Eliminate Constipation the Natural Way

February 12th, 2013 by Loretta Lanphier, NP, BCTN, CN, CH, HHP

Eliminate Constipation the Natural Way

Constipation is currently a widespread concern for many people. It seems to worsen as our health continues to deteriorate from a poor diet, sedentary lifestyle, and other bad habits. Unfortunately, constipation is more than just a nuisance or inconvenience. When waste is not regularly and efficiently eliminated from the bowel, it exposes your body to toxins, leading to severe conditions like colon cancer and other potentially life-threatening diseases. The good news is that regularity is a by-product of a wellness lifestyle, and one can eliminate constipation, in most cases, through digestive tract cleansing, a healthy diet, proper hydration, and getting plenty of exercise — things we should be doing anyway.

How do I Know if I Have a Constipation Concern?

Everyone should experience at least three bowel movements daily in a perfect world. Some researchers estimate that 4-5 million Americans are diagnosed with constipation annually, but this figure is likely meager. Why? Simply because mainstream physicians don’t get the importance of 2-3 bowel movements daily, and in fact, consider such a goal to be ridiculous. Some doctors tell their patients that moving their bowels once a week is normal and okay for them! No wonder colon cancer and bowel disease are on the rise.

The truth is that we are designed to quickly process the food we eat and eliminate the waste products promptly. In more primitive cultures — especially when the diet is primarily raw grains, fruits, and vegetables instead of processed and refined foods — it is common for people to eliminate about 20 minutes after every meal, which happens several times daily.

If you do not have bowel movements often enough, suffer from hard stools, have to strain to move your bowels, or experience foul-smelling stools, it’s time to get concerned about the health of your bowel as these symptoms definitely qualify as having a constipation concern. The subject of eliminating constipation without the use of toxic chemicals and harsh herbs should be important to you.

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Major Causes of Constipation

There are many causes of constipation, and the damage caused by constipation can sometimes be tough to repair. A permanently damaged bowel is called Hirschsprung’s disease — which means the nerves going to the bowel have been permanently damaged or destroyed. It’s a common disease affecting millions of people; however, conventional doctors do not seem to diagnose it.

  • Iron supplements
  • Unhealthy diet — lack of fiber
  • Lack of exercise
  • Pregnancy
  • Painkillers
  • Cancer treatments
  • Parkinson’s Disease
  • Antidepressants
  • Low Thyroid Hormones
  • Kidney malfunction
  • Diabetes
  • Dehydration
  • Cough Syrup
  • Codeine
  • Heart Medication
  • Calcium Carbonate Supplements — TUMS, etc.
  • Antihistamines

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How to Eliminate Constipation

The health of the bowel is an excellent indicator of the entire body’s condition. Most cases of constipation are simply the result of poor lifestyle choices. Some of the best steps one can take to eliminate constipation include:

Eat a Healthy Diet

Eliminate junk food, unhealthy-fat/low-fiber foods, refined sugar, and processed foods. Fiber is necessary for good bowel health, and a diet high in raw foods, whole grains, and a variety of organic fruits and vegetables will be your colon’s best friend. You will not be constipated, and your bowel will be able to absorb a maximum amount of nutrients from the quality fuel you provide for your body.

Stay Hydrated

Many cases of constipation are solely due to dehydration. Be sure to drink 6-8 glasses of filtered water daily, and eliminate caffeinated beverages such as coffee and soft drinks.


Regular physical activity provides numerous health benefits, and preventing constipation is one. Exercise improves muscle tone and performance in the intestinal tract, allowing for more effective waste elimination. Exercises to consider are walking, rebounding, Yoga and Tai-Chi.

Don’t “Put Off” the Urge

One key to regularity is promptly moving your bowels when the urge occurs, rather than postponing it until later. Allowing fecal matter to stay in your gut any longer than necessary only contributes to bowel compaction and constipation, and it enables toxins to enter the body and produce disease.

Colon Cleansing

Regular use of an oxygen-based colon cleansing product such as Oxy-Powder® will help promote regularity and do wonders for the overall health of your digestive tract. It will help to clear and prevent the accumulation of waste, an issue that can cause constipation and lead to more serious bowel disorders. My family and I have personally used this product for many years, and I have also seen its success for clients suffering from constipation.

Use a Spore-Bearing Probiotic

Much of the action in the digestive tract, both absorption of nutrients and elimination waste, is made possible by the presence of beneficial bacteria. One cause of constipation and other bowel concerns is a lack of such flora, often due to the overuse of antibiotic drugs. Supplementation with a quality probiotic is a powerful way to keep your bowel healthy.

Eliminate Stress

Stress is very destructive to both mind and body, and constipation can be caused by stress. Learning how to deal with the pressures of modern life is a considerable step towards wellness. Suggestions for how to combat stress naturally include prayer and meditation, relaxation techniques, EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique), exercise, deep breathing, and plenty of healthy and restful sleep, to name a few.

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Because Laughter Is The Best MedicineHere’s a constipation joke that you can share with your family and friends.

All the organs of the body were having a meeting, trying to decide who was in charge.

The brain said: “I should be in charge because I run all the body’s systems, so without me, nothing would happen.”

“I should be in charge,” said the heart, “because I pump the blood and circulate oxygen all over the body, so without me, you’d all waste away.”

“I should be in charge,” said the stomach, “because I process food and give all of you energy.”

“I should be in charge,” said the colon, “because I’m responsible for waste removal.”

All the other body parts laughed at the colon and insulted him, so in a huff, he shut down tight. Within a few days, the brain had a terrible headache, the stomach was bloated, and the blood was toxic.

Eventually, the other organs gave in. They all agreed that the colon should be the boss.

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Loretta Lanphier is a Naturopath Practitioner, Board Certified Traditional Naturopath, Certified Clinical Nutritionist, Holistic Health Practitioner, and Certified Clinical Herbalist as well as the CEO / Founder of Oasis Advanced Wellness in The Woodlands TX. She has studied and performed extensive research in health science, natural hormone balancing, anti-aging techniques, nutrition, natural medicine, weight loss, herbal remedies, non-toxic cancer support. She is actively involved in researching new natural health protocols and products. A  21-year stage 3 colon cancer survivor, Loretta can relate to both-sides-of-the-health-coin as patient and practitioner regarding health and wellness. “My passion is counseling others about what it takes to keep the whole body healthy using natural and non-toxic methods.” Read Loretta’s health testimony Cancer: The Path to Healing. Loretta is a Contributor and Editor of the worldwide E-newsletter Advanced Health & Wellness. Check out Oasis Advanced Wellness and our natural skin care site Oasis Serene Botanicals.
†Results may vary. Information and statements made are for education purposes and are not intended to replace the advice of your doctor. Oasis Advanced Wellness/OAWHealth does not dispense medical advice, prescribe, or diagnose illness. The views and nutritional advice expressed by Oasis Advanced Wellness/OAWHealth are not intended to be a substitute for conventional medical service. If you have a severe medical condition or health concern, see your physician of choice.









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