Backups happen. Sometimes they are within our control and other times they are not. Either way, constipation sure isn’t fun! I mean, who wants to be stuck on the throne for hours and hours, red-faced, bored to tears, pushing with all you’ve got, just to see a pea sized nugget of nothing at the bottom of the bowl.
Not me thank-you-very-much. In fact, I can think of 1,000 different things I would rather be doing than trying to force out something the size of a lentil while there is still something the size of a basketball waiting for the right exit strategy.
There are a myriad of reasons why we humans get so dang constipated these days. Most of it is related to our food and toxins, both in our home and environmental. Stress certainly doesn’t help the matter (pun intended) and it seems like we are all stressed beyond belief these days.
Quick disclaimer – I am required to clearly state that I am not a licensed medical professional nor do I pretend to be one on this site. Take what I write as a launching off point to do your own research. My advice, experience, and suggestions are not to be considered medical advice.
Coconut Oil For Constipation
Coconut oil is known for its ability to move things along smoothly and swiftly. I know from experience as coconut oil took me from the “grrrrrrrr uuuuuuumph arrrrrrr” stage to the “finished already, I just sat down” stage in record time.
Coconut oil can help constipation because it is fibrous and it cleanses the colon very effectively. It also increases your metabolism rate letting your system break down food faster and more effectively which may lead to an increase in the frequency of bowel movements. (Which means smaller, softer poops).
Starting from your mouth all the way to your rectum, coconut oil purges, repairs and strengthens your entire digestive system, particularly your colon. It balances your stomach pH and assists to improve the tone of your intestinal muscles. All of these are “anti-constipation” activities.
If you want to get a little more technical…. Coconut oil contains medium-chain fatty acids, which work to stimulate the cells that line your colon and digestive tracts, increasing the energy and metabolic efficiency of these cells. This can improve your digestive rate and absorb more nutrients, while also moving stool through your digestive system at a normal (or faster) rate.
*Fair warning – I am about to talk about lubricating the poop chute.*
Constipation isn’t just about the pushing and grunting.
No, it is also about those lovely little friends called hemorrhoids. Seems like constipation and hemorrhoids like to wreak havoc together. The more you strain, the more those hemorrhoids come out to play. The more hemorrhoids that come to the party, the less likely you are to want to poop. Just sayin’. No one celebrates the arrival of a hemorrhoid by hopping aboard the porcelain throne and pushing for a few hours.
Anyhoo – if you want to prevent those nasty little buggers from ripping you a new one (seriously – can you tell I am having fun with this post???), then you might want to use some coconut oil internally. You know, lubricate the poop chute a bit. That way, whatever little marble you do manage to pass, has a better chance of sliding out without waking up the hemorrhoid brigade. And if you need some relief from those little demons of destruction, try rubbing some coconut oil on them. It helps. I promise.
Moving things along… I am about to write something important. (I wrote that so you would pay attention in case you zoned out a bit after the last section of info).
Coconut oil CAN in some cases cause constipation or even severe diarrhea. Read my post Can You Overdose On Coconut Oil for more information on that.
I can’t end this post without mentioning one of my favorite pooping apparatuses. Seriously, I would be lost without it. The Squatty Potty has truly revolutionized my bathroom posture. The reason I mention it now is because it truly helps to have a good pooping position. A lot of constipation related issues can be resolved simply by changing how you physically position yourself to poop.
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