Here’s a topic that no one really likes to discuss, yet it is a problem that affects everyone at some point in their life. Constipation! It will raise it’s head somewhere and at some time no matter who you are, where you work, what you eat, what you drink, how you live. The bowel is a tricky little organ, and so often it seems to have a mind of it’s own!
What is constipation?
Defined as the absence of the urge to eliminate waste or as having difficulty in passing stools. However, in simple terms we all know it means you just can’t do a poo poo! I have seen patients that only have a bowel motion once in 2 weeks. I can’t imagine how this must feel. Being so clogged up and heavy, not to mention the serious negative health effects on the body. Symptoms of constipation are usually more than just the obvious lack of bowel function. Loss of appetite is very common, you may suffer with intermittent nausea, indigestion, low grade fever that comes and goes, headaches, back ache, fatigue, irritability and even some feelings of anxiety.
You may also develop haemorrhoids.
So the burning question is, can constipation be healed? Yes it certainly can.
There are several factors that need to be addressed, apart from the obvious dietary changes:
- Emotional Issues
Diet – You do need to load your diet with fresh vegetables and fruits. This way you get a good amount of fibre. Cooked vegetables are preferable to raw, so the bowel can eliminate more efficiently. Leaving the skin on fruit and vegetables helps to give you more fibre. Include grains, pulses, lentils and beans each day, and use some bran each day. Include yoghurt in your diet, but do check that it has live cultures in it. If not you can buy a probiotic and take as directed each day. The good microflora in the gut need to be plentiful to help keep your gut balanced and working in harmony.
Drink – water. I know you hear this time and time again, yet it still needs to be mentioned as so many of us just don’t drink sufficient water each day. Drink at least one litre of water, add your tea or coffee but do get some good clear water into your body each day. On waking have a large glass of water, cold or hot. You can have it with a slice of lemon in it or just plain good old water. I love hot water so each morning I sip a cup of boiled water with a slice of lemon. Delicious!
Within one hour of rising, eat your breakfast. Never skip this very important meal. On a daily basis add my Fruit Spread to your diet. You could spread it on toast, or have it as a relish with grilled meats or chicken. You could add more prune juice and drink it either by itself or add to a smoothie.
Molly’s Anti-Constipation Fruit Spread
- 1 cup prunes – pitted
- 1 cup dates – pitted
- 1 cup dried figs – chopped
- 2 tablespoons flaxseed oil
- 1 tablespoon coconut oil
- 1/2-1 cup prune juice
Place all ingredients into your blender or food processor and blend until you have a smooth paste. Spoon it into a jar and store in the fridge.
Dose: Adults take 1 to 2 tablespoons each day until your bowel is regular, then you can start to cut back as needed. Depending on the age of a child 10-16, use 1/2 – 1 tablespoon, and for toddlers over 3 use 1/2 to 1 teaspoon, diluted in apple juice. For a child under 3 it is advisable to see your health practitioner before giving any treatments yourself.
Vitamins & Minerals – Take fish oil and a probiotic each day.
Tissue salts – Mag Phos can be very useful for a number of health issues, and it is very beneficial for constipation. Taken internally at night, and as a cream rub on the tummy area each day.
Herbs – There are some very good herbal remedies that can help to regulate your bowel. Herbs such as cascara, yellow dock, senna, liquorice, slippery elm, psyllium. Contact Molly to buy Molly’s formulated herbal tea ‘Relief”
Exercise – walking is such a good exercise to do as it uses all the muscles in your body. Swing your arms as you go, to stimulate lymph glands. No need to do a fast power walk, just a bit brisker than a stroll.
Stress – We all have it, and often lots of it. It can disguise itself as an old friend because we live with it every day and so think it is a normal part of life! Stress can be useful, but in most instances it is enormously detrimental to our health and wellbeing. Stress can be relieved in many ways. You can meditate or do some deep breathing exercises, or listen to a relaxing creative meditation such as my healing meditation which you can download here.
Emotions – Always a major player in any form of health issue or imbalance in your body. Your emotions can be the basic reason you become constipated in the first place. Take a moment, close your eyes and see if you can connect with any emotional reasons you may be ‘holding on’.
EFT is one method of working with emotions to get a good result in releasing emotions and links to constipation. Contact Molly for an EFT script to aid in relieving constipation.