30 April 2013

Help, I Haven't Pooped In a Week!

Sorry. This is kinda disgusting and straight to the point. But that is what happened to me a week ago.

Disgusting. Picture found on twitter.com/lottscat via http://weheartit.com

I haven't pooped for a week and it was getting uncomfortable. I felt horribly bloated and headaches. I felt my body is like a clogged pipe and I need vacuum cleaner pipe to suck it out. I am so desperate to cure it! My husband said, this constipation may be a result of using fiber supplement over a long period of time to aid weight loss. Long term use of fiber supplement can lead to dependency. At one point, one cannot have a bowel movement without such medicinal aides. I thought he was right after all. Low doses of this kind of laxatives does not work on me anymore. As a matter of fact, I am again tempted to drink another fiber supplement to relieve this constipation. But I am glad I didn't.

Have you experience constipation before, and how do you relieve it and get regular?

I drank lots of water because that is the only way I know that can help to relive constipation. Seems not work. Then my mom stop by at our house yesterday to see my son. My son has hand, foot and mouth disease. He get pretty bad rashes and blisters on his hands, foot and mouth. But that is another story. Mom brought gifts basket with bunch of banana in it. I stuffed myself eating banana all last night. Thank God, this morning I have my bowel movement, the first in over a week. But boy that turn to be not an easy business. I spend a long time on the loo just because it's a very "hard process". We're talking about "a-one-week-accumulative." Made me think to myself that giving birth is easier than this.

Constipation: incredibly hard poop
"Hard work": I was like this in the loo. I feel 'it' at the base there but can't pass it
out, no matter how much I strain. Photo Credit www.skepticalob.com 

If you suffer from frequent constipation, I thought this easy tips to relieve constipation from Natural Health Restored might be useful to you:

1. Drink enough water

Water help wash waste and toxins out of your body. Drink 10 to 20 ounces of pure water the first thing every morning. Add fresh lemon juice to your warm water for extra cleansing.

2. Dietary fiber
A plant based diet of fresh fruits, vegetables, whole grains, legumes, nuts and seeds is naturally full of fiber. Aim for at least 24 to 38 grams of fiber a day. Prunes are a natural laxative food. Figs are full of fiber. Add them to your diet to prevent constipation. Or, eat one or more fresh figs every day to relieve constipation. Greens and green drinks contain chlorophyll which helps to get rid of toxins and bad breath from constipation.

3. Exercise
Exercise at least 30 minutes a day can improve your digestion. And the physical activity will helps to keep things moving on the inside.

4. Lifestyle
Regular exercise can improve your mood, stamina and sex life.
Regular exercise can improve your mood, stamina and sex life. 
Photo Credit www.facebook.com/zairol.sham.5
  • Let go of stress
  • Avoid eating too much food at one meal. Eat smaller portion instead.
  • Eliminate foods that cause constipation like junk foods, pastries, cheese, ice cream, whole milk, and processed foods. 
  • Go to the bathroom when you get the urge. If you hold the urge often enough, your body will stop telling you when it needs to go. 

Now your turn...
Do you have anything to add to this list? I want to hear your story or opinion and how you cure/avoid constipation. 

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  1. HI there Honey! Your Mother was spot on with those bananas! They always send me going. I also get pretty instant results from eating about 20 almonds! I drink a ton of water as well. I would normally recommend a fiber supplement and Magnesium citrate for a 1 time use to my patients. Glad you got that taken care of.

    1. That is mother instinct, Joi. I am so grateful. I never heard about almond before, but after reading your comment I should include this in my diet too. For the time being I try to avoid any kind of fiber supplement. I try to go au naturel :) Thanks for your helpful insight.

  2. Oh my! Constipation is NO FUN! I'm glad you were able to get over it though! Stopping in from SITS!

    1. Not fun at all, B.Jenkins. Never want to go through such experience again. Thanks for stopping by.

  3. If I only go once a day I freak out. I go everyday twice lol. I eat lots of veggies and drink about a gallon of water and eat fruit everyday. I would be really upset with not going for a week. I hope this does not happen again.

    1. wow. no wonder you're blessedly slim. Thanks for sharing your tips.

  4. That happened to me when I was pregnant with my second. It was horrible! I was so worried about myself. I know that lots of water with fiber is a solution, as well as exercise, but I could barely eat, drink or exercise since I felt so lousy. It corrected itself and never came back but it was really rough. You gave some great tips, though. Vegetables, and I mean lots of them, always works for me.

    1. I don't remember being constipated in my pregnancy, but i experience worrisome one after giving birth. I'm actually not a fan of vegetables. I just eat veggies that I find a little appealing. I need to learn to love vegetables from now on. :)

  5. Eek, I hate when this happens. It mainly happens to me when I've been consuming too much junk food or when I'm pregnant.

    1. I don't remember being constipated at all in my pregnancy. But junk food? Yes, might be the culprit. I just discovered that one :P

  6. Yikes, I hope something gets you moving! :)

  7. Popped in from SITS! I have IBS so this happens to me all the time! What always helps me is sweet potatoes.

    1. I never have this idea about the sweet potatoes. But that is one of my favorite. Glad you shared.


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