The last few days I have been feeling real constipated and my stomach looks very bloated. I do consume alot of green veggies in one day but have been having trouble going to the bathroom. Does anyone know any "cures" to cleanse my system and help move my bowels along? Any help would be appreciated!
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on April 11, 2013
at 03:01 PM
Some magnesium supplements may help; it draws water into the intestines and helps to move things along, unlike a harsher laxative like senna which causes the intestines to contract and can cause dependency. I have found triphala useful as well if you can find that. Also, :organic: methods like stretching, a hot water bottle on your stomach, and massaging sensitive parts of your feet can help move things along!
on April 11, 2013
at 06:17 PM
Constipation and bloating can be caused for many reasons. Sometimes the solutions are a quick fix; other times not. It's important to try out all the remedies for all the possible causes (starting with the basic, most common solutions) because you never know which one is causing your issues. I have experience with both bloating and constipation and this was generally the order of how I tried to solve the problem:
First, you need to asses your diet. Are you eating any foods that are known for causing allergies or digestion problems? Common culprits are dairy, nuts, and sometimes egg. I found that I had to remove the yogurt from my diet to relieve me of some bloating (but it did not solve the entire problem). You also need to look at your fiber intake. You say you consume many vegetables--this is good; but you should really try to add up the total fiber you are consuming in a day. If you're not getting 25 grams, you may need to increase fiber consumption for a while until you are 'going' again and the slowly decrease it to an amount you feel comfortable eating (I don't believe you need to keep shoveling lots of fiber into your system on a regular bases to have a healthy digestive system--just temporarily). More fat can also help move things along--try this out if you have only a moderate intake with fat (again, reduce as necessary for your body over time if this works and you do not wish to consume so much fat).
(Note: If you are taking calcium supplements, those are severely constipating).
If you find that your diet is in check, you may need to look for probiotics. Any brand that has at least a couple strands bifidobacerium and lactobacillius is good. Maybe take 2 a day at first and then if you see improvement in a month or so, reduce to 1. In addition, magnesium and fish oil can be effective supplements.
If there is no improvement after taking these steps, you should look into laxatives, but you definitely want a gentle, non-dependant one such as Miralax (by the way, Miralax takes several days to work).
I'm certain that the Miralax will work, but of course you do not want to be stuck on it for the rest of you life. Try taking it for a while, slowly reduce over time, and in the mean time, look in to SIBO (small intestinal bacterial overgrowth) and the GAPS diet.
on April 11, 2013
at 03:38 PM
Chugging a glass of water with a half or full tsp of salt (can't remember which one actually as I havn't done it in a while), will help pretty quick. Do that, give it about 20-30 min and your good.
I wouldn't totally recommend it though outside of grabbing some more natural like prune juice; however, if your in a bind and can't get out, the salt will do the trick