October 8, 2013 | Posted in Aging, Digestion / Liver

Constipation is a famous topic for the elderly, but it deserves some real attention and understanding in order to save oneself a lifetime of problems.


If a person has constipation issues for decades they can develop colon diverticulae, and become prone to diverticulitis.  Colon cancer and gall stones are also more frequent in patients who have chronic constipation.

 Children are more sedentary today and commonly eat processed foods so they have constipation more frequently today than in the past.  This causes the colon to be chronically stretched out of shape.  Toxins meant to be eliminated readily are in contact with the colon tissues for a long period of time.  Over decades, depending on genetic susceptibility, abnormal cell growth may occur.

The ideal time for a bowel movement is morning, when with the first mouthful of liquid or food, the gastro-colic reflex signals to the colon that it is time to empty out for a new day. Sitting on the toilet with a stool under the feet opens the pelvic floor and allows the bowel movement to exit more easily.

We would ideally be awake an hour and a half before we leave the house. See Polarity-rhythm. This gives us, whether adult or child, time to deal with our ‘vegetative’ side before we start our conscious tasks of the day — school and jobs, for most of us.

The three vegetative things we need to accomplish in the morning before leaving the house are

  • having a bowel movement,
  • developing an appetite and eating a hot protein-rich breakfast, and
  • dressing appropriately to the weather for that day, so fingers and toes are as warm as the warmest part of our body.

When we pay our vegetative dues, we function better on the conscious level for the rest of the day, as well as insure our optimum health.

To evaluate if you or your child have constipation or not, see the Bristol Stool Chart online http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bristol_stool_scale.  This applies to children over 1 yr old or who are not breastfed. Breastfed babies can have infrequent evacuations and not be constipated.

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Regular exercise, adequate fiber, and adequate fluids are the basic lifestyle components that promote healthy regular bowel movements that are soft, formed, and easy to pass. Fermented foods provide good bacteria and good yeast to normalize bowel function.

Excessive use of antibiotics often brings a state of near-paralysis or sluggishness to the digestive tract. Probiotics should be used after each course of antibiotics for three months, and longer if there are digestive problems.

True Botanica’s Gut Restore provides saccharomyces (good yeast), and Triple Strength Probiotics provides good bacteria.  For adults Gut Restore one capsule daily orally and Triple Strength Probiotics one capsule daily orally.

If in spite of these three lifestyle items being in place, a person has a stool form that is #1 or #2 or #3 on the Bristol Stool Chart, simply adding a small amount of magnesium orally at bedtime can help a great deal. Increase the dose of magnesium till the next morning’s bowel movement is soft, formed, easy to pass and looks like Bristol #4.

Vital Nutrients Magnesium Citrate or Magnesium Glycinate/Malate, and True Botanica’s Magnesium Reservoir are high quality products that work well. For adults, True Botanica Magnesium Reservoir begin with one capsule at bedtime orally; or Vital Nutrients Magnesium Citrate or Magnesium Glycinate/Malate begin with one capsule at bedtime orally.

For this purpose, it is better to use magnesium alone, not magnesium and calcium, since the calcium is slightly constipating, and can cancel the slightly laxative effect of magnesium.

We are often deficient in magnesium (see Trace minerals, magnesium, zinc) but absorb only a portion of it when we take it orally. In certain situations, a person may need topical magnesium as well, which does not have a laxative effect like oral magnesium does.

Digestive enzymes three times a day improve bowel function as well.  For adults, True Botanica Enzymes Plus one or two capsules with each meal orally.   This product combines digestive bitters and enzymes.

Digestive bitters enliven the digestive tract.  Uriel Chicory Ginger Bitters for adults 1/4 tsp three times per day orally preferably 30 minutes before each meal, or Weleda Amara drops for adults 7 drops in 1/2 teaspoon water three times per day orally preferably 30 minutes before each meal.

Copper ointment rubbed clockwise on the abdomen at bedtime and covered warmly brings warmth to the abdomen, relaxes spasm, and the clockwise motion follows the path of stool movement through the colon to exit.  Uriel Rose Copper Ointment for adults a small amount rubbed clockwise on the abdomen at bedtime, covered warmly.

Colon hydrotherapy is like a massage for the muscles of the colon, and clears off debris collected over years. Occasional colonics can benefit colon function.

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Constipation needs immediate medical attention if accompanied by abdominal pain, fever, or signs of acute illness.

Constipation should be evaluated by medical provider if it persists despite measures listed above.

There is a temporary release of bacteria into the bloodstream with each colonic, so people who receive colonics should have normal white cell count. Work with your healthcare provider before you do colonics, if you have any history or suspicion of low white blood cell counts.  Overly frequent colonics deplete minerals and the good bacteria/yeast population of the colon.

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