I recently suffered a bout of very uncomfortable constipation after changing some vitamins I was taking. Normal for me is 2-3 times a day, because I eat lots of raw fruits and vegetables and drink lots of fresh raw juice, so having a fibre rich diet means you will go more frequently than someone who doesn’t. But with this new vitamin I was struggling to go once every 2-3 days. Which not only bloated me, but made me feel sluggish, tired and revolting. This got me researching what to do, as naturally as possible, to help get me going as quickly as possible. Here is a breakdown of the main components
Magnesium helps with bowel movements through two different ways. It helps to relax the muscles in the intestines which helps to establish a smoother rhythm. But it also attracts water and this increased amount of water in the colon serves to soften the stool, helping to make stools easier to pass. It is easy to get extra magnesium from your diet, look for cacao, dried fruit, and dark leafy greens.
Sorbitol is a simple sugar which is sometimes used as a natural sweetener in soft drinks due to its sweet taste. While sorbitol does have calories, the body absorbs sorbitol more slowly than it does regular table sugar. Sorbitol works by drawing water into the stool from the surrounding tissue through osmosis. Get sorbitol naturally from apples, pears, peaches and of course, prunes (which are really just dried plums).
Psyllium husk increases the bulk in your stool, just making it larger, an effect that helps to cause movement of the intestines. It also works by increasing the amount of water in the stool, making the stool softer and easier to pass.
This is something only to be used in really desperate times. Enemas treat constipation by introducing fluid into the intestines through the bottom end of the digestive tract (the part where you want things to come out). The liquid softens the stool while the enema nozzle can help to loosen your body parts.