5 Natural Remedies for Constipation
Recently at a local networking event for business women we were asked to go around the table and tell a funny story.
The first story that came to my mind involved poop.
Without going into the details, let’s just say it involved me being constipated at a friend’s cottage, a canoe excursion and an emergency bathroom stop mid lake (when you gotta go, you gotta go!).
I was the first one to have to share my story at the event and I didn’t have time to come up with a more “appropriate” experience.
That being said, it is totally fitting for a Health & Wellness Coach like me to talk about poop!
Because really, your bowel movements are a key component of your health and it should be your mission to have at least one bowel movement per day.
Below are my top 5 natural remedies for constipation.
You don’t need to do them all. Just choose what resonates for you (and let me know in the comments below which ones you’ll use!)
1. Massage your colon
When you wake up in the morning, sip on a glass of warm water with ½ lemon squeezed into it. Lay down and massage your colon clockwise (pretend you are looking down on the clock- your pubic bone is 12 on the clock and above your belly button is 9). This will be sure to get things moving.
2. Take a magnesium supplement
Start with 1 tsp in a cup of hot water and sip on it before bed. If you have loose stools, cut the dose in half. If you don't, you can slowly increase your dose up to 1tbsp.
3. Don’t drink with meals
Not even water! When you drink any kind of liquid with your meals, you are diluting the nutrients in your food. Instead, focus on chewing your food oh-so-thoroughly (just like your Mama told ya) and relax when you eat.
4. Eat fermented foods with every meal
Cultured vegetables are my top choice to include with your meals. Start with 1 tbsp, and increase as you see fit. These are your natural probiotics. These organisms are transient in nature, meaning they go into the body, do what they need to do, and then most get pooped out! So be sure to have some every day.
5. Smooth-Move tea
Disclaimer- you do not want to depend on this tea. In fact you should not take it more than a few days in a row.
But personally, it is great to use in short-term situations (personally when I travel I tend to get bound up) and this tea works perfectly.
Brew a cup before bed (second disclaimer, it tastes pretty nasty, but gosh is it ever effective) sip, relax, sleep and let the tea do it’s work!
5.5. Take Prescript-Assist Probiotic/Prebiotic
I don’t love recommending supplements, but this one is seemingly necessary. The only place you can buy it is online (unless you know a Health Practioner who sells it. Generally it is not found in Health Food Stores).
The probiotics I mentioned above from the fermented foods (and “mainstream” probiotic pills) leave your body through your stool (these are your transient probiotics).
Prescript-Assist, on the other hand, is a native probiotic, meaning that it will actually colonize your gut lining (and not get pooped out). I would only recommend taking one bottle of this per year, as upkeep.
Make It Work
If you're ready to start pooping at least once a day, try some of these suggestions.
If you aren't seeing any progress, click here to find out how we can work together so that you can get things flowing.
I've got your back, lady. And want to see you have the healthiest of poops!
In the meantime, here is a nice chill song to encourage your bod to relax, and let it out: