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Bloomingalchemy60

205d

How do you help treat constipation without laxatives? I know the general rule is diet change and exercise. I’ve tried including more fiber in my diet as well as starting a nightly workout routine even including some yoga poses made to help constipation, but nothing seems to help and I don’t want to be overdoing laxatives.

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    • chels23

      201d

      I tend to use my intolerance b

    • chels23

      201d

      I tend to use my intolerance b

    • bahramuuu

      202d

      I have used smooth moves tea in the past it’s by a company called traditional medicinals. It’s not what I would consider a ‘traditional laxative’ but it is a natural laxative. Definitely talk to a doctor if you take any meds before using it or you have any pre existing conditions, just to make sure it’s safe. Just because something is natural/herbal does not always mean healthier or safer. I will warn you, IT WORKS. Don’t drink it before bed unless you want to be up that night in the bathroom. How are you including more fiber in your diet? You could try a fiber supplement like Metamucil. But I want to just put this in from an article: One 6-month study in 63 people found that for people with chronic idiopathic constipation, a low-fiber or even a no-fiber diet drastically improved their symptoms. Removing the fiber basically cured them of the constipation. So if you are trying fiber and it’s not helping maybe that isn’t the answer. You could try a low FODMAP diet, just keep in mind that isn’t a long term diet and should be done with guidance. I think it’s funny, because a lot of recommended treatments/ preventions or things for stomach issues, can also worsen issues depending on what the root cause of the issue is. So honestly if you’ve tried a few things and it doesn’t help, try to get in to see a gastroenterologist. I know that isn’t feasible for everyone, but they can often help.

      • bahramuuu

        202d

        @bahramuuu There is debate as to how much it helps/if it does much, but you could try colace (stool softener) taken daily as well. I know different docs have different opinions.

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"Some suggestions include taking psyllium husk fiber with a glass of water daily, increasing vegetable intake, consuming prebiotic foods like raw garlic and kefir regularly, drinking a good amount of water, eating homemade chia pudding daily (1 cup milk, 2 tablespoons chia seeds+optional sweetener), and avoiding laxative medicine and antibiotics. Additionally, chaga mushroom powder has been mentioned to help as it gives a detox laxative effect. Another suggestion is to slightly decrease fiber intake and increase water consumption between meals."

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