Is your digestive system less than optimal? I know, not exactly dinner conversation much less, something you’d talk about with strangers but seriously, if your digestive system is sluggish, you’re going to want to stick around. Wahooo, I know you’re thinking, she’s going to reveal the secret treatment for constipation…what could be better!?!
We’ve all been constipated at one time or another and it pretty much sucks. What is the treatment for constipation?
You feel like you’ve been eating greens and veggies for days but that’s not helping. You’ve drank so much water, you could fill a bathtub. You’ve hit up Pinterest for all the home remedies and while they may work in the short term, nothing seems to keep things moving on a regular basis.
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What Causes Constipation?
If you’re me, the question is more likely, what doesn’t. I have struggled with a sluggish digestive system for my whole life. I was about to say entire and while they mean the same thing, entire sounds so much more dramatic and a bit over the top (insert eye roll) so I’m going to go with ‘whole’.
I remember when I was younger I had to take laxatives every so often when things got bad.
Then I discovered coffee and that seemed to help, until sometimes it didn’t.
Traveling always threw me off so I made sure to pack laxatives in my suitcase.
Surely there is some natural treatment for constipation?
Constipation can be the result of
- blockages in the colon or rectum
- problems with the nerves around the colon or rectum caused by diseases such as Parkinson’s, Multiple sclerosis, stroke, spinal cord injury, etc.
- conditions the effect hormones in the body
If you suspect any of these, I suggest you consult a medical professional. I am not a medical professional and am only sharing my own personal experience. I got my medical degree from the same place most people do, Google U.
Treatment for Constipation
Back in the day when I was a kid, I can remember eating an entire glass jar of homemade canned pears in an effort to alleviate the horrible pain I was experiencing from being constipated.
I’m not entirely sure it worked, maybe I just blacked out and it’s all just a fuzzy memory. Not true but sounds awfully dramatic, no?
In this more modern era of my adulthood, with the help of Pinterest, I’ve tried the following:
- celery juice on the daily
- some combination of water, salt, lemon slices and cucumbers
- combination of chia seeds, flax seeds, honey and something else
- a variety of yoga poses
- and probably a bunch more that I’ve blocked out of my memory
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My Experience with Keto
You’re probably thinking what does keto have to do with treating constipation? Well, nothing but for me, everything.
A while back I thought I would try out this ‘keto’ everyone was talking about. Not the ‘dirty keto’ or the ‘lazy keto’ but the keto that included all sorts of healthy proteins, good fats and good leafy green veggies.
I won’t go into the details of why I started keto or what it was like or why I stopped but it was during my ‘keto experience’ that I had been following Leanne Vogel at Healthful Pursuit and on one of her podcast episodes, she was talking about the supplements she was taking.
Probiotic for Constipation
I knew enough about the importance of gut health and probiotics to be dangerous but couldn’t seem to get myself into a solid routine of taking a probiotic on the daily. Partially because many of them required refrigeration and I never remembered to take it.
On the podcast, Leanne said she was taking this NOW Foods probiotic
As soon as I got home (I listen to podcasts, when I’m in the car alone, chauffeuring my kiddos to and from everywhere), I checked out the probiotic on Amazon and immediately purchased it.
It was shelf stable so I keep it right next to my bathroom sink and never forget to take it. We have been using several other NOW Foods supplements for several years so I trust and use this brand daily.
I’ve been taking this probiotic for about a year now and honestly, haven’t said much about it because I’m afraid I’ll jinx myself and it’ll stop working. I know, ridiculous but come on, how many ridiculous things have you convinced yourself of in the past day?
I take it on trips with me and it does help me to stay mostly regular during those times I’m ‘out of routine’. Sometimes it’s taken me a few days to get back to ‘normal’ but this probiotic has been a total life changer.
I do think a good probiotic is something everyone should take but if you have digestive issues and are not taking one, I really encourage you to give it a try. Talk to your doctor first, again, my degree is from Google.
Do you take a probiotic? Do your kids? Reply back and tell me your favorite supplements.
Make it a green day!