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TRSHEPPYSHAW SparkPoints: (0)
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4/13/11 1:38 P

"I reccomended it to a revovering anorexic friend when she said she did not want to take any pills to help her with the problem and she eats 3 a week as is more regular in her movements than she has ever been. "

Random thought:

I would be weary of suggesting laxitives to someone recovering from an ED regardless of her reasoning for using them... :S

Her doctor also told her to eat more kiwi fruit because they would have her with her movements, like I said, but also because of their nutritional if her hospital specialist said something along the same lines I am going to ignore your comment

ONMYOWNAM Posts: 571
4/13/11 12:40 P

Wow good to know all of this good info. Thanks!

MUCKLESHOOT SparkPoints: (0)
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4/13/11 12:37 P

I eat a full cup (regular serving is 1/2 cup) of Fiber One cereal (the original kind). If that doesn't work, I usually turn to a 'laxative' tea that has some senna in it. The herb is supposed to stimulate and contract your intestinal muscles so that you can achieve a BM. It works, but can cause mild cramping, and I'm not 100% sure how healthy it is, so I only use it when I'm really in need. But I usually stay pretty regular with a fiber- and water-rich diet, so I don't need these very often :)

BOOKWORM27S SparkPoints: (0)
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4/13/11 12:03 P

Taking a daily magnesium supplement really helps keep you regular too.

JWAKJA SparkPoints: (13,190)
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4/13/11 11:58 A

Daily 8 glasses help for every day effect

KIMI_SILVA SparkPoints: (43,157)
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4/13/11 11:57 A

Well, it has started to work. Just a bit, but not nearly enough. However, right now I have the bubble guts and a little bit of cramping. It will be worth it if I can get through this within the next 15 minutes. LoL!

4/13/11 11:46 A

I have this problem too and i love the ideas! Awesome!

DWAN1969 SparkPoints: (0)
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4/13/11 11:18 A

I take a multi-fiber supplement twice a day and that helps to keep me regular...without that supplement I will be regular but I still get that bloated feeling you get when you are constipated...

HAIL_10_ Posts: 387
4/13/11 11:16 A

"I reccomended it to a revovering anorexic friend when she said she did not want to take any pills to help her with the problem and she eats 3 a week as is more regular in her movements than she has ever been. "

Random thought:

I would be weary of suggesting laxitives to someone recovering from an ED regardless of her reasoning for using them... :S

Edited by: HAIL_10_ at: 4/13/2011 (11:17)
KIMI_SILVA SparkPoints: (43,157)
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4/13/11 10:53 A

I knew I could count on my fellow SParkers for the solution! LoL! I am drinking a cup of pickle juice right now, and hoping it works BEFORE I go to school in 90 minutes. That could be pretty awful.

TRINA001 SparkPoints: (0)
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4/2/11 8:22 P

drink warm water.

TRSHEPPYSHAW SparkPoints: (0)
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4/2/11 7:25 P

Kiwi fruit is one of nature's greatest laxatives. I did not know that until I ate 6 in 24 hours and lets say i was very unconstipated for over a week!

I reccomended it to a revovering anorexic friend when she said she did not want to take any pills to help her with the problem and she eats 3 a week as is more regular in her movements than she has ever been.

I do not have problems with constipation with having IBS and simply can't eat kiwi fruit coz it makes me ill! Lol, like I have to eat mainly tinned or frozen veg rather than fresh coz of all the cramping I get.

But kiwi fruit is one way to shift that problem.

4/2/11 6:36 P

Watermelon juice. Trader Joe's has it.

ANDREA409 SparkPoints: (0)
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4/2/11 6:33 P

In desperation once I googled fast home remedies and found the salt water cleanse. It really works.

It's also sorta hard to chug down salt water, so I'm grateful I don't have to do it very often. Just google it. There are many websites with info about it.

MNCYCLIST SparkPoints: (137,184)
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4/1/11 5:56 P

It's not fast-acting but go to India and eat the food--Delhi Belly will fix you right up!

NEVERORNOW SparkPoints: (237,479)
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4/1/11 5:53 P

I never heard that about pickle juice! Interesting. I try to keep ample fiber in my diet with whole-grain breads, Vitatops, dried prunes (Sunsweet Ones are great), oatmeal, etc. Don't often have a problem as long as I eat right and exercise often.

BREWERFAN71 SparkPoints: (32,482)
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4/1/11 5:09 P

Wow-I do have this problem once in a while,so the pickle juice is interesting! But what I also figured out is my problem usually happens over the weekend, when I may go 2-3 days without exercise. As soon as I start back up on Monday or Tuesday, it helps-but it's a good thing I work out at home, cuz sometimes it helps too fast! emoticon

TONI2011 SparkPoints: (31,917)
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4/1/11 4:59 P

This one isn't healthy but it works for me since i've been eating healthy. Guess I don't eat as much grease/fat as i used to cause if I eat a piece of fried chicken that starts everything moving!

KEELYME Posts: 1,162
4/1/11 4:49 P

Usually a combination of drinking lots of water, exercise (even though it's uncomfortable) and taking stool softener. Laxatives work, but I feel odd for a day or two afterward.

Prune or pear juice might also work.

RUNANDRUN SparkPoints: (45,952)
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3/31/11 11:34 P

I don't think I could do the pickle juice. I'd have to be pretty desperate.

_UMAMI_ Posts: 6,864
3/31/11 11:10 P

This is not for the original poster, just reminded me of something. I used to go have a pint or two (or three!) of Guinness after work with my co-workers, and it worked like a laxative on me. Terrible thing for a girl who doesn't like to do that kind of business in public!

When I had my c-section and was all kind of backed up in a scary way, I had to use the over-the-counter stuff. Yuck. I'm glad I never need stuff like that. Cooked spinach often has a laxative effect on me, too.

(I hope no one is reading this while they are eating!)

ETEIXEIRA717 SparkPoints: (0)
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3/31/11 5:33 P

FLAX SEEDS! All the way!

SHERI6-1-11 Posts: 15
3/20/11 1:05 A

Well now I know I can find anything on SparkPeople. It makes sense that it would work, as many other remedies are high in sodium to pull moisture into the intestines. Sure a lot cheaper than other things. Thanks for sharing.

3/20/11 12:29 A

Thanks, Trinity, for the explanation. It seemed weird, but that makes sense.

SLIMLILA SparkPoints: (100,502)
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3/20/11 12:01 A

how about oatmeal and bran buds and the flax seeds worked really well when my dd had her last baby and as you know they don't keep you in the hospital till post-BM anymore, so a couple days later she realized she was constipated and the flax seeds did the trick real quick... she just ate a spoonful of them.... you can grind them in your blender and put them in smoothies, meatloaf, muffins etc. etc.

3/19/11 11:26 P

eating prunes...

CRAZYGAGRANNY SparkPoints: (99,801)
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3/19/11 11:24 P

Just make sure you are getting plenty of fiber in your diet. I use flax seeds..I like adding them to just about all my cooked dishes and it keeps everyone regular.

Have a great day!

GINGERVISTA Posts: 6,236
3/19/11 11:21 P

I RARELY have that problem, but it's good to know, just in case. emoticon

JOJO58 SparkPoints: (56,190)
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3/19/11 11:11 P

Hmmm, very interesting. I will have to remember that.

ALICIA214 SparkPoints: (384,810)
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3/19/11 10:09 P

WOW!! You can learn something new every day on this site.


3/19/11 9:39 P

Prune jucie


ALEXANDERLISA SparkPoints: (11,648)
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3/19/11 8:19 P

Its like the song "ACTIVIA" emoticon

3/19/11 8:16 P

The reason the pickle juice works is that it's high in sodium, which causes your body to draw more water into your bowels and then flush out your system. Once you have had the 8 oz of pickle juice, you are supposed to follow with 8 oz water (to provide your body with enough hydration to draw the excess water into your bowels).

Magnesium citrate works on the same principle.

Pickle juice is very high in sodium, so this shouldn't be an everyday cure, but as a one-off it shouldn't be too harmful.

If you're looking for something that you can take regularly, polyethylene glycol might work. It's (relatively) tasteless and odourless, you mix with water and it helps to maintain regular BMs.

PLATEAU11 Posts: 1,048
3/19/11 6:55 P

activia works for me.

CIRANDELLA SparkPoints: (0)
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3/19/11 6:14 P

...and there's always Metamucil...

CAMEOSUN SparkPoints: (86,617)
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3/19/11 3:57 P

Well, you learn something new every day. emoticon for sharing I never heard that before.

CMERLE1 Posts: 26,042
3/19/11 3:20 P

I personally would not recommend enemas or laxatives on a daily basis as you can become dependent on them and then run into more problems.

I usually have a bowl of Honey Nut Cheerios and it helps me.

GARDENDIVA2 Posts: 612
3/19/11 3:13 P

I have found that graham crackers help this situation. I like the low fat plain or cinnamon. You get lots of fiber and it cures the sweet craving.

SPMOM2 Posts: 5,754
3/19/11 2:05 P

magnesium citrate works in 1 hour.

TIME2BLOOM4ME SparkPoints: (0)
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3/19/11 1:59 P

PUSH !!! Prunes, enemas, magnesium, probiotics, herbs.

BARBARAA9 Posts: 660
3/19/11 1:16 P

Interesting. Had not heard that about pickle juice. But I don't know if I could get 8 oz down. But it sounds like it would be worth a try if needed.

GLOW8211 SparkPoints: (69,786)
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3/19/11 12:44 P

Thank you for Sharing! I also find if you eat an apple or pear on an empty stomach before you go to bed... it keeps you regular too.

LAURENROSEMD SparkPoints: (0)
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3/19/11 12:39 P

yea....I thought about that too before I did it, but I didn't have anything else available. So, the benefits for me outweighed the sodium issue. lol

ELLEN0407 Posts: 2,037
3/19/11 11:24 A

every morning i have 3 cups of coffee and then watch out. also, once you "go" then eat 1-3 prunes daily and it should keep you regular and they are tasty.

YELLOWDAHLIA SparkPoints: (94,861)
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3/19/11 9:08 A

Yikes, the sodium in pickle juice.....

EOWYN2424 Posts: 9,108
3/19/11 8:52 A

paw paw works too, but I find something spicy and sour like assam laksa works too.

4ME_4US SparkPoints: (0)
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3/19/11 8:14 A

aside from a laxative, I suggest green tea (if the constipation is causing a discomfort). I drink a strong lemon water that helps keep me regular. Its not like straight lemon juice, but its not just lightly flavored. I usually fill up my nalgene and then dump in 4 seconds of a light stream of lemon juice (weird way to measure, I know). Usually the entire thing has a tinge of yellow.

FLYME2MOON Posts: 1,420
3/19/11 7:54 A

lots of water and some say chocolate

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LAURENROSEMD SparkPoints: (0)
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3/19/11 2:22 A

Let me get right to the point. lol I have been constipated for the last couple of days, and tonight I'd finally had enough. I remembered reading that pickle juice works wonders, and so I decided to give it a try after reading an article that supported the idea. I drank 8oz of the pickle juice.
So, did it work? Absolutely! And it worked in less than 30mins which is pretty incredible. I wasn't sure of what to expect, but the results are fantastic. Now I know that there's no need to run out and buy a drug laxative. I'll just keep pickle juice in the refrigerator.
If you're constipated and don't happen to have senna or Exlax around the house, but you do have pickles, go for the pickle juice! Well, that's it for now. I just wanted to pass this nice little tip on to the Sparkpeople community.
I've actually had a lot of vinegar today because I not only gave in to a Salt & Vinegar chip craving, but also a pickle craving. Then I added more to it when I downed 8oz of pickle juice. lol But I feel pretty fantastic.
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