Fast Constipation Relief

Natural remedies for fast constipation relief

When you want fast constipation relief, you don't need to reach for a harsh chemical laxative. Below are several natural home remedies for constipation that are safe and really work.

Choose from common household items, supplements, and even a massage technique you can learn in the privacy of your home.

More Magnesium for Less Constipation

Nearly all of us are magnesium deficient thanks to flawed modern farming techniques and especially GMOs. So adding more magnesium to your diet just makes sense.

Coffee for constipation

For most people,
coffee beats tea.

The only "problem" is that too much magnesium can send you to the bathroom more often with looser stools. The makings of a perfect remedy.

Epsom Salt (Magnesium Sulfate) 

A fantastic way to absorb more magnesium is through the skin with Epsom salt baths, about 2 cups to a tub of warm water. This is a gentle and relaxing way to assist. For a more aggressive approach, consider an Epsom salt flush.

Unsulphured Molasses

Unsulphured molasses (also known as blackstrap) supplies iron, magnesium, potassium, calcium, and vitamin B6.

Take 1 tablespoon alone or stirred into the beverage of your choice. You may notice a feeling of relaxation before true constipation relief. Just repeat as needed to achieve your goal. 

Oxygen Colon Cleanse

The very popular oxygen colon cleanse is all about magnesium. And while any magnesium supplement can help move the bowel, only an oxygen cleanse is specifically designed to get the job done as quickly and reliably as possible. I like the oxygen cleanse from GHC.

Flushing the Digestive Tract

Epsom Salt Flush

Instead of bathing in Epsom salt water, you can drink the potion for a more decisive internal nudge.  It is safe and works, but please exercise caution if this is your first time.

Plan to be near a bathroom and expect cramping and loose or frequent bowel movements. While you may get off easy, just know that drama is possible.

The basic method is to dissolve 1 tablespoon of Epsom salt in 1 cup of water and drink on an empty stomach. Wait 2 hours. If nothing happens, repeat. This is the usual dose for constipation relief. You may wait and repeat a third or even a fourth dose.

Be patient and give it time. Err on the side of taking too little too slow, not too much too fast. And regardless of how desperate you are, never take more than the maximum dose of 4 tablespoons in a 24-hour period.

Should You Swallow Epsom Salt?

Yes, it's bitter and can have a strong laxative effect. But the method given here is tried and true, also made popular by the classic oil and citrus liver cleanse. As always, seek counsel and listen to your body before deciding what is best for you.

Sea Salt Flush

Getting more exercise can cure chronic constipation

Get moving to
get things moving.

The sea salt flush in the master cleanse clears the entire digestive tract (in a fasting state) in about an hour.

This method can be very effective though not be as strong or predictable as the Epsom salt flush. Some people need more sea salt to make it work, and you won't know until you try.

All you do is stir 2 teaspoons sea salt (not table salt) into 1 quart warm water and drink it fast. Alternately, you can mix the sea salt with a little water and drink the rest clean. If nothing happens after an hour, it is safe to try again with more sea salt the second time.

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Super Size Vitamin C

High doses of vitamin C are a safe way to get things moving. You get the antioxidant benefit from what your body absorbs and a laxative effect from anything beyond that. And because it is a water-soluble vitamin, your body safely excretes the excess. Begin with several grams a day, increasing the dose as needed.

Nourishing Aloe Vera

Aloe vera is packed with nutrients that cleanse the digestive tract and soften stool. Drink 2 tablespoons of aloe vera gel mixed with juice at night for results by morning. Aloe vera gel is most potent, especially if you use your own plant. But you can also drink 8 ounces aloe vera juice two or three times a day.

What About Prune Juice?

Tried and true, prune juice is a fiber-rich stool softener. Begin with 4 to 8 ounces, then give it time to work. The down side is cramping and gas when you take too much, and some people are more sensitive than others.

Happy thoughts can make the bowel more active

Focus on what
brings you joy.

Triphala for Moving and Toning 

Triphala is an Ayurvedic digestive cleanser made from three fruits - amalaki, haritaki, and bibhitaki. It is a fantastic healing combination for your entire body. But for constipation relief, you'll love the gentle laxative properties and the way it strengthens the muscles of your colon for better regularity.

Senna or Cascara Sagrada as Needed

Both senna and cascara sagrada provide prompt and predictable constipation relief without the harsh cramps you get with the typical chemical laxative. They are natural and safe but probably best saved for occasional use. Choose from supplement form or laxative tea.

Natural Constipation Relief with Massage

Try giving your colon some much-needed TLC! This therapeutic massage begins with the descending colon on your left, moves backward across your transverse colon, and ends at your right-sided ascending colon. Watch the video below for details.

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