Consume a high fiber diet made up of lots of fruits, vegetables and whole grains. If that is not possible, incorporate a dietary fiber supplement such as psyllium hulls, Natures Sunshine’s Nature’s Three or their Irritable Bowel Fiber into your daily health routine. Dietary fiber holds water and help to keep the stool soft, while added bulk help to move the stool through the colon.
If other fiber supplements fail in your attempt to become regular, try taking Chitosan (a form of dietary fiber) along with vitamin C. The chitosan binds to fats from the foods we eat making the stool soft and smooth. The vitamin C helps to activate the chitosan in the stomach.
Drink plenty of water, especially if you are taking supplemental fiber.
Try eating a few dried prunes or drinking some prune juice. In addition to adding fiber, prunes have a mild laxative effect.
Avoid sugar and other processed foods.
Begin a regular exercise program to help promote normal bowel movements.
If you think allergies are the cause of your constipation, try an elimination diet to help you to identify what may be triggering your body and causing your colon to contract.
Meditate, do yoga, go for a walk. Do things that will allow you to reduce your stress levels and help your body to relax. This can help relax your colon.
Get a colonic to flush out any old fecal matter that may be trapped within the colon or try a colon cleanse.
Take a good probiotic such as acidopholis or bifidophilus to help promote a healthy environment within the colon.
Peppermint (3910-9) has a long history of helping relax the smooth muscles of the gastrointestinal tract.
Supplementation with magnesium and large doses of vitamin C, have a mild laxative effect on the body.
If all else fails, herbs such as casgara segrada, turkey rhubarb or herbal combinations such as Natures Sunshine's LBS II and LB-X can be used to evacuate the colon. While these should be used with caution, they are less aggressive than many commercial laxatives that are available at the supermarket.