What to do for Constipation – 12 Ideas to Try That Really Work!

This week a client visited because, as a long term sufferer, he was wondering what to do for constipation. After reading more about the health implications of this condition, he was determined to resolve it. Initially he came for allergy therapy – this is a great place to start, so that we can rule out any food intolerances – but it soon became apparent we needed to address this on an emotional level too.

Have you noticed how some people are great at moving through life’s ups and downs? What’s done is done and they move on. Other people, like our client, found it hard to ‘let things go’ – both metaphorically and literally! He was, in many ways, ‘holding onto the past’ , and he found it hard to express himself, after growing up in a military background where ‘real men’ didn’t express their feelings or ‘let things out’. He was trained to ‘hold it all together’.

You can see how our words can become our habits, right?!

After some hypnotherapy, NLP and learning some EFT, things, shall we say, are now moving in the right direction for our client!

At the Health and Wellness Grid, we treat everybody as an individual, but there are some common sense approaches to constipation that can help. Here are some ideas:

What to do for Constipation

There are many possible reasons for constipation, ranging from something simple like side-effects from iron supplements, antidepressants or antacids through to IBS, food sensitivities, pregnancy, depression / stress or physical trauma. If you have had medical testing done and nothing has shown up, then you can incorporate some of the following into your daily regime to help relieve your discomfort:

Move your body

Ensure you are getting plenty of exercise – a sluggish lifestyle can lead to a sluggish bowel. Pay attention to your posture too; if you sit or stand in positions where you may ‘trap’ or squash any part of your colon, (this often happens as a short term effect towards the end of pregnancy) then difficulties can arise.If stress is a contributory factor then yoga or tai chi can be helpful.

Take time to eat

Make sure you sit comfortably and upright when eating and chew well. Do not eat on the run – take time to enjoy and appreciate your food. You could sign up for a mindfulness class and learn to eat mindfully; you might be surprised what you learn!

Hydration

Ensure you are not dehydrated – aim to drink 1 1/2 – 2 litres of water a day, at least room temperature, preferably warmer.

drink enough water to ease constipation

 

Bach Flower Remedies

Try the Bach flower remedy of Crab Apple – place 2 drops of the remedy into 30ml spring water and take 4 drops of this mixture, 4 times daily – either straight into the mouth or dropped into a glass of water and sipped.

Eat this compote!

Make the following compote and eat a bowl daily with some live yogurt:

ingredients

  • 6 dried figs
  • 6 prunes
  • 2 eating apples
  • 1 large pear
  • 3 cloves
  • small stick or a pinch dried cinnamon
  • 10floz water

method

  • Soak the figs and prunes overnight in some water. Drain the next day
  • Wash, core and dice all the fruit and combine all the ingredients in a saucepan
  • Bring to the boil, cover and simmer for 40 minutes, until the mixture is thick and glossy.

Watch what you eat

A good intake of fibre is needed to help foods move through the digestive system. Reduce processed food, tea, coffee, sugar, red meat, dairy, refined foods and replace with fresh fruits and vegetables, nuts, seeds, pulses, fish and white lean meat.

 

ideas for easing constipation

 

Listen to your urges!

We’re busy people with hectic lifestyles and stopping to go to the toilet often gets resisted, especially when there are work deadlines or the children need our attention. But if you ignore signals for too long, your body can stop giving you the urge, so make time to ‘sit on the throne’ each day! It can help to raise your feet up off the floor, so that you’re in more of a squatting position.

Don’t be afraid of fat

Use beneficial fats in your diet – include cold-pressed Olive oil or sesame oil; pour this over steamed or stir-fried vegetables with a dash of lemon juice or use a product such as ‘Udo’s Choice’ Ultimate Oil Blend, available from health food stores.

Supplements

Take a daily probiotics supplement to re-establish healthy bacteria in the gut. Other supplements that can help are vitamin C and magnesium \(start with 1 gm vitamin C and 200 mg magnesium). Chronic constipation, caused by, or exacerbated by stress, often responds well to a B-complex supplement. You can add fermented foods such as sauerkraut to your diet too – like probiotics, these help re-establish beneficial gut flora.

 

take supplements to ease constipation

 

Use herbs

Incorporate the following herbs in your cooking to help with digestion: fennel, ginger, garlic, mint, cayenne, cinnamon.

Essential oils

Combine 1 drop of sweet fennel essential oil, 1 drop grapefruit essential oil, 1 drop sweet orange essential oil with 20ml carrier oil. Massage the abdomen with this blend twice daily in a clockwise direction.

Ditch raw foods

While raw foods can be really healthy for many people, they can cause problems for people with constipation. So consider eating all fruits and vegetables cooked for a while. If you eat salad for lunch, then replace with stir-fry. If you eat raw vegetables then consider steaming them and dressing with olive oil.

 

how to ease consiptation

2 Comments

  1. Connie Bacon on March 31, 2020 at 1:42 pm

    Do bananas cause conapation??

  2. Rachelle Strauss on October 16, 2020 at 11:20 am

    I’m so sorry I missed your comment, Connie. The key to remember with these things is that you are an individual. So what is true for one person, might not be true for another.

    If it were the case that all foods responded the same in all people, we’d all feel great eating the same foods, and there would be one ‘perfect diet’.

    Eggs is a great example. I can eat four in a day and feel good and healthy. If my husband eats just one egg it binds him up and causes bloating and constipation…

    So, bananas might cause constipation in some, but not others. This is probably not the answer you were hoping for, but it’s the truthful one. The best thing would be to have your foods tested. I use kinesiology to test for people’s food intolerances and there are other methods too. It might be worth contacting someone local to you.

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