Constipation Relief

How to get natural constipation relief through a variety of constipation remedies. Find a constipation treatment that works for you.


I'll start with things that have worked for my case of chronic constipation. As I find more information on relieving constipation I'll post it here.

The following things work for me. Then you might try them one at a time. Then add another and another until you get results. Then take the one you like least away, and see if you are still getting results.

Always check with your doctor before trying anything you read here. Everyone is different, and what might be good for some people might be bad for you, considering your medical history and medications.

  • Water. "Yeah, yeah," you say. "What's new?" I know you know this one, but are you applying your knowledge to this natural remedy for constipation relief? Just knowing it won't make anything happen. I know it's inconvenient, and maybe you don't like to do it, but do you like having constipation? Add another 16 ounces of water to your daily diet--water, not other liquids. This is in addition to those other liquids. If that doesn't work, add more water, up to 64 ounces (four tall 16-oz glasses). Try that for at least a week, and then evaluate the results.

  • Fiber. Oh, stop already! Yes, you've heard it before, but are you eating three servings each of fruits and vegetables for constipation treatment? Do you eat whole grains? (Clue: These are not white.) Nuts and seeds will help, too. Go to your shopping list right now and put these things on it. These are best eaten raw, for the enzymes they provide, which help digestion, but you'll still get all the fiber if you cook them.

  • Exercise. I drink plenty of water and eat plenty of fiber, but I can still get constipated if I do nothing but sit in front of a computer all day, like I'm doing right now. But if I take a walk daily--a half mile to a mile--or I do a short (10 to 20 minute) daily workout on my elliptical machine, I get constipation relief.

  • Vitamin C. Many MDs practicing alternative medicine will prescribe vitamin C as an alternative treatment for for a variety of reasons. They will instruct the patient to take it "to bowel tolerance." What they mean is that too much vitamin C can cause diarrhea. If you are not already taking a vitamin C supplement, you might try that or you might try increasing the amount, for constipation relief.

  • Chlorophyll. I was taking a sea mineral complex for a foot problem. When I started taking it, my bowel function really improved. I took it for years. Then the company removed the chlorophyll, and my bowel function changed for the worse. I took chlorophyll separately for awhile for constipation relief, and it seemed to help, but I stopped because I found less expensive methods that worked for me. It's another option for you to try.

  • Enzymes. Since I am into alternative health, I took a product containing enzymes for awhile and my bowel function was the best it has ever been. Then the company went out of business, and the substitutes I tried didn't provide the same constipation relief. I still take enzymes, though, and they are known to help digestion and food absorption. Especially if you're over 40, enzymes would be something to try. Look for something that contains lipase, amylase, protease, cellulase and lactase. My vitamin mineral complex, Rainbow Light Complete Nutritional System, contains enzymes, and I sometimes take a separate product called AbsorbAid. At the very least, it greatly decreases the amount of gas I produce. (And that's more than you every wanted to know about me, right?)

  • Magnesium for constipation relief. This is the failsafe method for me. I have some magnesium citrate tablets. This is a highly absorbable form of magnesium. Each tablet contains 200 milligrams of magnesium. I take 200 to 400 mg daily, depending on my needs.

    Of course, you could add some epsom salts to a liquid, according to the directions, and drink it, or you could take milk of magnesia, according to the directions. Both of these laxatives for constipation relief are based on magnesium for constipation relief. They are pretty yucky, though, and the package will tell you not to take a laxative for constipation relief on a regular basis.

    Magnesium is a mineral that is a necessary dietary nutrient. Magnesium deficiencies are not uncommon, because the soils in which our food is grown may be magnesium deficient, or we are not eating those foods much as all.

    According to the Mayo Clinic Web site at mayoclinic.com, "The best dietary sources of magnesium include green leafy vegetables, nuts, peas, beans, and cereal grains in which the germ or outer layers have not been removed. Hard water has been found to contain more magnesium than soft water. A diet high in fat may cause less magnesium to be absorbed. Cooking may decrease the magnesium content of food." How does your diet rate for magnesium, according to that information? Eating the right foods for constipation relief is a good way to go.

    Below are the U.S. recommended daily requirements for magnesium, taken from mayoclinic.com.

    Adult and teenage males—270 to 400 milligrams (mg) per day.
    Adult and teenage females—280 to 300 mg per day.
    Pregnant females—320 mg per day.
    Breast-feeding females—340 to 355 mg per day.
    Children 7 to 10 years of age—170 mg per day.
    Children 4 to 6 years of age—120 mg per day.
    Children birth to 3 years of age—40 to 80 mg per day.

    It is also possible to overdose on magnesium, although this is rare. Apparently, some people pop antacid tablets like candy, and some of these contain magnesium. These do not work for constipation relief, however; in fact, they do just the opposite.

    You can find more information on magnesium on our Health Benefits Of Magnesium page.

    Here is another site that will tell you all about magnesium.

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    Corn Syrup
    With all the new-fangled products sold for constipation relief, you may not have heard of this one. Into a glass of warm water, mix one tablespoon of corn syrup. Take this twice a day for a day or two. Corn syrup pulls water into the stools, making them easier to pass.

    Source: Victoria S. Sierpina, M.D., Associate Professor of Family Medicine, University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, Texas, as seen in Bottom Line's 100 Hottest New Natural Cures and Cover-Ups.

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