For anyone that has experienced constipation, it really is not fun! Constipation is a very common complaint for people with digestive issues. When the digestive system is damaged and not functioning optimally, there are various reasons why constipation may occur. The stool is one of the ways in which our body eliminates toxins, so when we are constipated we are leaving this toxicity sitting in the colon where it can be reabsorbed, and the stool will begin to rot. It is vital to have the bowels moving AT LEAST every 36 hour to help keep this toxicity moving out of the body. It is alway best to resolve constipation on Full GAPS before starting the intro diet if constipation is an ongoing issue. Ultimately, nutrient density, healing foods and probiotics will resolve the long term issue of constipation, and in the meantime there are plenty of tips and tricks for short term relief.
Ox Bile- Ox Bile is very helpful for stimulating bile production and bile flow so that fats can be properly digested. Consult with a practitioner for correct dosage. You can purchase Ox Bile here.
Enemas- Enemas are helpful for constipation as they clear the stool from the bowel. Enemas are also very supportive of the liver, aiding in detox. Enema kits contain full instructions for doing enemas. You can purchase a GAPS approved Enema Kit here.
GAPS Shakes- GAPs shakes contain fresh juice, with egg and sour cream (or coconut oil if dairy is not tolerated). They are very supportive of the liver, and help to relieve constipation.
Water- Water is needed to lubricate the stool. A stool that is dry is very hard to pass! If constipation is an issue, ensure you are drinking enough water.
Fats- Fats stimulate the bile to move from the liver to the small intestine, and also help to lubricate the bowel. Extra fats should be added to every meal, with animal fats being the primary focus.
Sour Cream- Sour cream is a high fat dairy which is great for getting things moving due to the fat content. GAPS shakes are a great way to include this.
Vitamin C- Vitamin C can be used as a laxative. Take 1 tsp every 30 minutes until you go. Vitamin C is also essential for supporting detox and reducing inflammation. It is very important to use a whole food source of vitamin c as opposed to a synthetic form which can be pro-inflammatory. This is the vitamin c I recommend.
Castor Oil Packs- Castor oil packs are fantastic for relieving constipation. Rub castor oil in a clockwise direction on the belly, starting at the right hip, up to right rib, across to left rib, then down to left hip. Then apply a heat pack and cover with a blanket to keep the heat in.
Magnesium- Magnesium is important for maintaining the smooth muscle movement in the bowel, which is vital for smooth muscle movement through the bowel. Magnesium glycinate is the best form of magnesium for saturation cells, and magnesium is a deficiency that nearly everyone has on GAPS due to it’s important role in detox. You can purchase a GAPS approved magnesium here.
Magnesium Oxide- Magnesium oxide is not the most absorbable form for cells, but it is the best form to use for a laxative effect, so is a great go-to in cases of chronic constipation. An easy to find brand is Denmar Colon Cleanse powder.