I know that if you are reading this now, then you are suffering from constipation, and are looking for ways to get rid of your constipation quickly and easily. First, I want to let you know that you aren’t alone. Constipation is one of the most widespread medical conditions in the western world.
There are an estimated 30% of individuals living with constipation. Though, this approximation may be on the low side, as many of those that suffer from constipation are too embarrassed to discuss it.
The National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) has stated that more than 4 million Americans suffer from constipation, every year. That comes to around 2.5 million visits to the doctor and about $725 million spent on over-the-counter laxatives. Since constipation affects women more than men, women made most of those doctor visits and purchases.
These statistics are truly surprising, especially since these people live in some of the most advanced countries in the world, including US, UK and Australia. These individuals have access to the highest quality health care systems, and yet they still suffer high rates of chronic constipation.
The sad part is, no one talks about it. They are too embarrassed to admit they have constipation. So, they cannot take the steps to alleviate their suffering, until the condition develops into something more severe.
There are two primary reasons why people ignore their constipation:
The subject is embarrassing. A person’s bowel health is not a hot topic for conversation. Also, if you were raised like me, what happens in the bathroom stays in the bathroom. There was always a sense of shame and disgust if we talked about what went on behind closed doors. So, we learned to keep it to ourselves.
They do not acknowledge constipation as a problem. Many people have suffered from constipation for so long that they have forgotten what it is like to have normal bowel movements. These individuals believe that it is completely normal to go several days between bowel movements.
What is Constipation?
As the body digests the food we eat, nutrients and water absorbed through the body’s digestive process. The leftover solid waste becomes stool, usually referred to as poop or poo. Then, muscle contractions in the intestines push the stool through the colon, before exiting the body out of the rectum. Typically, stool should move easily and naturally through and out of the body.
Constipation happens when the muscles in the colon are sluggish. This causes irregular bowel movements that are often hard, dry, and difficult to pass. Constipation is one of the primary complaints of gastrointestinal discomfort. The majority of people will have “occasional constipation," at some time or another in the span of their lives. This is most common when travelling, and affects women more often than men.
Types of Constipation
When we are constipated, we are usually experiencing one of the two different types, organic or functional, of constipation.
Organic constipation happens when the body undergoes some sort of physical change, like an obstruction or deformation in the colon.
This form of constipation requires your doctor’s immediate attention. For that reason, this page does not address this type of constipation.
Functional constipation occurs when we are:
Not eating a well-balanced diet
Not drinking the right fluids in appropriate quantities
Experiencing continual high stress
Choosing to live an improper lifestyle for our body’s well-being
All of these will inhibit movement of our food waste through the digestive tract.
In today’s society, it is accepted, and even sometimes encouraged, to eat highly processed foods and lead an inactive lifestyle. This can result in our bodies having serious dietary imbalances, and lead to chronic gastrointestinal health conditions like constipation.
With functional constipation, we are in control. We have the ability to change our lifestyle and can improve the way our body’s digestive system, and colon, handle the food we eat. Constipation does not occur simply because the colon holds onto fecal material. It is also a result of how the body digests food.
Are You Experiencing Constipation?
You will know if you are constipated. But, just in case you are not sure here are some symptoms of constipation.
Fewer than three bowel movements each week
Hard, dry and lumpy stools
Bowel Movements are difficult to pass
Excessive straining while trying to go to the bathroom
Feeling that your bowels are not completely empty, even after going to the bathroom
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, then you may have constipation. Other symptoms of constipation include excessive gas, abdominal bloating, cramping, nausea, lethargy, and depression.
What Causes Constipation?
The majority of cases of functional constipation are caused by eating large amounts of highly processed foods. These foods have little nutritional value or fiber, and contain many harmful additives. This can cause the colon wall to weaken, and fecal matter is unable to be pushed out of the body.
When you eat food with very little fiber, the undigested food waste becomes mushy, or compacted and hard. Both mushy and hard fecal material are difficult to move through your colon.
Your body will eventually tire after persistent peristaltic movements that don’t move the waste through the digestive tract. In time, the body will shut down the muscle contractions in the colon walls and this results in constipation.
Many factors can lead to constipation. Sometimes you can manage constipation by simply eliminating the contributing factor(s). Other times, it can be more of a challenge. Constipation is a complex condition that can develop from a variety of things, and as with many other illnesses, it comes from:
Consuming, and therefore absorbing, an excessive amount of toxins in the body
Depression and stress
Suffering from colitis, or a spastic colon
A side effect of diabetes
Diverticulosis or tumors of the rectum or anus
Drinking caffeinated beverages like coffee, tea, and sodas
For certain people consuming milk
Eating too much protein
Ingesting refined sugars
Consuming too much food in one sitting
Excessive contact with organophosphate insecticides
Excessive usage of iron supplements
Over use of enemas
Excessive use of certain seasonings
Excess amounts of calcium in the body
Sensitivity to specific foods
Elevated body temperature – A high fever can cause the colon to accumulate warmth and harden stools
A side effect from hypothyroidism – Reduced levels of your thyroid hormones
Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
Not enough good bacteria in your gut
Insufficient amounts of essential minerals
Nerve damage in your digestive tract
Not thoroughly chewing food
Inadequate fluid intake
Leading a sedentary lifestyle and not exercising
Abuse of laxatives
Taking too much Vitamin D
Delaying a bowel movement, “Holding it"
Spinal injury – Certain injuries can harm the nerves that control bowel moments
Hepatotoxicity – Toxic liver
Use of certain prescription drugs
Other various diseases
Constipation is a Serious Condition
Constipation makes you feel lethargic and uncomfortable, and it is hazardous to your health. If you do not have regular bowel movements, then in time constipation can lead to severe health conditions.
When you are constipated, your body is failing to eliminate food waste, toxins, dead cells, and harmful germs. All of these waste products can be dangerous to your body, especially when your internal structures are exposed to decaying fecal material for extended periods of time. So, in order to survive, they must be gotten rid of.
What potential health conditions can come from long-term constipation?
A Prolapsed rectum
Anal tears and fissures
Another major concern with chronic constipation is that toxins are travelling throughout your body. This is known as autointoxication. Over long periods, this can lead to illness and permanent organ damage.
Once the colon begins sending toxins into the bloodstream, every cell, joint and organs are affected. So, how can you tell if you are experiencing autointoxication? Here is a list of common symptoms:
Intolerance or allergies to specific foods
Malodorous breath, gas, and stools
Getting sick often, with recurrent infections, colds, nasal congestion, and viruses
Frequent intestinal upset and gas
Repeated headaches that have no apparent cause
Migrating pains, pains that travel through your body, from your back to your hip to your arms, etc.
Fatty foods cause diarrhea or nausea
Feeling exhausted all the time, lacking energy, even after a full night’s sleep
Lower back pain
Liver or gall bladder pain
Increased incidence of skin problems, like acne, rashes, and boils
In women: Premenstrual syndrome (PMS) accompanied by breast soreness and vaginal infections
These symptoms are huge indicators of autointoxication. When your body is poisoning itself, you may also feel irritable, weak, and depressed. This type of self-poisoning can make you age dramatically, cause you to have a bloated, distended abdomen, and even affect your sex drive.
Therefore, when you are experiencing constipation, it is extremely important that you treat it right away. Then, you can add lots of happy, healthy years to your life.
Since the majority of doctors don’t think constipation is a serious problem, they also don’t believe that it can lead to autointoxication. Most doctors will wait until your health declines or you develop a disease before they perform tests to see the root cause of your issue. At this point, it can be difficult to connect the newly developed disease to the toxic colon.
As the doctor doesn’t diagnose the toxic colon, he/she prescribes surgery or drugs to correct the condition, and the toxic colon remains. This just perpetuates the illness and creates a vicious cycle of more drugs and surgeries, because the toxic colon is still damaging the body’s blood, cells, and organs.
Don’t wait until a disease develops so the doctor can see that you are sick. Take charge of your health. Take actions now to prevent chronic constipation. If you work to eliminate constipation, and protect colon health, then you are taking a big step in stopping the development of serious conditions that may shorten your life, and make the later years in life miserable.
How to Get Rid of Your Constipation, and the Gas, Bloating, and
the “Blah” Feeling… Fast!
There is a wealth of information about constipation on the internet, and the majority of it contradicts itself. When one website says this is the cure for constipation, the next site down the list tells you something completely different.
So how can you tell which one is right? Well, to take care of some of the confusion, I have written down all of the information below that nutritionists, health practitioners, and I have found useful. This is to provide you with a comprehensive list of the most effective ways to get rid of constipation fast and easily.
A laxative is a medicine used to induce a bowel movement, and is usually taken when a person is constipated. Laxatives generally initiate and stimulate peristaltic action. This is a wave-like muscle movement that moves food through the digestive tract. Peristaltic movements occur throughout the body’s gastrointestinal tract, including the esophagus, stomach, intestines, and colon.
Please note that if you are tempted to take some over the counter laxatives from the drugstore, they may not be safe. This is mainly because of how these types of laxatives act on the intestines and colon. It is recommended by health professionals that OTC laxatives only be used for a short time since they,
Have adverse chemical side effects that can affect your health
Can overstimulate the nerves controlling the muscles in the colon walls, causing nerve damage
Desensitizes the colon to the body’s natural peristaltic action, and make them necessary to have a bowel movement
Can become habit-forming
Push food too rapidly through the digestive tract so it cannot digest or absorb nutrients properly
Kill good bacteria
Contain harmful additives including preservatives and artificial coloring
Remove electrolytes and excessive fluids from the body
There are a variety of laxatives, and they are dangerous when used for an extended period of time. No matter how the company markets them as “safe" or “gentle." This type of misleading advertisement fools chronic constipation sufferers into becoming dependent on these laxatives.
Five Types of Drugstore Laxatives
There are five different types of over the counter laxatives that you need to be aware of. In addition, some laxatives are a combination of the five types, to make a more effective constipation remedies. This combination makes the laxative more dangerous to your health.
Stool Softening Laxatives or Emollients – generally works in 1 to 4 days
Bulk Creating Laxatives – usually starts working in 1 to 3 days
Lubricant Laxatives – begins working in 5 to 9 hours
Stimulant Laxatives – typically works in 6 to 24 hours
Saline or Osmotic Chemical Laxatives – works quickly, in 1 to 3 hours
Make sure to only use over the counter laxatives for a short time, just the amount of time necessary to clear up your constipation. Then, you need to start looking for what is causing the constipation, so you can work to prevent it from occurring.
Health Tip: These laxatives work faster when taken on an empty stomach.
Emollients or Stool Softening Laxatives
In order to get oil and water to mix, we need an emollient. Emollients work to bring water in, and this is why it is such a good stool softener, and allows fecal matter to pass more easily.
Docusate salts, docusate sodium and docusate potassium, are emollient stool softeners. These products are not fast acting, and are best used in the prevention of constipation.
Health Alert: Emollient laxatives contain chemicals that can cause dangerous side effects. For instance, docusate sodium increases the toxicity of certain drugs if taken at the same time. Not to mention, they can have adverse effects to liver function.
Bulk Creating Laxatives
Bulking laxatives are the safest drugstore laxatives available, and can be used for longer periods of time than the other types of laxatives. This type over the counter laxative product contains ingredients with fiber-like properties, to help make fecal material larger and heavier. They also work by attracting and trapping water in the fiber structure.
This will stimulate the colon to have a bowel movement. Using these types of fiber containing laxatives is a natural way to promote colon action. Still, it is best to satisfy your fiber requirements from food, to get all of the nutrients your body needs.
Fibrous food and bulk creating laxatives should only be used for constipation mild cases. Remember to always take them with plenty of water. This will prevent the bulking material from expanding in your gut, and back up your colon.
Health Alert: Using excessive amounts of bulking products each day can actually cause constipation. In addition, bulk-producing laxatives can cause abdominal bloating and discomfort, especially in individuals with sensitivities to refined sugar.
Lubricant laxatives coat fecal material and the intestinal walls, letting the stool pass through the digestive tract more easily. Mineral oil and glycerin are the two most common forms of this type of laxative.
Typically, mineral oil is consumed orally, though sometimes can be administered as an enema. And, glycerin is generally in a suppository form, to be administered rectally. With particularly dry, hard, and compacted stools, glycerin suppositories are the best and quickest laxatives to lubricate, soften, and evacuate waste.
Health Alert: Take special care when consuming mineral oil, particularly elderly sufferers of constipation. If the oil is inhaled, aspirated, it can lead to pneumonia. Mineral oil coats the intestinal lining and inhibits the absorption of fat-soluble vitamins A, D, E and K. Also, glycerin suppositories can lead to electrolyte imbalances.
During pregnancy, it is extremely important to have good absorption of all nutrients to provide for the baby. So, pregnant women should not use mineral oil, or any other oils to get rid of constipation. Especially since overuse of mineral oil in pregnancy can contribute to bleeding in newborns.
Stimulant laxatives promote intestinal muscle movements, peristalsis, to encourage things to move through the gut. Stimulant laxatives are very strong, and should be avoided if at all possible.
Health Alert: Using these medications on occasion, usually will not cause any harm, but you can become dependent on stimulant laxatives. They can also permanently damage the muscles need for peristalsis, which makes constipation worse. Remember, if you decide to use stimulant laxatives, only do so rarely and cautiously.
Saline or Osmotic Laxatives
Water is naturally drawn to salt. Saline laxatives use this property to rapidly draw water into the digestive tract and induce a bowel movement. These ions, poorly absorbed salts, generally start working in as little as 30 minutes, but it can take as long as a few hours to generate the urge to evacuate. Osmotic laxatives use the same principles.
Certain saline and osmotic laxatives contain lactulose (Cephulac), polyethylene glycol (MiraLax), magnesium hydroxide (Milk of Magnesia), magnesium citrate, and sorbitol.These happen to be some of the fastest acting laxatives available on the market, but they can produce electrolyte imbalances from dehydration.
Health Alert: A high dose of these types of laxatives can be toxic to the kidneys. If your kidneys are weak or compromised, avoid this kind of laxative.
Herbal or natural laxatives have the same purpose as over the counter laxative, they work to induce bowel movements, and alleviate constipation. They eliminate food waste and excess toxins from the colon and colon walls. Herbal laxatives come in mild, moderate, and strong varieties.
Strong Herbal Laxatives
Strong laxatives can also be known as purgatives or cathartics. They are typically only used when constipation is severe. Some strong herbs are Buckthorn, Aloe, Senna, and Cascara Sagrada. They stimulate or irritate the nerves in the colon wall, which induces peristaltic movement.
Health Alert:: Use extreme caution with strong laxatives, as they can irritate the body’s colon walls and cause considerable pain. As with over the counter laxative medications, repeated use of strong herbs can produce a lazy colon, and become necessary to experience a bowel movement. Some of these herbs are used in drugstore laxatives.
Mild and Moderate Herbal Laxatives
The most effective natural laxatives promote digestive secretions to initiate a bowel movement. Some herbs that work as moderate laxatives are Yellow Dock, licorice, Wahoo, Balmony, Dandelion Root, Barberry, pysillium and flax seeds.
Certain combinations of mild, moderate, and strong herbs provide laxative benefits, while reducing the more dangerous effects of individual herbs. In addition, when herbs are combined, then you can get rid of constipation faster, as well as nourish and tone colon walls.
Therefore, try to look for herbal mixtures including these herbs:
Black Seeds are high in fiber, and are commonly used to support a healthy digestive tract. This herb works well in herbal mixtures to eliminate toxins in the digestive system while regulating bowel movements.
Olive leaf extracts are used to soothe the stomach and intestines. The active ingredient oleuropein helps to encourage regular bowel movements and eliminate toxins from the body.
Flax Seeds have laxative properties, and are appropriate for treating mild to moderate constipation. The use of flax seeds to treat constipation has been around for years, dating all the way back to the ancient Egyptians.
These seeds have a pleasant nutty flavor, as well as containing high amounts of fiber and omega-3 fatty acids. Not to mention, a few scientific studies suggest that flax seeds can decrease inflammation, lower cholesterol, and reduce blood sugar levels.
Cascara Sagrada is derived from buckthorn tree bark. It works by producing intense contractions of the colon. Cascara can be used to treat even the worst instances of constipation. This herb has strong laxative properties, and is often mixed with other herbs when treating constipation.
Cascara Sagrada contains Chrysophanic acid and emodin, which work together to generate a laxative effect by stimulating peristaltic action. When mixed with other herbs, Cascara can detoxify the colon, tone colon walls, cleanse the blood, and cause other beneficial actions.
If you are taking cascara in an herbal mixture, then be sure to give your body a rest after thirty days. This is because using large amounts of Cascara for long periods of time can become habit-forming, and lead to intestinal distress.
Certified Organic Cloves
Certified organic cloves work by removing unwanted organisms in the digestive tract, regulating smooth muscles and breaking up bowel obstructions. Also, this herb helps to improve bowel function, by cleansing the gut.
Senna contains hydroxyanthracene glycoside compounds, or sennosides. These sennosides encourage smooth muscle contractions in the colon, and use their laxative effect to aid in bowel regulation.
Senna also softens stool by stimulating fluid secretion in the colon, which eases waste passage out of the rectum.
Slippery Elm has digestive soothing and detoxifying properties. It works to calm the stomach, mucus membranes, and the intestines. This herb also helps protect the body’s tissues by coating them, and then removing toxins and irritants.
Slippery Elm stimulates nerves in the digestive tract, which causes an increase in mucus secretions. The mucus coats and restores the entire gut, healing any ulcers or sores. Slippery Elm is also high in soluble fiber, making it very effective in alleviating constipation.
Bentonite comes from volcanic ash that has turned into clay. This clay cleans toxins out of the colon. The high sodium content gives it the ability to bind hazardous particles and carry them out of the body.
When paired with a fibrous food, like fruits or vegetables, bentonite can clean out your colon and create a habitable environment for good bacteria, and reduces constipation.
Turkey Rhubarb is another powerful intestinal cleanser. This herb has been used for hundreds of years to reduce periodic bouts of constipation and to aid digestion.
It cleanses the intestinal lymphatic system and colon by removing congested mucous, excess waste, and rotting fecal material. Turkey Rhubarb has a strong laxative function. So, it needs to be blended with additional herbs to reduce its purgative power.
Aloe Vera is often considered to be a wonder herb. It has been used for thousands of years to treat external and internal conditions. It is commonly used on burns, skin rashes, ulcers, and internal bleeding.Aloe Vera can also be used to promote bowel movements and relieve constipation, while cleansing the colon so good bacteria can flourish.
Peppermint (Piperita menthe)
Mint has long been used for its medicinal properties, including by ancient Greeks, Egyptians and Romans. Peppermint is a stimulant that encourages bile production. Bile is a vital fluid that soothes the lining of the gut, and promotes healthy digestion.
Wormseed purifies the unwanted bacteria in the intestinal tract, without eradicating beneficial bacterial flora. In addition, it helps to regulate bowel movements, as well as reduce occasional bouts of constipation and diarrhea.
Thyme Oil Powder
Thyme oil has a soothing effect on the digestive tract, and is a powerful purifying agent.
Garlic has natural purifying abilities, and Garlic Extract promotes a healthy immune system. It encourages good bacterial flora in the intestines for optimal health.
Herbal or natural laxatives are less addictive than medications purchased from the drugstore. Herbal laxatives can effectively get rid of constipation, normalize bowel movements, and have fewer side effects. They also tone the colon, detoxify the gut, rejuvenate cell, and stimulate healthy muscle movements, even after extended use of drugstore laxatives.
It is safer to use natural laxative mixtures prepared by trusted companies, to reduce any potential hazards. A good herbal product to help with constipation issues is BOWTROL Cleanse.
Bowtrol is a pure, all natural herbal laxative combination. It is specifically formulated to contain high quality ingredients, including probiotics, fibers, and nutrients.
These ingredients work together to get rid of constipation quickly and safely. This product also ensures toxins are removed from the body, and replenishes good bacteria in the gastrointestinal tract for optimal colon health and function!
Suggested Use: Only take the minimum dose in the beginning, and work your way up to the dose needed to relieve the constipation. In most cases, the average dose is three capsules each day, and taken just before bed.
Both, herbal laxatives and drugstore laxatives, should only be used for short periods. Even Bowtrol Cleanse should just be used for the time it takes to get rid of your constipation. It is important to note that these laxatives can be used for no more than 3 to 4 weeks.
After your constipation is cured, then it is time to examine your lifestyle to find the source of the constipation. Then, you can implement changes to prevent the constipation from coming back. This will give you complete control over your constipation and your life.
How to Get Rid of Constipation Fast #3:
Ancient Egyptians have eaten flax seeds for thousands of years. They prized the health benefits of these seeds, as they contain high amounts of omega-3 fatty acids and lots of fiber.
Flaxseed oil contains no fiber. After processing the seeds, only the oil is left. However, the oil is very useful as an intestinal lubricant. Consuming this type of oil is different from taking mineral oil, as mineral oil depletes fat soluble vitamins A,D, E, and K. Flaxseed oil does not, so here is how this constipation remedy can help you to get rid of your constipation:
Taking large amounts of flaxseed oil quickly can cause you to have loose stools, or you may experience “anal leakage." It is best to experiment with the dose, to see how much you can manage. This also allows you to find the appropriate amount to have soft, easy bowel movements.
Why This Helps:
The colon’s job is to absorb water from fecal material, and send it back into the body. If the colon moves slowly, then the stool will be hard and dry. If the colon is moving rapidly, then the stool will be wet and loose. Ideally the colon should be moving at a moderate pace, so that stools are easy to move through the body, but don’t dehydrate the body.
When flaxseed oil is added to your diet, stools stay lubricated and pass through the colon more easily. In addition, the high omega-3 fatty acid content of flaxseed oil acts as an anti-inflammatory for the whole gastrointestinal tract.
EDITOR'S NOTE: This particular constipation remedy, ‘flaxseed oil,' comes from Dr. Karlo Mauro's book 37 Home Remedies For Constipation For Women.
Unlike all of the conflicting information found online, this book on constipation and bowel health is a reliable source. It comes from the real experiences of Dr. Mauro, a Naturopathic Doctor.
In his 13 years of experience, Dr. Karlo Mauro, out of his clinic in Tecumseh, Ontario, Canada, has helped patients and women worldwide, thousands who suffered from severe gas, bloating, and constipation.
So, if you are looking for another thirty-six, doctor recommended, home remedies for constipation, then you can download the full book 37 Constipation Home Remedies For Women
This site has a lot of information about bowel issues and how to get rid of constipation quickly and easily. I know that all of this information may seem a bit overwhelming, but if you take the first steps to change, then you could change your life forever.
You choose how to take back control over your digestive system, just pick which method of constipation relief you want to try first. I doesn’t matter if you choose the convenient Bowtrol Cleanse Supplement or one of Dr. Karlo Mauro's 37 Constipation Home Remedies for Women.
What is important is you are making the choice to change your lifestyle and get rid of your constipation. Action is the key. Doing nothing definitely will not solve the problem, or make you feel any better.
In order to cure constipation for good, your bowels need to work and move naturally. In other words, the body needs to work on its own and without the help of any kind of laxatives, herbal or drugstore.
The herbal combination laxative, Bowtrol Cleanse supplement, can kick start the colon and push stagnant, decaying fecal material out of the digestive tract. After a short period of time, about a week, you should have some relief from your constipation.
Then, when the colon is free of rotting stool, it is time to take a close look at what can prevent your constipation. Preventing constipation requires a change, often in how you eat, exercise, and think. This lifestyle change can be difficult, and requires willpower and determination.
Please don’t wait for an illness or a serious health complication to change your mind.
If the cause of your constipation is your lifestyle or dependence on drugstore laxatives, then change is the only solution to avoid further constipation. After you change your lifestyle, then you can expect regular bowel movements can come back in as few as 1-3 weeks.
Here are some general guidelines to help prevent constipation.
Drink lots of water
Eat fewer processed carbohydrates
Eat a nutritious balanced diet
Eat plenty of fiber
Consume good oils
Reduce stress at home, office, & business
Promote growth of good bacteria
Get plenty of rest and sleep
Keep your colon acidic
Take a supplement for essential minerals
Use digestive enzymes
Remember, don’t try to change everything at once. Make changes gradually, this will help ease you into a healthy constipation free lifestyle.
Make a difference, and take back our life. Don’t just take my word for it, try a constipation remedy to see if it works for you.
ACT NOW and I hope you can become constipation free forever!