Niagara Gazette — MAGNESIUM: Magnesium deficiency can lead to constipation. Magnesium glycinate or amino acid chelate works best in the dose of 400 to 600 mg daily.
COLON HYDROTHERAPY: This is a safe process that removes impacted fecal matter from the colon. It also helps to restore function to a colon that has become over-distended and underproductive. Typically a series of three to six sessions is recommended to restore bowel health and function.
HERBAL LAXATIVES/STIMULANTS: These are beneficial for only occasional use. If frequently used, dependency becomes an issue.
ABDOMINAL MASSAGE: A beneficial therapy that can be done by anyone. Daily abdominal massage stimulates peristalsis and facilitates the urge to go.
CASTER OIL PACKS: These warm packs applied at least three times per week will improve your bowel habits.
These are just some of the more popular remedies that are tried and true. For a small percent of the population, chronic constipation is not related to diet or lifestyle. These are the individuals that have suffered life-long constipation. I would assume that the problem has more to do with their anatomy than anything else. Unfortunately, these people are best remedied by filling their toolbox up with a combination of supplies and therapies. One remedy will not likely work very long and they need to switch things up on a regular basis.
More information can be found at www.constipatedlife.com.
Catherine Stack is a doctor of naturopathy and a certified nurse midwife. Her practice is located at Journey II Health in Niagara Falls. Contact her at 298-8603 or at her website at www.journeyiihealth.com.