Can’t Poop? Here’s What to Do…

Uh oh. Your moment has come and gone, but all is still quiet on the southern front. Constipationóit’s a rough situation. The bloating, the heaviness, the lethargy, the suspenseóbecoming irregular is never a pleasant experience. But, whether it is induced by movement, stress or a lax diet, a missed poop-ortunity happens to all of us at one point or another. But what can you actually do to beat constipation when it strikes? Here are 7 tips that could help you out of a stinky situation:

Eat a lot more fiber.

The more fiber you can eat, the easier it will be to move blockages through your bowels. There are plenty of nutritious grains, like oatmeal or teff, that can prove tremendously helpful in getting things moving. But it never hurts to eat a lot more eat berries, leafy greens and root veggies. Tigernuts, flax, chia and psyllium husk work wonders, too. And when in doubt, there is always the humble prune. Yes, they actually do work. Prunes contain sorbitol and dihydrophenylisatin, both of which can help alleviate constipation. Just be sure to drink extra water to accommodate your upped fiber intake.

Take a squat.

When you squat, you are getting your insides into alignment to promote quick and easy evacuation. Our bodies are designed to poop in a squatting position. It’s healthy; it’s primal. If you are constipated, chill out in a relaxed squat for as long as you can manage and do something to take your mind off of your bathroom issues. If you are having issues on the regular, perhaps it is time to invest in a Squatty Potty.

Drink some lemon water.

If youíre constipated, you may simply be dehydrated. Drinking some warm water in the morning, especially with lemon to stimulate contractions in the digestive tract, may help get things moving again. It is probably a good idea to make lemon water a morning ritual, since it works to detoxify and energize the body as well.

Toss in some fermented foods.

Since your gut bacteria pretty much decides when and how often you poop, they might be asking for a little love if you’re constipated. Eating foods like yogurt, kimchi and sauerkraut when you are constipated can encourage bacterial balance in your body and blissfully restore you to your regular schedule.

Related: 3 Great Vegan Fermented Foods to Make at Home

Go for a run.

Sitting for long bouts of time without moving (like in an office or on a plane) can result in an intestinal clog. Your best course of action, in this case, may be to go for a run. The motion of running vibrates the intestines in such a powerful way that the scatological result has infamously become known as “runner’s trots”. †If you haven’t moved your body in a while, it’s possible that things have become a little stuck and stagnant in your lower pipes. Going for a quick jog can be the thing you need to get things moving again. If you are unable to run, try some bowel-friendly yoga poses.

Youíre stressed or uncomfortable.

Do you get constipated anytime you travel away from home for more than a day? A lot of people experience constipation when they are in unfamiliar situation, after they’ve been on a long flight or before a nerve-wracking event. This may be due to your gut bacteria adjusting to a new environment. Or it could just mean you’re a little more tense because of the stress, so your fight-or-flight response is engaged. Try some meditation and relaxation techniques, do some gentle yoga and eat fermented foods to help your gut critters feel healthy and at home.

You havenít had coffee.

Yes, coffee is pretty much Poop Power Fuel, but if you drink a daily cup of coffee for long enough, your body becomes addicted to that laxative support. Correspondingly, if you stop drinking coffee for a day or two, you may find that you get a little blocked up. Ideally, the solution would be to not get addicted to coffee in the first place, but let’s be realistic, that’s crazy talk. Instead, keep an emergency tea bag or instant coffee packet in your bag when traveling and consider starting to form a new habit of drinking coffee a little later in the mornings. By allowing a glass of lemon water to stimulate your system and drinking coffee an hour or two later, you become less reliant on coffee for your morning poop. It’s all smooth sailing from there.

What are your most effective constipation protocols? Share your best tips below.

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Jack Y
Jack Y4 months ago

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Jack Y
Jack Y4 months ago

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John J
John J4 months ago

thanks for sharing

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John J
John J4 months ago

thanks for sharing

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Marie W
Marie W4 months ago

Thank you!

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natasha p
Past Member 8 months ago

I tried. still can't poop.

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Stephanie s
Stephanie Y8 months ago

Thank you

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Stephanie Y8 months ago

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Jim Ven8 months ago

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Jim Ven8 months ago

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