Constipation Natural Remedies
Constipation and Migraine headache or pain going down the neck can often be relieved by deep massage on the same side as the pain, about 4 inches above the ankle, right below the calf on the inside of the leg. When you find the right spot there will pain like a boil. Massage deeply for 9 minutes even though the patient will want to go through the roof. When the pain is gone in the leg, the headache will be gone also.
I performed this massage on my wife who was severely constipated. She wanted to kill me before it was done and a few minutes later, she filled the toilet bowl above the water line. She then thanked me for putting her in pain as the relief was more than the few minutes of agony she endured.
You may also find extremely sore points on the ankles, sides or bottom of the feet. These all relate to some blocked nerves in the body and even if you don’t have reflexology charts, by massaging these points, you will do your body a world of good.
Edgar Cayce says migraines are caused by toxic bowel. Many people have totally eliminated migraines and constipation by cleansing the bowel. See Colon Cleansing and Bentonite Clay.
A healthy bowel should move once for each meal that is consumed.
To understand constipation, it helps to know how the colon, or large intestine, works. As food moves through the colon, the colon absorbs water from the food while it forms waste products, or stool. Muscle contractions in the colon then push the stool toward the rectum. By the time stool reaches the rectum it is solid, because most of the water has been absorbed.
Constipation occurs when the colon absorbs too much water or if the colon’s muscle contractions are slow or sluggish, causing the stool to move through the colon too slowly. As a result, stools can become hard and dry. Common causes of constipation are:
Lack of magnesium – ShopFreeMart PureMag is the best form of magnesium.
Not enough fiber in the diet
Dehydration – not enough liquids
Lack of physical activity (especially in the elderly)
Milk and dairy products
Changes in life or routine such as pregnancy, aging, and travel
Abuse of laxatives
Ignoring the urge to have a bowel movement
Not enough salt in the diet
Specific diseases or conditions, such as stroke (most common)
Problems with the colon and rectum
Problems with intestinal function (chronic idiopathic constipation)
Not Enough Fiber In The Diet:
People who eat a high-fiber diet are less likely to become constipated. The most common causes of constipation are a diet low in fiber or a diet high in fats, such as cheese, eggs, and meats.
Fiber – both soluble and insoluble is the part of fruits, vegetables, and grains that the body cannot digest. Soluble fiber dissolves easily in water and takes on a soft, gel-like texture in the intestines. Insoluble fiber passes through the intestines almost unchanged. The bulk and soft texture of fiber help prevent hard, dry stools that are difficult to pass.
Americans eat an average of 5 to 14 grams of fiber daily, which is short of the 20 to 35 grams recommended by the American Dietetic Association. Most people today eat too many refined and processed foods from which the natural fiber has been removed.
For sake of convenience people often choose foods that are quick to make or buy, such as fast foods, or prepared foods, both of which are usually low in fiber. High fiber foods are more difficult to chew causing many older people to eat soft foods that are processed and low in fiber.
Dehydration – Not Enough Liquids:
Many people report some relief from their constipation if they drink less soda drinks and drink more water and juices to help avoid dehydration. Liquids add fluid to the colon and bulk to stools, making bowel movements softer and easier to pass. People who have problems with constipation should drink no less that 8-12 glasses of pure water every day.
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Drinks that contain caffeine, such as coffee and cola drinks will worsen one’s symptoms by causing dehydration. Alcohol is another beverage that causes dehydration. It is important to drink fluids that hydrate the body, especially when consuming caffeine containing drinks or alcoholic beverages.
Studies show that in order to fully neutralize the effects of one glass of soda, you need to drink 32 glasses of water.
Lack Of Physical Activity:
A lack of physical activity can lead to constipation. For example, constipation often occurs after an accident or during an illness when one must stay in bed and cannot exercise. Lack of physical activity is thought to be one of the reasons constipation is common in older people.
Medications: Many medications can cause constipation.
Pain medications (especially narcotics)
Antacids that contain aluminum and calcium
Blood pressure medications (calcium channel blockers)
Iron supplements – most iron supplements cause hemochromatosis.
Eating dried prunes is one of the best “natural” remedies for constipation. As my children were growing up, we kept a bag of prunes in the cupboard to remedy this problem any time it might arise, as prunes are safe for even babies.
Good diet and regularly using ShopFreeMart PureMag and Immunize can help most people eliminate constipation and the need for laxatives. (See Diet)
Changes In Life Or Routine:
During pregnancy, women may be constipated because of hormonal changes or because the uterus compresses the intestine. Aging may also affect bowel regularity, because a slower metabolism results in less intestinal activity and muscle tone. In addition, people often become constipated when traveling, because their normal diet and daily routine are disrupted.
Abuse Of Laxatives:
Although people may feel relief when they use laxatives, typically they must increase the dose over time because the body grows dependent upon laxatives in order to have a bowel movement. As a result, laxatives may become habit-forming.
Ignoring The Urge To Have A Bowel Movement:
People who ignore the urge to have a bowel movement may eventually stop feeling the need to have one, which can lead to constipation. Some people delay having a bowel movement because they do not want to use toilets outside the home. Others ignore the urge because of emotional stress or because they are too busy. Children may postpone having a bowel movement because of stressful toilet training or because they do not want to interrupt their play.
Not Enough Salt In The Diet:
Contrary to popular opinion, salt is necessary to health. Salt is Sodium Chloride and sodium is the water-regulating mineral. Because the human body is 70% or more water, it needs considerable sodium to help regulate all of the bodily fluids. One quick fix for constipation is to drink a rounded tsp. of salt in warm water first thing in the morning every day until you are back to having normal bowel movements. Don’t use regular table salt however. (See Salt)
Diseases that cause constipation include neurological disorders, metabolic and endocrine disorders, and systemic conditions that affect organ systems. The following disorders can slow the movement of stool through the colon, rectum, or anus.
Chronic idiopathic intestinal pseudo-obstruction
Spinal cord injuries
Problems With The Colon And Rectum:
Intestinal obstruction, adhesions (scar tissue), diverticulitis, tumors, colorectal stricture, or cancer can compress, squeeze, or narrow the intestine and rectum and cause constipation.
Problems with Intestinal Function: The three types of constipation are idiopathic constipation, functional constipation and irritable bowel syndrome.
Idiopathic has an unknown origin and does not respond to standard treatment.
Functional constipation means that the bowel is healthy but not working properly. It is often the result of poor dietary habits and lifestyle. It occurs in both children and adults and is most common in women. Colonic inertia, delayed transit, and pelvic floor dysfunction are three types of functional constipation. Colonic inertia and delayed transit are caused by a decrease in muscle activity in the colon. These syndromes may affect the entire colon or may be confined to the lower, or sigmoid, colon.
Pelvic floor dysfunction is caused by a weakness of the muscles in the pelvis surrounding the anus and rectum. However, because this group of muscles is voluntarily controlled to some extent, biofeedback training is somewhat successful in retraining the muscles to function normally and improving the ability to have a bowel movement.
Functional constipation that stems from problems in the structure of the anus and rectum is known as anorectal dysfunction, or anismus. These abnormalities result in an inability to relax the rectal and anal muscles that allow stool to exit.
People with IBS having predominantly constipation also have pain and bloating as part of their symptoms.
The doctor may ask a patient to describe his or her constipation, including duration of symptoms, frequency of bowel movements, and consistency of stools, presence of blood in the stool, toilet habits and how often and where one has bowel movements. A record of eating habits, medication, and level of physical activity will also help the doctor determine the cause of constipation.
The clinical definition of constipation is having any two of the following symptoms for at least 12 weeks in the previous 12 months:
Straining during bowel movements
Lumpy or hard stool
Sensation of incomplete evacuation
Sensation of anorectal blockage/obstruction
Fewer than three bowel movements per week
Missing just one day without having a bowel movement however, is constipation. It is just a lesser degree than someone who may go three days or even a week without having one.
Yeast And Bacteria:
Crohn’s disease is an inflamed irritable bowel syndrome. One of the main symptoms is constipation. Bacteria, a virus, a parasite, or all three may cause it. Silver is very good at destroying pathogens without further inflaming the bowel.
Underactive thyroid is another cause of constipation. Even though blood tests may indicate that the thyroid is normal, eighty percent of Americans suffer from an underactive thyroid.
Pure Silver can help because often the thyroid is damaged by a viral or bacterial infection. Drinking two teaspoons twice daily and applying Pure Silver topically to the throat will result in significant thyroid benefit.
ShopFreeMart PureCopper and PureMag may also help turn on the thyroid gland nutritionally, which could then in turn relieve the symptoms of constipation.
Milk and dairy products:
Milk and dairy products and especially cheese are very constipating. Furthermore, everyone is allergic to them to one degree or another and if you suffer from constipation, they should be avoided altogether.
Bowels can have a lot of problems – from constipation and colitis to yeast and other infections and diarrhea. By taking two teaspoons twice daily, Pure Silver can help destroy the bacteria and yeast that cause many of these problems.
By taking 2-3 droppers of Pure Silver 3x daily will kill the yeast and bacteria associated with Crohn’s. You should expect to see some benefits within the first two days. You should expect to see benefits within the first two days.
ShopFreeMart Immunize, PureMag and Siaga may also help support a healthy intestinal tract, and normal and regular bowel movements.
See also Colon Cleansing, Enema, Salt Flush, and Bentonite Clay.