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Common causes in most articles include the following: Not enough fiber, liquids or exercise. Medication side effects often cause constipation. Specific diseases such as parasites, multiple sclerosis, lupus, diabetes, hypothyroidism, colon cancer, irritable bowel syndrome and candidia can cause constipation. Over-use of laxatives and anti-acids may cause constipation.

Causes relating to other conditions: Thyroid problems, Celiac Disease, Immune System problems, Candida-Yeast Infection, Lyme disease, Heavy metals, Diabetes and Parasites.

A surf of the web has several sites that have some common information, however keep in mind I do not have scientific research about them. 1. drink plenty of fluids, 2. Avoid caffinated drinks, 3. Avoid antacids. 4. Avoid asprin type products. 5. Exercise, 6. Herbs that may help are; Ginger, dandelion root, Aloe, Senna, Rhubarb, Spinach juice, Licorice, Papaya, Bael fruit, Fruits: pears, guava, grapes and Orange, Milk Thistle, Lemon Juice dandelion root, chickweed, yellow dock, licorice root, hibiscus, burdock root and milk thistle. (no scientific sources)

1. "Constipation home remedies and natural cures, Generally all fruits, except banana and jack fruit, Bael fruit is regarded as the best of all laxatives...Pears are beneficial...Guava...When eaten with seeds, it provides roughage to the diet and helps in the normal evacuation of the bowels. One or two guavas should be taken everyday...Grapes...laxative food....tone up the stomach and intestines and relieve the most chronic or two oranges at bedtime and again on rising in the morning is an excellent way of stimulating the bowels. The general stimulating influence of orange juice excites peristaltic activity and helps prevent the accumulation of food residue in the colon...papaya and figs. Half a medium-sized papaya should be eaten at breakfast for it to act as a laxative. Both fresh and dry figs have a laxative effect. Four or five dry figs should be soaked overnight in a little water and eaten in the morning....spinach has been considered to be the most vital food for the entire digestive tract from time immemorial...Half a lime, squeezed is a glass of hot water, with half a teaspoon of salt is also an effective remedy for constipation...Linseed (alse) is extremely useful in difficult cases of constipation. A teaspoon of linseed swallowed with water before each meal provides both roughage and lubrication."

2. Candidia and fungus infections cause constipation.

3. "About one in every four diabetics experience frequent bouts of constipation, making it by far the most common gastrointestinal issue for people with diabetes. The problem afflicts both type 1 and type 2 diabetes sufferers, and is known to be significantly more prevalent among those diabetics who also suffer from nerve damage."

4. "Diabetes and Flax: Diabetes is a complex problem, and while flaxseed alone isn't a cure, it has been used extensively in Europe and elsewhere to decrease the need for insulin. Flax makes insulin more efficient at controlling blood sugar levels. With careful monitoring, flaxseed can be a significant tool in decreasing an individual's dependency on insulin. This is an area where you need to work closely with your doctor if you're an insulin-dependent diabetic.

5. "How to Cure Constipation With the Push of a Finger: down on that little nook between your thumb and index finger on your right side." See their site for picture.

6. "The idea that probiotics for constipation might be effective was supported by studies that showed that probiotics had a positive effect on constipation symptoms in persons who suffered from irritable bowel syndrome, a condition characterized by spasms of the colon resulting in alternating constipation, diarrhea, and abdominal pain. Because of these positive results, further studies were carried out to address the role probiotics for constipation might play in the chronic constipation sufferer. So far, results of these studies have shown some support for use of probiotics for constipation, particularly in patients diagnosed with irritable bowel syndrome. Positive effects were seen more frequently when a mixture of bifidobacteria and lactobacilli were given. The thought is that the presence of these bacteria increases production of lactic acid which lowers the pH of the colon, resulting in enhanced colon motility and more regular bowel movements."

7. "It is no surprise that there may be a link between constipation and probiotics. Probiotics have been demonstrated to reduce diarrhea, for example. Probiotics are also sometimes helpful for individuals who have IBS, or Irritable Bowel Syndrome. While research is still ongoing, the potential for probiotics to be able to help with things like constipation seems to be very high."

8. "Probiotics, friendly bacteria with known benefits for intestinal health, may boost the number of bowel movements and relieve constipation, suggests a new pilot study from the Netherlands."

9. "Pharmacological studies show that PhGs are the main active components for curing kidney deficiency, antioxidation and neuroprotection; galactitol and oligosaccharides are the representatives for the treatment of senile constipation, while polysaccharides are responsible for improving body immunity. In this paper, the advances on the chemical constituents of Cistanche plants and their corresponding analyses are reviewed."
PMID: 18691718

10. "A large proportion of the population all over the world consumes acetylsalicylic acid (ASA: aspirin) or other nonsteroidal, antiinflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). This is associated with a considerable morbidity and mortality. Elderly patients, patients with prior history of peptic ulcer disease (PUD) or its complications, those who require high doses of NSAIDs and those undergoing concomitant therapy with corticosteroids or anticoagulants, are at particularly high risk of developing gastroduodenal injuries and related adverse reactions..." PMID: 19858625

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