansing, as each cells, tissues, and organs in the body has their own functions.  But what if one or two of those cells, tissues, organs responsible for eradicating wastes and toxins in the body are not functioning well?  Of course we have to seek medical attention to check the cause of the irregularities and treat them, however, it will also be great if we help our body, our organs, tissues, and cells by supplementing them with necessary nutrients and minerals and help that will aid them, fuel them to function well.


There are invasive procedures available to treat or relieve constipation.  Treatments usually depends on the cause of the constipation.  If there is an underlying disease/medical condition, then the underlying disease/condition will be treated thus alleviating constipation.


Colonic Dysmotility & Constipation


I came across this topic on colonic dysmotility which got my attention and interest.  One of those causes of chronic constipation is found to be a colonic motility problem. Colonic dysmotility is the diagnostic term for severe constipation caused by dysfunctional nerves or muscles, that is, nerves or muscles which don’t work the way they should. Most patients with colonic dysmotility have delayed colonic transit, meaning it takes longer for material to pass through the colon.  Treatments for this in some cases of colonic dysmotility, physicians may suggest laxatives and/or suppositories and/or enemas.  If you want to know more about laxative, suppositories, and enemas and other medical treatments for constipation, please refer to our previous article -    Battling Constipation: Treatments


Homemade Colon Cleanse- Natural Way to Relieve and Treat Cconstipation


What we mean by colon cleanse is not doing any aggressive nor radical methods / treatments to void the colon.   It is geared more to a more natural and long term approach. I don’t want to be relying on laxatives, suppositories, medicines, and I don’t want to do enemas or any colon irrigation methods just to treat my constipation.  Nor do I want to undergo surgery. NO, I don’t want any of those, for short term, maybe, I might consider.  I want  the natural approach of relieving my constipation and defecating with ease regularly.  This is through taking the right nutrients and eating the right food.  It may seem to be a long process but It’s worth it.


In this article, we will be presenting a few remedies you can do at home to help yourself.  These remedies are only some of the natural ways of relieving constipation and cleansing the colon.  You can do this at the comfort of your own houses using things that are mostly found in your kitchen, your backyard, and can be bought from your favorite supermarkets and stores.  Most of these were already tried by us and found them to be effective. We would like to remind you, however, that these information are for archival and educational purposes only.  Kindly consult your doctor or any medical expert before doing any of the listed home-remedies below.  Readers discretion is advised.


1. Prune Juice: drink 250 ml once or twice daily will definitely relieve constipation.  Be careful however, since it will cause watery and loose bowel movement.


 - Other fruits such as orange, lemon, and other fruits from this list can be added to it to increase its efficacy. Prune juice and apple : Anti-constipation Smoothie


 - Prune Juice – 6 to 8 oz (heat in a microwave for 45 sec) then add 1 tbsp of real butter then heat for another 25 sec.  Stir and drink


 - Prune juice (1 cup) +  30 cc of Milk of Magnesia


2. Lemon juice.  Lemon juice (juice from 1 lemon plus water) drunk every morning on an empty stomach helps regulate daily bowel movement and it also jump starts proper functioning of the liver and the digestive system.  I do this every now and then.


 - You can also try combining lemon juice and olive oil  (see Lemon Juice – Olive Oil Tonic ) and lemon juice and apple cider vinegar (see  Lemon & Apple Cider Vinegar Tonic) these are truly helpful for me.


3. Orange is beneficial in the treatment of constipation.  Some articles advise to take one or two oranges at bedtime and again on rising in the morning as this method is believed to be an effective way of stimulating the bowels.


- I also sometimes drink orange smoothie every morning upon rising and on an empty stomach.  I read that taking this continuously for 8-10 days will help relieve constipation and regulate bowel movement.  The general stimulating influence of the orange juice excites peristaltic activity and helps prevent the accumulation of food residue in the colon.


-  Based on my experience orange with milk is a fast acting remedy I have already tried:  see my Anti-Constipation Drink : Milk and Orange


4. Apple, Apple Juice, and Apple Cider Vinegar :  The fiber found in apples specially on the skin adds bulk to the stool making it easier to pass not to mention that apple has a mild laxative effect and it has a natural ability to help in the digestion and elimination process of food.  So eat apple or drink apple juice every day:-)


When I was on my special diet and which includes drinking apple cider vinegar every morning upon rising, mixed with either lemon or orange or I take it as is, if not I eat 2 whole apples every morning, my bowel movement is regular, at least once, sometimes, twice a day.  And I feel so light and refreshed.  I have to do my special diet again ( see my special diet here : My Way of Losing Weight )
Check out my proven and effective recipes for constipation using apple : Apple Cider Vinegar TonicLemon & Apple Cider Vinegar Tonic  and My Anti-Constipation Smoothie


5. Psyllium husk is derived from the seeds of the Plantago ovata plant.  It is very rich in fiber, in fact 1 tbsp of psyllium husk provides 4 grams of fiber.  Psyllium husk has bulk-forming properties in the intestine since it is not absorbed into the body from the digestive track.  By adding mass and promoting stool formation, psyllium husk stimulates intestinal contractions and increases transit times. The bulk-forming properties of psyllium husk make it also effective in the treatment of diarrhea


- Psyllium husk is always part of my daily diet specially when I don’t eat enough vegetables and fruit.  It really helps and also it’s a cheap source of fiber.  I just add this to my water.  If you are taking vitamins or medicines, take psyllium husk at least 2 hours before or after you took your vitamins or medicines as it may hinder the absorption of these medicines and vitamins.


6. Pineapple and Pineapple juice with the pulp.  Pineapple is rich in fiber – there is around 2.2 grams of fiber in 155 grams of pineapple fruit. Fiber as you have come to know already adds bulk to the stool and thereby stimulates contraction in the intestines.  Also, pineapple juice acts as a mild laxative.


- When I was in thePhilippines, I always drink 1 L ofdelmonte pineapple juice, the pulpy unsweetened one, everyday.  This helps me regulate my bowel movement.


7. Pears are also beneficial in the treatment of constipation even those with chronic constipation.    Pears are very rich in fiber in fact, 1 medium size of pear contains around 5 grams of dietary fiber.  Eating this on a regular basis will be helpful.


- pear is one of my favorite fruits as it is naturally sweet.  I often make smoothie out of it (see Pear Smoo-tea )


8. Spinach also helps in food digestion and elimination. Spinach is rich in fiber (100 g. contains 2.6 grams of fiber) and other vitamins and minerals that helps in  the cleansing, reconstruction, and regeneration of the intestinal tract.


- 100 ml  of raw spinach juice mixed with an equal quantity of water and taken twice daily for a few days will help cure constipation.


9. Coffee – The bitter-tasting constituents in coffee, and almost all bitter-tasting foods, stimulate the digestive tract.  Thus it can be very helpful as a remedy for constipation. The stimulant in the coffee can stimulate your digestive tract to start working.


- This works for me sometimes but only if I have eaten something along with it.  It might work with you though.


10. Folic Acid – Take folic acid supplement. A deficiency in folic acid can lead to constipation.
11. Molasses and honey.  These two are mild laxative.


- add honey in your drinks instead of sugar.


- molasses,  I tried using 3 tbsp of dark brown sugar and mixed it with warm milk, after 4 hours I pooped


I use these occasionally because they are high in calories and sugar


12. Cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, bok choy, and other cruciferous vegetables are high in fiber.  That’s why I prefer eating them over other vegetables.



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