Constipation is way more common than you would ever imagine. A report in the journal Gastroenterology (Jan. 2013) suggests that the median prevalence of constipation for all household is 16%. One third of those over 60 report consternation over constipation. There are lots of contributing factors from a low-fiber diet and depression to surgery and adverse drug reactions. That’s right, a bunch of medications can cause difficult BMs. But there are solutions. One of our go-to recommendations is Power Pudding for constipation!
Questions from Readers:
We frequently get asked questions like these:
JoAnn has tried everything and is still constipated:
“I’m female, 74 years old, 5”7″ tall, weigh 125, walk 2 miles a day and am in very good health. My problem is constipation (chronic, I guess). I have gone up to over 2 weeks without a BM. If I don’t take a laxative I would be stopped up even longer.
“I have gotten so sick (to the point of throwing up and just laying on the floor) from chronic constipation. I have resorted to enemas when it gets really bad.
“In 50 years I have tried EVERYTHING on the shelf and many more things recommended by friends and maybe a few foes. Absolutely nothing works – I have truly tried everything.
“My doctor is an internist but he doesn’t seem too concerned although after the last couple weeks I am going to make another appointment soon. I have had a barrium enema and recently had a sigmoidoscope to rule out something serious.
“There’s just got to be something I can take that will work. I just want to go at least once a week.”
Jennifer worries that she might be “addicted” to laxatives:
“I was born with severe constipation. I’ve tried everything from prune juice when i was a child to high fiber, Miralax, milk of magnesia, to laxatives. I am now dependent on laxatives I’m afraid I have become addicted. My fear of constipation has made me add more and more laxatives throughout the years. Can you help me please? I’m so afraid!”
Power Pudding for Constipation:
We could go on and on with other examples, but you get the idea. We think “Power Pudding” is one possible solution. As described in the video at the top of this article, nurses have been recommending this approach for decades. If you have ever tried Power Pudding for constipation, please let us know how it worked.
Ingredients in Special Power Pudding For Constipation:
- Coarse unprocessed bran
- Prune juice
Details on how to make this recipe are in the video and in our pamphlet.
We also have a number of other suggestions in our two Guides:
Guide to Constipation
Guide to Digestive Disorders
Responses to Power Pudding Recipe:
Deb in Michigan adds a refinement:
“You just mix the All Bran cereal (the cereal that looks like twigs ~ not the flakes) in with an equal amount of applesauce; let it sit to soften until it makes a coarse paste. Add prune juice to reach pudding-like consistency.
“After terrible suffering from post-surgical neuropathy (including weeks of catheterization), I became so constipated that I was becoming impacted. My home care nurse recommended the very same power pudding for constipation using all bran cereal and it worked. It may not taste the greatest, but it works!”
“Give it a couple of days to kick in and drink plenty of water.”
Alxzba offers a word of caution about power pudding for constipation:
“Go very slow with the pudding at first — diarrhea, especially after constipation, could be debilitating.”
Carolyn has her own version of power pudding:
“I ate a bowl of this power pudding for constipation. I find it is very tasty and effective”
2 cups stewed prunes
1 box raisins
1 cup dried cranberries
2 cups applesauce
2 cups bran flakes
2 cups canned apicot halves (drained)
2 cups half & half
W.B. offers his power pudding formula:
1 cup prune juice
1 cup bran cereal
1 cup applesauce
Blend all ingredients, cover,
1 cup applesauce
Blend all ingredients, cover, and refrigerate up to one week. Take two tablespoons (one ounce) daily.
Please make sure you drink 8 ounces of water after swallowing power pudding for constipation!
Tells us Your Constipation Story:
Let us know about your constipation story and/or solution below in the comment section. And please vote on this article and video at the top of the page. You will find Kit Gruelle’s famous high-fiber “Pumpkin-Bran Muffin” recipe that is also dynamite when it comes to combatting constipation. It is available in our Guide to Constipation. In our Guide to Digestive Disorders you will find information on heartburn, flatulence and ulcers as well as constipation.