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Chris asks…

Constipation? This is a lil embarassing?

This is embarassing, but here it goes.

It started last week, and it was painful more so than it has ever been before. I took something for it, it worked a lil bit, but today was just not a good day for it. It was just really really painful. Even after i took something for it, it was struggle, but I’ve been constipated before so i thought it would be back to normal maybe the next day.

Today was tough cuz i notice bleeding, and i know that can’t be good. However, I don’t know what kind of doc to go to. I still see my pediatrician, (i’m 21) when i need medical forms, and thats really the only time i go for a check up (i know), and i feel so embarassed walkin it, and telling them I have to see the doc cuz i can’t use the bathroom, and i don’t wanna make an appointment for a place i’m not familiar with, and have to wait two weeks. So i don’t know what to do. But i know i need to do something. I don’t know what my question is, i’m just curious to hear what every one or anyone has to say.

vti answers:

Well I don’t envy your situation, here are some natural remedies, but honestly if there is blood you should see your Doctor immediately!! According to my Harvard Medical Guide.

Natural Remedies for Constipation
1) Fiber
A diet low in fiber may play a role in constipation. Insoluble fiber, which passes through the body almost unchanged, gives stools bulk and a soft texture, making them easier to pass.

Foods that are high in insoluble fiber include whole grains, fruits, and vegetables. Try wheat bran, brown rice, or whole grain bread.

Soluble fiber dissolves in water and forms a gel-like substance in the intestines. Prunes and figs can be added to breakfast or eaten as a snack.

Another option is to sprinkle one teaspoon of ground flaxseeds over any meal. They can be found in packages at the health food store or some grocery stores. They have a mild, nutty taste.

Fiber supplements are also available, the most popular being psyllium husk supplements such as Metamucil.

Add fiber to your diet gradually to avoid bloating and gas. Also, be sure to drink enough water otherwise fiber can have the opposite effect and be constipating.
2) Fluids

Making sure you drink enough fluids such as water may help some people with constipation. Fluids make bowel movements softer and easier to pass.

Watch your consumption of alcoholic beverages and caffeinated beverages such as coffee and cola drinks, which can be dehydrating.
3) Stimulant Laxatives

Many herbal laxatives and “dieter’s teas” are called stimulant laxatives, or anthranoid laxatives. They include herbs such as:

* Cascara sagrada
* Rhubarb
* Aloe
* Senna
* Buckthorn

Some of these herbs, such as senna, are approved as over-the-counter treatments for constipation. Although they are meant to be short-term treatments, in reality, people can become dependent on them and use them for weeks, months, or even years at a time in order to have a daily bowel movement.

They should not be used for longer than a week unless under medical supervision. Prolonged use may cause the bowels to lose the ability to move on their own, and has been linked to chronic diarrhea, potassium depletion leading to muscle weakness and potentially dangerous irregular heart rhythms, and kidney or liver impairment.
4) Biofeedback

Biofeedback therapy may help people with constipation resulting from pelvic floor dysfunction, a condition in which the pelvic floor muscles do not function properly. It occur as a result of conditions such as obesity, an enlarged prostate, or after childbirth.

Biofeedback therapists teach how to better coordinate muscles used to defecate. Approximately 70% of people have improved symptoms after biofeedback training.

Although biofeedback has only been explored as a treatment for this type of constipation relatively recently, results are promising.

For example, one study compared biofeedback (one session a week for five weeks) to laxatives (polyethylene glycol 14.6 to 29.2 grams per day) plus education in people with chronic, severe pelvic floor dysfunction. All participants had previously tried fiber supplements plus enemas.or suppositories but hadn’t responded.

After six months, biofeedback sessions were more effective than tha laxative, with 43 of 54 (80%) of the biofeedback patients versus 12 of 55 (22%) laxative-treated patients reporting major improvements. Benefits appeared to last at least two years.
5) Probiotics

Probiotics, such as lactobacillus acidophilus, are live microbial organisms that are naturally present in the digestive tract. Some of the ways they are thought to promote health include suppressing the growth of potentially harmful bacteria, improving immune function, enhancing the protective barrier of the digestive tract, and helping to produce vitamin K.

There is some preliminary evidence that probiotic supplements may improve constipation. For example, one study looked at the effect of a probiotic beverage containing a strain of beneficial bacteria called Lactobacillus casei Shirota (65 milliliters a day) or a placebo in people with chronic constipation. The probiotic drink resulted in significant improvement in severity of constipation and stool consistency.

Another study examined the effectiveness of another strain of probiotics on constipation in children and found no effect. Eighty four children between two and 16 years of age with constipation took lactulose (a laxative) plus a probiotic supplement containing lactobacillus GG or lactulose alone. After 12 and 24 weeks, lactobacillus was not more effective than lactulose alone at treating constipation.
6) Acupressure
Acupressure is a traditional healing practice that involves the application of finger pressure to specific acupuncture points on the body.

A point that is often recommended by acupuncturists for constipation is Large Intestine 4. Although it hasn’t been studied for constipation, it is a simple home r

Maria asks…

Heath Question. Any good natural remedies for constipation?

vti answers:

Excellent question! Rice pudding,pudding,yogurt,applesauce,blueberries, watermelon are all very effective

James asks…

Looking for a natural home remedy for constipation?

vti answers:

Eat prunes or oranges and drink lots of liquid preferrably water.

Paul asks…

Healthy constipation remedy?

I take a lot of supplements (Vitamin A, D, C, Iron etc. ) and I am very constipated. Is there something I can take everyday to help me go? Id rather is not be a stimulant. Ive tried to incorporate more fiber in my diet but it doesn’t seem to work. How about Senna?

vti answers:

You need to make sure you are getting adequate water in your body each day before adding a bunch of fiber to your diet, or you will not get good results. Taking typical supplements you buy in stores will most likely damage your body more than they help because they are synthetic activators or if labeled “natural,” will contain low grade herbs and bad combinations and have to be fortified with the synthetics to maintain potency. Additionally, these pills contain lots of excipients and things that damage the body, like Magnesium Stearate, MSG in the form of many things labeled to disguise this garbage, talc that may or may not be on the label that is the release agent for the manufacturing of the pills that is carcinogenic, and many other items put in there to help the high speed equipment to make them more profit. These pills actually damage the DNA in most cases.

Here is the amount of water you need and it is important to include salt in the hydration process, especially when you have constipation problems:

The average person needs water at the following rate:

Take your total body weight and divide by 2. That number is the amount of water in ounces that you need to drink each and everyday. Along with that, you should consume 1/4 teaspoon of “air dried sea salt” in conjunction with each quart of water you drink. This puts the electrolytes in your body that will give you proper hydration. The typical white table salt you buy in stores like the Morton Salt, for instance, is terrible for you and has loads of chemicals added. Avoid that junk. If you drink ANY diuretic drinks like, sodas, coffee, tea, alcohol, commercially prepared fruit drinks, energy drinks, etc., these all dehydrate you and you will need to add more water to the total to compensate for the water loss due to these diuretic drinks. Take the total ounces of the diuretic drinks and multiply by 1.5 and add that total to the original total to come up with the proper amount of water you need to drink each day.

If you are not getting at least 5 hours of uninterrupted sleep each night and not getting adequate “good salt” in your diet, eat lots of sugar and lots of carbs and LOW FAT, your adrenal glands will be exhausted and not provide the energy to your colon to hold water in and you will get constipated.

To directly help the constipation, go to the health food store and purchase some psylum husks and put a tablespoon or two on some food or in a smoothie and eat that everyday, but make sure you are getting the water amount as listed above.

To cause an immediate flush of the intestines, don’t run to the drug store and buy a laxative, that is the last thing you want to do. Simply make a mixture of distilled water (about 1 pint) and add 2 tablespoons of air dried sea salt to that, stir it until the salt is dissolved, and drink it. You need to be ready to head for the great white telephone (toilet) within less than 20 minutes. If you are severely deficient in salt, you may have to do this a second time, but it will work.

The next thing is to fix your digestive system so you won’t be having these problems. If you are over 20 years old, you are producing less and less stomach acid each year. This is preventing food from being digested properly and the older you get, the worse it gets. If you are eating lots of processed foods (any food with a commercial label), you are not only contributing to the problem, but heading for heart disease.

Good luck to you

Mary asks…

Chronic constipation. NO fun. Please help!?

I suffer from chronic constipation. I have tried phillip’s colon health, and fiber one but they didn’t really help… I drink plenty of water so I know that’s not the problem… Can anybody recommend a medicinal remedy, or natural (would be preferred). Thanks in advance!

vti answers:

I was suffering from chronic constipation as well but all I did was change my diet around a bit and now I go everyday 🙂 What I did was drink luke warm honey water in the morning with breakfast everyday. Just pour some warm water and mix a teaspoon of honey into it, it tastes pretty good and it really starts speeding up your metabolism.

Also, eat up to 4 different vegetables everyday. You can eat carrots, cucumbers, etc. And eat at least 2 different fruits, try pears and oranges…they tend to help with constipation issues.

And that’s basically it! Try exercising for at least 45 minutes a day, an hour would be the best time though. Keep this up and you’ll see the results with in a week! It really works because it did for me and the best part is you don’t need any medication or any such thing.

And one more thing, don’t get stressed about your constipation issues as anxiety can cause constipation as well! Best of luck, hope I helped 🙂

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