Being constipated can give you a feeling of sluggishness, or being dragged down. A feeling of "blah". And, in many cases, it is so unnecessary.

But first, lets agree on what constipation is...

My dictionary states that constipation is an irregular, infrequent or difficult evacuation of the bowels. And it can be cause by a number of factors, some of which are:-
  • Not enough water, or fluid intake on a day to day basis.
  • Inadequate fibre in the diet.
  • Not enough exercise or physical activity.
  • One's regular diet or routine being interrupted.
  • Purposely delaying the urge to go to the toilet, either because the time is inconvenient, or because "going" would cause pain or discomfort, for instance if suffering from haemorroids.
  • Over-use of laxatives.
Assuming there are no "physical" reasons to prevent someone from passing a motion, I have found the following three step plan to be highly effective in many cases.

First step. Check your activity level
Buy a pedometer (an appliance that counts the number of steps you take). They are inexpensive, being just a few pounds or dollars each. You just clip one onto your belt or skirt and it will automatically count the number of steps you take within a given period.

Make a note of how many steps you take on a day to day basis and then simply increase that number by just ten per cent each day.
The ideal number is to take 10,000 steps each day.

Increase your activity

Walking pumps the muscles, gets your circulation going and helps the bowels to function healthily.

You will soon reap the benefits in better health and more regular motions.

Second step. Check your fluid intake

You should aim to drink between two and two and a half lites of water each and every day.

Our bodies hold a large percentage of water in the cells and if we get dehydrated we just cannot funcion properly. Added to that, if the stool "dries out" when it is in the colon we will faced with a hard dry stool which is a contributory factor of being constipated.

The easiest way to ensure you have enough water each day is to obtain a bottle of the desired capacity (buying a two litre bottle of water would do it), and each day fill up your water bottle with tap water, or buy another bottle of spring water. Just treat the water as your "medicine" to be taken each day.

Get into the routine, for instance, of filling and drinking a glass of water, filled from your bottle, each time you make a drink of coffee or tea. Or take a drink from it each time you go to the fridge. It really doesn't matter how or what you do, as long as you manage to drink the bottle fulll of water each and every day.

Third step. Take some linseed each day
I have found that a really effective remedy for constipation - even severe constipation - is linseed, or, as it is known in some parts of the world - flaxseed.

It is a natural product, and can be purchased all the year round from "health food" shops, some chemists or drugstores, some supermarkets, by mail order and via the internet.

Many people who have suffered for several years with no relief have found that taking the linseed regularly, as described here, has brought them the constipation relief they were desperately hoping for.

Linseed (or Flaxseed)

When linseed is taken, its high fibre and mucilage content swells when it comes into contact with water, and this occurance, hopefully, will be when it is in the intestines.

What happens is that the reaction of the swelling of the linseed stimulates a contracting reaction of the intestine's muscles, which, in turn, stimulates a bowel movement.

It is an automatic reaction chain which can't help but bring about the desired result. And an added benefit is that the whole process is a natural action/ reaction, and so taking a daily dose of linseed is especially suited to long term use.

People vary in the amount of linseed they need to take for the desired result to occur. And so it is recommended that you start with a smaller amount, and then gradually increase the daily dose until your constipation is remedied.

The correct amount to take would be anywhere between one teaspoonful to one tablespoonful daily. It is best taken with water or simply sprinkled onto salads, breakfast cereals or porridge before eating.

I need to point our, here, that even though linseed can be used to sooth irritated intestines, it - and other high fibre foods - should not be taken by anyone with a bowel obstruction, or narrowing of the digestive tract.
Linseed should also be avoided by anyone with inflammation of the gullet, intestine, or stomach entrance. You are also advised to seek the opinion of your doctor before changing your eating habits or lifestyle.
Furthemore, anyone with cancer of the gullet (oesophagus) or bowel should check with their doctor before taking linseed or increasing the fibre in their diet.

That said, the above three step procedure has proved highly effective in helping remedy even chronic costipation in people of all ages. For more information, go to my constipation cure.

All I can do is suggest you try it and see how it can work for you, and hopefully you will be able to enjoy regular and healthy motions each and every day.