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How to beat constipation without the use of medicine?

Asked by ItalianPrincess1217 (10534points) November 19th, 2009 from iPhone

Kind of an embarassing question, I know. I have always thought coffee usually makes you have to “go” but it seems that ever since I started drinking it every morning, it’s done the opposite. Maybe it’s something else completely? I haven’t been eating any differently, although I do tend to eat a lot of crap (no pun intended). Could that be the issue? What’s a natural way to take care of this problem? I just want to have a regularly scheduled poop! Is that so much to ask for?

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proXXi's avatar

Water, mineral oil, Epsom salts.

Simone_De_Beauvoir's avatar

Drink a spoon of mineral oil every evening, a spoon of olive oil every morning, increase intake of water and fiber, take a hot yoga class and drink more natural fruit juices

ItalianPrincess1217's avatar

That’s what I don’t understand, I drink lots of water and fruit juices…

sebastian_von_tulu's avatar

Same thing happened to me when I started drinking coffee a lot.

I just went to the chemist though and now eat lots of fibre.

hearkat's avatar

Caffeine is a diurectic… it draws fluids out of your body, and dehydration contributes to constipation. For every caffeinated and/or alcoholic beverage you consume, it is good to compensate by drinking an equal amount of water… in addition to the 64 ounces the average adult is recommended to consume.

Yogurt is great for regulating the digestive tract, in addition to a high-fiber diet. My preference is Stonyfield Farms. Dietary fat also helps lubricate the digestive tract, so if you are on a particularly low-fat diet, try adding some healthy fats. Avacado have good fat and fiber.

If you are desperate at this moment… go to McDonald’s for lunch… works every time.

Simone_De_Beauvoir's avatar

@ItalianPrincess1217 then your body needs something more…try the oils…that should work

hug_of_war's avatar

Personally I found when I get sick I get constipated since my body needs fluids than normal but I usually don’t increase my fluid intake, so have you had a cold or anything?

LC_Beta's avatar

Eat plenty of fresh fruit, raspberries and blackberries are two of the best.

ItalianPrincess1217's avatar

@hearkat I never thought of it that way. It must have slipped my mind that coffee dehydrates. It’s starting to make sense now! Thanks for that helpful info.

janbb's avatar

Lots of fruit and salad do it for me.

shilolo's avatar

Not to water down Hearkat’s theory or anything (sorry hearkat ;-) but the notion that caffeine is a potent diuretic appears to be a myth.

Natural solutions:
1. Lots and lots of water
2. More water
3. Exercise (the bouncing, moving kind such as running, walking, ball sports, etc.)
4. Generous fiber intake
5. More water
Have I stressed water intake enough?

Buttonstc's avatar

The best natural product can be found in most health food stores.

Psyllium Seed Husks.

Start with a teaspoon or two stirred into orange juice and gradually increase as needed. The reason you want to increase gradually is so your body can adjust.

If you don’t get any gassiness, increase as needed. This very gentle and natural. It basically increases bulk and the fiber absorbs water. It doesn’t sound that tasty, but it basically does not have any flavor at all. It dissolves best in OJ but it also helps if you increase your fluid intake during the day.

BraveWarrior's avatar

You can add prunes and/or prune juice to breakfast.
Increase foods that are high in fiber (whole grains & beans).
Avoid eating constipating foods such as white rice & white potatoes.
You said you drink lots of water & fruit juices – make sure you’re drinking at least eight 8-oz glasses of water a day. And try to eat fruit with skins rather than juice as much as possible.
When you first feel the urge “to go” try to go as soon as possible (rather than holding it in).
You might want to try occasional colon cleansing.

figbash's avatar

A) Oatmeal and dried fruit in the morning
B) Any baked good with flax seed in the morning
C) Try probiotic yogurt to regulate your body
D) Try to avoid cheese

If these things don’t work then simply start adding a fiber supplement like Citrucel or Miralax to your day – drinking it in the morning before you start running around should make a big difference.

Siren's avatar

More fibre dear, and lots of exercise. That should jiggle the intestines to activate!

drdoombot's avatar

No need to do anything drastic. Eat more fiber; oatmeal every morning and several servings of fruit a day will go a long way in helping your bowel movements along. And plenty of water to lubricate your inner workings.

deni's avatar

There’s this tea you can buy at most grocery stores—It’s called “Smooth Moves”, it’s an herbal tea. Drink it before you go to bed and when you wake up you’ll have to go. It’s nothing extreme but it does get things moving. I’ve used it and the only negatives are that I got some mild cramps. But it worked, so I can look past them. I would recommend it!

mattbrowne's avatar

Lots of Sauerkraut.

ItalianPrincess1217's avatar

@hearkat The mcdonalds trick works everytime.

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