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Constipation Home Remedy

Signs and Symptoms of Constipation

Constipation is the term given to a condition in which bowel movements happen less frequently than is normal for a particular individual, or the stool is small, hard, and difficult or painful to pass.

In addition to infrequent bowel movements, other symptoms of constipation include bad breath, loss of appetite, headaches and dizziness, constant fullness in the abdomen and pain in the lower back, and diarrhea alternating with constipation.

Constipation is often the main cause for many other illnesses and diseases in humans, since the waste products from our bodily functions are retained for longer than what nature intended. As a result, toxins are absorbed back into the system, leading to a number of ailments.

Causes of Constipation

One of the primary causes of constipation is a bad diet. For example, consuming foods which are low in essential vitamins and minerals, not drinking enough water during the day, and drinking excessive amounts of coffee or tea commonly leads to improper bowel movements.

As we age, our bodies produce less and start to lag behind in the manufacture of digestive acids such as hydrochloric acid, pepsin, and digestive enzymes. This natural slow-down is also a leading cause of constipation. A proper diet and regular exercise can help reduce the chances of chronic constipation.

Home Remedies and Natural Treatments for Constipation

Constipation Home Remedy Using Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple Cider Vinegar assists our body in performing natural bowel movements since it contains significant amounts of pectin, which is a water soluble fiber that helps to improve digestion by normalizing the acid levels in the stomach.

For an effective treatment of constipation, add 2 tablespoons of Apple Cider Vinegar into an 8 oz glass of water, and drink this mixture three times a day. The Apple Cider Vinegar can also be mixed with apple juice or grape juice to make it more palatable.

Treat Constipation with Psyllium

Psyllium is a wonderful treatment for constipation, which is why it is a common ingredient in many over the counter laxatives. Therefore, a simple remedy is to take 1 teaspoon of psyllium mixed into a glass of juice three times a day until your constipation is relieved. Be sure to drink the mixture immediately to prevent it from thickening, since it may become more difficult to swallow. Also, drink plenty of water throughout the day when using this remedy.

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  1. on said:

    There are just as many home remedies as there are causes of constipation. One of the best that I have found for infant constipation is using Dark Karo syrup. It is safe, inexpensive and very effective. Take a look at http://www.newbornconstipation.org for dosing and more information.

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    @Hellboys - constipation as a health condition is the same for adults and babies. However, the treatment you choose would be different. Babies cannot handle the same medication or remedies as adults. Therefore, you should never give adult's meds to babies. Always consult an herbalist or doctor first when it comes to kids.

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    You might need a stool softener, not a laxative. I had an oral surgery and was prescribed amoxicillin (antibiotic) and endocet (pain reliever containing acetaminophen and oxycodone). In the patient prescription information for endocet, it lists constipation as a possible side effect, and goes on to say “To prevent constipation, eat a diet adequate in fiber, drink plenty of water, and exercise.” I had not had any side effects from medication before that I can remember, and unfortunately, I did not read all of this prior to using this medication. After the surgery I became severely constipated.
    I had not eaten anything for several days, so when my bowl movements stopped I did not notice. Rarely in my life have I been constipated. Once I started eating again, I became uncomfortable within a few days and realized that I was constipated. I tried prune juice, laxatives such as Ex-Lax, Phillips Milk of Magnesia, SenokotXtra, and a self-administered rectal suppository. Nothing worked. Days were going by and I was becoming extremely uncomfortable and was very close to going to the emergency room for a rectal water enema. I decided to call my doctor (general practitioner) first to ask his advice, but he was on vacation so I spoke to another doctor in the office. I related the story above. Although I was seeking advice on what over the counter medication I should take, I was advised instead to go to the emergency room and have an x-ray because I might have a tumor. Of course, I thought that was ridiculous. I did not suddenly develop a tumor. Although I had not read it, it seemed to me my problem was the result of taking pills for several days while not eating much of anything. Then I called a pharmacist, who then recommended medications that I had already taken. No new ideas there either. Finally I called the oral surgeon who operated on me. This seemed at the time to be an odd question for him, but I was getting desperate.
    He immediately said I needed a stool softener and recommended Colace. He said such problems were common in hospitals and this is what patients were often given. I bought it, took it, went for a long walk around the neighborhood and periodically walked around the perimeter of the backyard for 15 minutes at a time, and in 12-18 hours began to have relief. The stool came out in hard compact clay-like nuggets. It was difficult and a bit painful to pass and I squatted in the shower to do it, but once the process started I experienced relief in increments over the next 12 hours.

  4. on said:

    Is baby and adult constipation the same?

  5. on said:

    Thanks for the information!

  6. on said:

    With all this going on, you have not taken her to a VET yet? The mass could be a fatty tumor which labs can detect and it could be much worst. Please, for the dogs sake, take her to a VET. If she is whimpering she is in pain.

  7. on said:

    You need to take magnesium (citrate or aspartate or whatever else is more bio-available) in capsule form, not pill as they are difficult to digest, especially for those who have gastrointestinal problems, and they are among the people who need it most. Start with a dosage of 400 mg and gradually increase the dose until you get loose bowel movements and then back off a little. This should help!

  8. on said:

    where do you get the fiber cleanse? I'm trying to avoid going to emergency for an enema.Thanks!

  9. on said:

    Hope someone can help me out there somewhere! My dog has had bad gas for a week now and she has been having some diarrhea, but now she has been constipated for a couple of days now! She has a mass as big as a baseball on her stomach on her backside. Tonight she has started whimpering off and on. I know I'm going to have to take her to a vet but does anybody have any answers? Thanks worried mother of my ten year old lab mix Clarabelle!

  10. on said:

    Two spoons of castor oil with a glass of fruit juice is one of the fastest effective home remedy for constipation.

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