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Best Laxative and Constipation Remedies 2013 Review

Updated on August 21, 2013
Rosemary Gladstar's Herbal Recipes for Vibrant Health
Rosemary Gladstar's Herbal Recipes for Vibrant Health

Best Constipation and Laxative Remedies

Plop plop, fizz fizz, oh what a relief it is! However, if you suffer from constipation, you aren’t getting any of that relief. The inability to effectively pass gas and stool through, and out of, your intestinal tract can lead to pain during bowel movements, hemorrhoids, stress, fissures in your rectal tissue, loss of appetite and even irritability and concentration issues.

There is debate about how many bowel movements a person should have per day, or per week. I know I feel my best when I have one to two a day. General understanding is that the more frequently you pass stool, the better your colon is working and the cleaner your intestinal tract stays. However, if you are having only a few movements a week, you may want to try some of these constipation remedies to see if you feel any better, and seek medical advice if they don’t work.

For people who have average and periodic constipation, it is usually just a problem of not enough fluid or fiber rich food being consumed. Others may have issues with the muscles in their intestines that are responsible for moving the bowels. This is called pelvic floor dysfunction. Lack of physical activity, medications, frequent use of laxatives, diverticulosis, loss of essential body salts and even injuries to the spinal cord can affect your bowels in a negative way.

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Garden of Life Super Seed Beyond Fiber
Garden of Life Super Seed Beyond Fiber
Digestive Advantage
Digestive Advantage
Heather's Tummy Tea Fennel Tea Bags for Irritable Bowel Syndrome
Heather's Tummy Tea Fennel Tea Bags for Irritable Bowel Syndrome
Traditional Medicinals Organic Smooth Move
Traditional Medicinals Organic Smooth Move
Rosemary Gladstar's Herbal Recipes for Vibrant Health
Rosemary Gladstar's Herbal Recipes for Vibrant Health
It's No Accident: Breakthrough Solutions to Your Child's Wetting, Constipation, UTIs, and Other Potty Problems
It's No Accident: Breakthrough Solutions to Your Child's Wetting, Constipation, UTIs, and Other Potty Problems
Healthy Digestion the Natural Way
Healthy Digestion the Natural Way
5 stars for Garden of Life Super Seed Beyond Fiber

Best Treatments for Laxative

Common Herbs for Constipation

A common treatment for constipation is psyllium seed. This provides bulk in the intestines but should be taken with copious amounts of water to keep from sticking in your GI tract. Slippery elm is also used by acting as a lubricant; it can also help relieve gas and cramping that is associated with constipation. Aloe vera sounds strange as it’s commonly used for minor wounds, but it is also considered a natural laxative. This can be drunk, or taken in capsules. Cascara sagrada is a good alternative to using senna, another popular herb that can cause gas and cramping. Cascara has been found to be non-habit forming and more gentle. Another ingredient you may find in remedies is triphala. This is an East Indian treatment and includes three fruits (Haritaki, Bibhitaki, and Amalaki) that not only cleanse, but rejuvenate. Some also use it as a diuretic or weight loss aid.

Take a look at some of the remedies and tools we have listed here to help you get some relief; remember to always follow the directions on the package to safely take your treatments.

Books for Constipation

Check out Healthy Digestion the Natural Way by D. Lindsey Berkson; it is a good choice to address your entire gut. It gives some very good advice for other GI related symptoms like gas, irritable bowel syndrome, allergies, heartburn, and more. The author describes how your OTC quick fixes are just not good at treating your underlying cause of problems. This book will give you the tools you need to get thorough GI healing. Her instructions are easy to follow to handle your issues without drugs, her remedies are specific to the individual GI issue you might be dealing with, and she incorporates not only nutrition, but exercise, breathing techniques and even some reflexology which has been shown to help many physical ailments. I found it extremely helpful that there are tips on how to design a diet around your specific needs. I have gluten and dairy issues, and my husband has blood sugar and reflux issues, so we have to get very creative with our meals. Believe it or not, some of the exercises you can do for your internal organs are easy enough to be done at your desk at work. This has been a good reference for my family.

Best Kids Books for Constipation

Children often get constipated because they don’t drink enough water, or eat enough fiber. This It’s No Accident book by Steve J. Hodges and Suzanne Schlosberg was written to help with overall potty problems that you might experience with your children. This book is so very highly rated; I just couldn’t pass it up. Dr. Hodges explains why there are so many children in western society who have toilet issues. Some of these include pressure to train too early, inadequate training, etc. He states that almost all childhood potty problems are related to holding either feces, or urine, or both. This book really helped us notice the signs that my daughter was holding instead of actively using the restroom. The book is quite easy to read and has lots of information on how to address your issues. He does talk about medications but there is also options for dietary changes and lifestyle changes as well that can be helpful in resolving constipation or other potty issues.

Constipation Recipe Remedies

Not only have I used this book for constipation, it is great for many other home maladies as well. Rosemary Gladstar’s Herbal Recipes for Vibrant Health is great to have in your kitchen. This book is dedicated to herbal remedies for everyone in the family, including babies. There are tincture recipes, salve recipes, recipes for oils and teas. I’ve used it to come up with a healthy version of diaper ointment, help migraines and get rid of my husband’s athlete’s foot. It includes an A-Z apothecary that lists over 90 herbs. We have a copy in our kitchen and one in our emergency storage area. I feel confident, with the education this book has given me, that I could treat our family in the event of an emergency and could not get medical care quickly. Don’t feel overwhelmed by the author’s suggestions to take so many remedies in one day; no one has that kind of time. We have done well picking a few of the recipes we know work for us and combining them with others that work.

Constipation Teas

I personally love drinking tea for my constipation. It is usually gentle, natural and seems to help my GI tract from one end to the other. The best I have found is Smooth Move by Traditional Medicinals. It takes about 10-15 minutes to steep and you must cover it as well. I highly suggest steeping for only about 6-7 minutes at first to make sure it won’t be too much for you. The first time I made some, I steeped it the full time and was gurgling for hours after. If you need it strong, then make it strong, but start out light till you get the idea of how your gut will deal with it. Senna leaf is very powerful for your bowels and that is the main ingredient in this herbal blend. It also has orange peel, cinnamon, coriander, and ginger in it; it’s quite tasty!

Best Tea for Constipation

Another popular one is Heather’s Tummy Tea Fennel Tea Bags for Irritable Bowel Syndrome. Fennel has been found to be great for management of IBS symptoms and to help with bloating and gas. It has allover digestive properties as well. I’ve even made a bit of this tea for my colicky babies. As with the other tea mentioned, the longer you brew this, the stronger it will be for you. There are no allergens such as soy, milk, corn, salt, yeast, or gluten in this blend either. This tea is better than others I’ve tried with fennel in them. I think the reason is what the company states - get fennel that is harvested and packaged fresh and it is processed to keep its high volatile oils intact which are what helps your GI tract the most. This tea has strictly nothing but fennel in it. If you aren’t familiar with fennel, it has a black licorice type taste with a sweet aftertaste. I hate black licorice but this is actually quite pleasant.

Laxative Treatment

Sometimes you need something a bit stronger and faster working than some of the other things we’ve mentioned. Check out this Digestive Advantage Intensive Bowel Support. Your purchase gets you 96 capsules that will help relieve your GI issues whether they are irritable bowel related or not. This supplement includes lactobacillus cultures with an amino acid that helps you digest dairy, fruit, meats and carbs more easily. I love this product since it helps with both diarrhea and constipation. You simply take one capsule per day and you get about 24 hours of relief from symptoms.

This Garden of Life Super Seed Beyond Fiber product is also a great and highly rated product. This blend includes whole foods like seeds, sprouted grains, and legumes that are natural laxatives anyway. It also has things in it like chia seeds, flax seed, sunflower and probiotics as well. You simply mix one scoop into any food or drink and consume it immediately. I like it mixed in yogurt.

© 2013 Bob Miller

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