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Ayurvedic mixture Triphala to overcome constipationConstipationTerry Graedon - September 6, 2021 - 22 comments

What Is the Best Approach to Overcome Constipation?

Fluid and fiber can help overcome constipation. Triphala from Ayurvedic medicine may help, as could the Power Pudding remedy.

Terry Graedon - April 4, 2021

Psyllium Fiber Is Versatile Remedy

Terry Graedon - April 1, 2021

Show 1179: What Should You Do About Digestive Distress? (Archive)

Terry Graedon - February 1, 2021

Can You Use Dark Cocoa to Overcome Constipation?

Terry Graedon - September 7, 2020

How Can You Manage Opioid-Induced Constipation?

Terry Graedon - July 29, 2020

Show 1222: How Can You Optimize Your Microbiome?

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ConstipationJoe Graedon - July 6, 2020

Chronic Constipation Causes Can be Challenging

Laxatives are not a great solution for chronic constipation. That’s especially true if chronic constipation causes are related to medications.

mineral oil for constipation
ConstipationTerry Graedon - March 2, 2020

Are There Problems With Mineral Oil for Constipation?

You can use mineral oil for constipation, but regular use for a long time could lead to vitamin deficiencies. Add another approach.

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Acid RefluxTerry Graedon - December 16, 2019

How a Little Girl Overcame Her Constipation

A mother describes how her young daughter overcame her constipation by following a diet full of fiber-rich vegetables and fruits.

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ConstipationTerry Graedon - November 11, 2019

Solving Problems With Both Constipation and Diarrhea

A person who suffers constipation and diarrhea as a result of irritable bowel syndrome offers tips on how to manage them both.

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abdominal obstructionJoe Graedon - September 9, 2019

Nurse Endorses Coffee to Stimulate Bowels After Surgery

Passing gas doesn't seem like a great accomplishment unless you have had abdominal surgery. Doctors need to stimulate bowels after surgery to prevent POI.

roasted coffee beans in an espresso cup can help reduce your risk for COVID
ConstipationTerry Graedon - August 8, 2019

Can Coffee Help You Leave the Hospital Sooner?

People who drink coffee after abdominal surgery get their bowels moving faster and can often leave the hospital earlier. Three cups daily did the trick.

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Bulky Bowel MovementsTerry Graedon - June 20, 2019

How Do You Feed Your Microbiota?

An intriguing study reveals that what you feed your microbiota influences the variety of microbes in your intestines. The relationships are unique to you.

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ConstipationTerry Graedon - June 17, 2019

Will Hot Water Help You Move Your Bowels?

Coffee can help you move your bowels early in the morning. Will a cup of plain hot water have the same benefit?

Fresh baked bran and flax muffin and coffee
ConstipationJoe Graedon - June 3, 2019

Why Does Coffee Make You Poop With Regularity?

Have you ever had the experience of drinking a cup of coffee and then having to head for the bathroom pronto? Can coffee make you poop or is it a myth? Find out!

Doctor gastroenterologist with probe to perform gastroscopy and colonoscopy to detect and reduce risk of colon cancer
ConstipationTerry Graedon - May 13, 2019

Can Antibiotic Help Post-Colonoscopy Problems?

One reader had persistent digestive distress following a colonoscopy. An antibiotic prescribed for something else solved the post-colonoscopy problems.

Brown flax seeds in spoon and flaxseed oil in glass bottle
ConstipationTerry Graedon - May 6, 2019

Must You Grind Flaxseed to Get Its Nutritional Benefits?

The scientific consensus is that if you grind flaxseed, you get more of the fiber, lignans and omega-3 fats that make it a healthful food.

Kaya Biotics
ConstipationJoe Graedon - January 7, 2019

Why KayaBiotics from Germany? Certified Organic!

What's the latest on probiotics? Which strains are best for your specific condition? Learn more about Kaya Biotics and why the Europeans have a head start.