Constipation Cures

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Lauryn

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Dr. Lauryn Lax, OTD, MS

Dr. Lauryn, OTD, MS is a doctor of occupational therapy, clinical nutritionists and functional medicine expert with 25 years of clinical and personal experience in healing from complex chronic health issues and helping others do the same.

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Constipation is one of the most common gastrointestinal (GI) problems, affecting approximately 42 million people in the United States.

For diagnosis, “chronic constipation” is technically defined as:

  • Fewer than three bowel movements a week, and/or
  • Bowel movements with stools that are hard, dry, and small, making them painful or difficult to pass

However, constipation can happen at any time.

Any day you “don’t go”—you miss a day of bowel movement, you’re constipated.

In college, my freshman roommate and I actually kept a “poop chart” for her because she’d go 6-7 days in a row—without pooping.

It was that kind of  funny that is “not-funny.”

(And we most definitely laughed and celebrated her “successes” on the days that the golden poo came!)

But… We didn’t get it: Why all of a sudden, come college, was she having such a hard time, going poo?

It wasn’t until much later we realized some Common Constipation Culprits that totally were working against her (listed below).

(Shazam! Constipation conundrum be gone!)

I, too, can relate.

As a kid, my pediatrician prescribed me to eat Fiber One Cereal—a stick-like cereal bark that became mushy in my 2% Milk—with sliced strawberries every morning, prunes and raisins with lunch, and Nutri-Grain bars every afternoon as a snack.

“The cures”—more fiber—for constipation.

The result?

A little bit of give…but still…the constipation stayed with me throughout my childhood, teens and young 20-something years.

Until…I discovered some simple solutions for curing constipation naturally (and realized the real reasons I was constipated in the first place).

Here is a hit list of Common Constipation Culprits, plus some simple solutions for curing constipation (Naturally):

Common Constipation Culprits

  • Inadequate Water Intake
  • Low Natural (non-gut-irritating) Fiber Intake
  • Not Taking the Time to Go
  • Low Stomach Acid
  • Too Many Raw Veggies
  • Low-Fat Diets
  • Processed & Refined Food Diets
  • Heavy Reliance or Frequent Use of Bars & Shakes
  • SIBO—Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth
  • Low Thyroid &/or Pituitary Function
  • Liver & Biliary Congestion
  • Magnesium Deficiency
  • Chronic Stress (physically, mentally)
  • Erratic Eating Habits (Binge, purge, restriction)
  • Food Sensitivities/Intolerances
  • Non-Soaked Nuts
  • Eating Too Fast/Not Chewing Food Thoroughly
  • Frequent Eating Out & Hydrogenated Oils

Simple Solutions for Curing Constipation (Naturally):

 Testing

  • Test for SIBO (Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth) & Intestinal Pathogens (SIBO Test + Comprehensive Stool Test)
  • Assess Thyroid Function

Nutritional Changes

  • Drink Half Your Bodyweight in Ounces of Water
  • Drink Warm Water + Lemon + Sea Salt every morning
  • Cook your greens (and eat 1-2 times per day)
  • Incorporate healthy fats with every meal
  • Soak nuts, grains and seeds in water prior to consumption
  • Fiber rich foods (low on grains); Include prunes and pectin-containing foods (apples, pears, bananas) 1x day
  • Avoid coffee and fizzy drinks/carbonation
  • Avoid refined carbs, cheese, and a large portion of meat + potatoes/starch in one setting
  • Avoid overeating and frequent snacking

Lifestyle Changes

  • Cut back from overexercising
  • Start a regular workout routine
  • Abdominal massage to stimulate colon
  • Chew your food (really well)
  • Slow down to breathe at meal time
  • Deep breathing 30 seconds, 5-10-times/day
  • All 4’s (get down on all fours, and stick your rump up in the air a slight bit)
  • Squatty Potty

Heal Your Gut

  • Take Probiotics x 1-2x/Day
  • Boost Stomach Acid (HCL Tablets or 1 Tbsp. Apple Cider Vinegar in water prior to meals)
  • Incorporate Fermented Foods in Medicinal Dose Servings 1-2x Per Day
  • Consider Digestive Enzymes with Meals

Love Your Liver (& Gallbladder)

  • Take a Beet juice, taurine, Vitamin C and pancreolipase supplement with meals, OR incorporate a serving of beets several times per week
  • Dandelion Tea
  • Juiced Greens (low sugar)
  • Carrot Juice
  • Castor Oil Packs
  • Regular Sauna
  • Don’t use aluminum cookware
  • Drink clean filtered water

Other Supplements & Nutritional Support

  • Magnesium (Topical or Mg-Citrate, such as “Natural Calm”)
  • Emulsified Oregano Tablet

How’s that for starters?

Constipation be gone!

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