Probiotics do help with constipation and are commonly used to promote regular bowel movements and support healthy digestion. Various studies found that probiotics relieved the symptoms of constipation, improved the intestinal tract transit time, stool frequency and stool consistency. .
These results are promising, especially considering how common constipation is. More data and time are needed however, before the medical community can define clear guidelines and recommendations.
In this experts guide, we’ll share our research and experience with probiotics for constipation. So you will know what to expect, get the most benefits and avoid common side effects of probiotics.
How Do Probiotics Work For Constipation?
The body’s ability to properly digest the foods we eat is dependent on the good bacteria in the gut. Stress, medication, antibiotics, poor diet and other factors are known to damage the gut flora. Probiotics supplements work by populating the intestinal tract with good bacteria which can help to promote a healthy gut flora balance.
Can Probiotics Cause Constipation?
Probiotics can cause constipation in some cases. While this surprises many people, it is usually a result of low quality probiotics, or as a result of a reaction to dairy or gluten based probiotics. For this reason, we always recommend to use plant based probiotics that are dairy and gluten free.
Latero-Flora below is a good example.
Best Probiotics For Constipation
Bacillus laterosporus probiotic strain (Latero-Flora) is a great example of a probiotic strain that was suggested by research to be very effective for constipation, bloating and other digestive issues. According to one study, 90% of the participants in the study reported a relief from their constipation symptoms (see study results).
Latero-Flora is our preferred probiotics for constipation we use in our natural gut health protocols. It has shown to be very effective but also gentle and safe. Safety testings have found that Latero-Flora is completely safe with no indications of toxicity, even at extremely high dosage. The Bacillus laterosporus strain is highly stable and can easily pass the stomach acids and become very active in the body. The fact that it is stable in room temperature and doesn’t need to be refrigerated also means you can take it with you wherever you go.
How Long Before Probiotics Work For Constipation?
The benefits of probiotics for constipation do not occur overnight. It may take days and even weeks before you notice a significant relief. For this reason, probiotics are often recommended as a natural way to support good gut health and normal bowel movements rather than for an immediate constipation relief.
When A Fast Relief Is Needed
Constipation can cause many discomforts known to reduce the quality of life. Sometimes, a fast relief is a must. This is also where many mistakes are made. Laxatives, and constipation medicine are known to cause many issues.
One of the best safest natural ways to relieve constipation, is to help your body flush out the stool buildup by doing an oxygen colon cleanse.
Oxygen colon cleanse (Oxy-Powder) as its name suggests, releases oxygen in the entire digestive tract to soften and loosen the dry hard stool buildup so it can be flushed out naturally by the body through normal bowel movements.
Unlike laxatives and other constipation medicine, oxygen colon cleanse works in a completely natural and safe way. It doesn’t force your body to make a bowel movement or cause laxative dependency. For this reason, oxygen colon cleanse is considered safer and is the preferred choice of many natural health practitioners.
Oxy-Powder is included in many of our natural protocols, especially in cases of occasional constipation and digestive issues:
- Take 4 capsules of Oxy-Powder with 8 oz spring or distilled water on an empty stomach before bedtime away from any food or other supplements.
- Expect the next day to have a series of bowel movements with a big portion of the stored waste being eliminated.
- Most people feel a significant relief when the stool and waste buildup is being flushed out.
- If you have never taken oxy-powder before, start with 2 capsules and gradually increase if needed.
Find The Cause Of Your Constipation
You can take the strongest medicine for constipation or the fastest laxative. As long as the cause of the constipation is not fully addressed, there’s a good chance you will not be able to completely cure the constipation.
When to see your doctor:
If you have had severe or chronic constipation for over a week, and you can’t figure out the reason, we highly recommend that you should see your doctor, as there may be an underlying medical condition that causes the constipation.
Treat the cause, not the symptoms:
Below you will find the most common causes of constipation.
Becoming aware of these potential causes, make changes to your diet, lifestyle, or sharing what you have observed with your doctor can make a significant difference. In many cases, it is the turning point where things start to make sense.
This read may take additional 5 minutes of your time, but can save you long weeks of unnecessary suffering.