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Immediate Constipation Relief
This experts guide is designed to help you get an immediate constipation relief, naturally, safely, fast without medicine.
While we do cover the most effective natural home remedies known to provide a fastest acting instant constipation relief, it is very important to also identify the reason you have constipation, as the treatment you may need can be completely different.
1 – Find The Cause Of Your Constipation
Constipation in adults is very common. In fact, it is one of the most common bowel problems in the western world, impacting 63 million Americans. For this reason, and due to the many unpleasant symptoms of constipation, very often people focus more on the immediate constipation relief and less on the cause of the constipation.
Instant constipation relief is sometimes a must. It doesn’t however come instead of treating the cause of the constipation. You can take the strongest medicine for constipation, the fastest laxative, as long as the cause of the constipation is not fully addressed, you will not be able to get rid of constipation. There’s a good chance it may even get worse as the root cause may evolve and become more severe.
To help you with this process, 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 health provider can make a significant difference. In many cases, it is the turning point where things start to make sense.
If any of these apply to you, there’s a good chance you will feel an immediate constipation relief once you have them addressed.
This read may take additional 5 minutes of your time, but can save you long weeks of unnecessary suffering.
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 also an underlying medical condition that causes the constipation. Additional cases where you should also consult with your doctor before taking any constipation medicine include constipation in kids and constipation during pregnancy.
2 – Cleanse Your Colon
You do your best to eat healthy, avoid foods that cause constipation, already saw your doctor and according to the tests, there are no related medical conditions. You still suffer from occasional constipation. Now what?
One of the best natural ways that can provide an immediate constipation relief is to cleanse your colon in order to help your body release the waste buildup in your digestive tract and colon.
This is exactly what an oxygen colon cleanse (Oxy-Powder®) is designed to do.
As its name suggests, oxygen colon cleanse releases oxygen in the entire digestive tract and intestines to soften and loosen dry hard waste 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 more effective than fiber, herbal laxatives or osmotic laxatives and is the preferred choice of many natural health practitioners.
To use oxygen colon cleanse:
- 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 this waste buildup is being flushed out.
- If you have never taken oxy-powder before, start with 2 capsules and gradually increase if needed.
- Adding the juice of ½ organic lemon to the water can increase the effectiveness.
To learn more about using oxy-powder for constipation, see Oxygen colon cleanse for constipation.
3 – Drink Coffee
Another natural way that can help to provide an immediate constipation relief is coffee. In many cases, it literally means instant constipation relief. Many people experience a bowel movement minutes after drinking coffee. According to one study, caffeinated coffee was shown to stimulate colonic activity similar to a 1000 calories meal! This study also showed that caffeinated coffee effect on colonic activity was 60% stronger than water and 23% stronger than decaffeinated coffee (1).
Using coffee for the purpose of an immediate constipation relief however, may be different from drinking coffee at Starbucks. Here are a few important guidelines you should consider:
- Coffee doesn’t agree with all people. If you notice that drinking coffee makes you jittery or cause other discomforts, reduce the amount, replace the coffee type or stop drinking coffee. According to research, some people may have a negative reaction to coffee and do not feel or get the benefits from it.
- The quality of the coffee matters. Prefer organic low-acid coffee. Drinking high acidic or low quality coffee can actually damage your gut!
- Coffee and water: Do not add milk, cream or other dairy derived ingredients to your coffee as they may cause constipation and also weaken the effectiveness of the coffee. Is is best to not add anything but water to your coffee.
- Use coffee strategically: drink the minimum amount of coffee needed that trigger a bowel movement, ideally not every day.
Drinking large amount of coffee or drinking coffee several times a day may cause your body to get used to the coffee and is known to weaken its effect. It can also increase the chances of getting dehydrated which can lead to constipation.
- Avoid dehydration: increase your water consumption throughout the day to prevent dehydration.
4 – Consider Enemas
Enema is one of the oldest remedies known to provide an immediate constipation relief, with a very long history of traditional use. Enemas have been practiced for centuries since the days of the ancient Egyptians and Greeks.
Using enema for constipation works by injecting liquids into the lower part of the colon through the rectum in order to loosen and release trapped stool and waste. This typically triggers one or more bowel movements, helping to flush out the trapped stool and waste.
This entire process of using enema for constipation usually takes 10-40 minutes, making enema a very effective natural way that can provide an instant constipation relief.
Before you use enemas for constipation, a few important things you need to know.
- If you have never done enemas before, you may want to consider other less invasive options for an immediate constipation relief; doing enemas properly requires practice where you learn how your body responds to the process, and adjust it based on your experience. Doing enema for the first time when you are desperately looking for that instant constipation relief, may not provide you the results you are looking for.
- Using enema is not recommended on a regular basis. Frequent use of enemas may cause injury and infections. If the liquid used contains additional ingredients other than water, direct infection or toxicity from the ingredients may occur as well (2).
- Other side effects and risks from using enemas may include rectal bleeding, vomiting, anal irritation, nausea, dizziness, abdominal pain, and electrolyte imbalances such as hyponatremia (low levels of sodium in the blood).
5 – Exercise
The potential benefits of exercise for constipation have been suggested by many studies. Whether exercise can provide an immediate constipation relief or may take more time to have an effect, it is still a very safe way you may want to try.
Exercise may be especially effective if you have a history of lack of physical activity. Constipation has been linked to lack of physical activity or a sedentary lifestyle (3). This connection between exercise and constipation was further demonstrated in various studies where inactive people that had chronic constipation were able to relieve their constipation symptoms after they started to exercise. In these cases, exercise was shown to improve the elimination of waste from the digestive tract or the transit time of food in the colon (4).
Instant Constipation Relief: Risks & Misconceptions
Now that we covered the most effective and safe ways that can help provide an instant constipation relief, we’ll cover the risky remedies as well as the controversial ones.
- Laxative Dependency: ongoing use of laxatives, even natural ones, can lead to laxative dependency.
This means that you won’t be able to make regular bowel movements without the use of laxatives. Unfortunately, it is a very common problem that many people have to deal with after overusing laxatives. For this reason, be very careful before taking any laxative herbs or medicine that force your body to make a bowel movement.
- Fiber: having the right amount of fiber your body needs can prevent constipation or ease the symptoms of constipation by promoting healthy bowel movements. On the other hand, not having enough fiber, consuming too much fiber, or getting fiber from sources (food or supplements) you are sensitive to can lead to constipation or other digestive issues.
The ideal way to use fiber for constipation is to get your fiber from whole foods that agree with your body at the right amount your body needs. This may vary between people, as our digestive system and nutritional needs are different.
Adjusting your fiber consumption may take time and for this reason should be considered more as a general dietary change for overall good health rather than for an immediate constipation relief.
- Probiotics: probiotics supplements work by populating the intestines with beneficial organisms that can help promote healthy digestion and normal bowel movements. According to research, probiotics can relieve the symptoms of constipation by improving the intestinal tract transit time, stool frequency, stool consistency, and by promoting regular bowel movements.
These benefits however, 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.
- Is coffee a colonic stimulant? (1).
- “The medicine from behind”: The frequent use of enemas in western African traditional medicine (2).
- Physical Activity and Constipation in Hong Kong Adolescents (3).
- Effects of regular physical activity on defecation pattern in middle-aged patients complaining of chronic constipation (4).