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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Leigh J. says
My daughter is going to be 5 in August and she has some issues from time to time with constipation. Her Pediatricians always want us to use the medicine route, you know, giving her Miralax until she poops like a crazy person, but I HATE giving her all of that yucky medicine. I also hate how embarrassed she gets after because she has a lot of accidents. I use coconut oil for just about everything, do I just continue to do that or is there something else you recommend? Thanks!
Hi Leigh! Check out this post that I wrote which addresses constipation in children. I think you will find it really helpful! https://hybridrastamama.com/constipation-in-children-and-what-you-can-do-to-help
How much coconut oil do you intake to help with this?
Well, that really depends. It truly varies person to person. My advice is to start at one tablespoon per day for a few days. If nothing happens, add in a second tablespoon. Keep doing this until you find the right amount. You will know when you got it right!
S. Dom says
This is great information! I’m going to definitely try some of these tips. Just for clarification, when you say “take one to two teaspoons” do you mean via mouth or otherwise?
Either! 🙂 Via mouth or otherwise. But “eating” coconut oil will give you the most benefit.
Colon Cleanse Complete says
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Thank you for sharing this! I’m currently pregnant and had issues with constipation during my first trimester (I believe due to altered diet and having to stop my daily probiotic thanks to nausea). I am fairly new to coconut oil, so far using it only externally. I did however discover on my own the ‘lubricating’ method you described and can attest it helps with hemroids and associated irritability. I will definitely remember to take some if I have future issues. It’s also GREAT for stretch marks- which I’m sure you already knew.
Hilarious post!! It cracked me up so much I had tears rolling down my cheeks! Thank you!
Alena M says
A quick (or not so quick) question. You mentioned in your post that in some cases, coconut oil can cause constipation. Can you elaborate on this a little? I recently started taking coconut oil, have been eating a real food diet for about 3 years, and generally have 1 poop per day. About a week after starting to take coconut oil (1/2-1 tsp, 3 x per day, before meals), I got constipated. I didn’t poop for 2 days, pooped once, didn’t poop for 2 days again. I was also taking potato starch, but have taken it before, and have never had a reaction to it. Wondering if it could be the coconut oil, and why, and what I can do about it…Thanks so much for your input.
Hi Alena! Well, the short version is that in some people new to coconut oil, it can cause a detox reaction that plugs things up. Basically, it is so busy absorbing and flushing out the yuck in your system that is clogs things up. Now it is possible that the potato starch is the culprit so my advice is to take both out, then wait a few days. Add coconut oil back in and see what happens. If you get backed up, you know you have some flushing out to do. I highly recommend this product for gently keeping things moving: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00BPUY3W0/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=B00BPUY3W0&linkCode=as2&tag=hybrasmam-20&linkId=CJHCAXQZE3EEHKI7. It is simply magnesium. Start with a teaspoon before bed and increase until you are getting easy-to-move poops daily. You can stay on this product as long as you need to. There is no true reason why some people react one way while others react another way. it really just depends on what is going on in your body. So try to help keep things moving for a while as the coconut oil does its work. Good luck!
I ran across your article here, and it might be exactly what I am looking for with regard to the lubricating method for the “poop chute” (I haven’t heard of that phrase before, but I would imagine it refers to the anal canal).
Some background: guy, 47, with regular and healthy BMs (1-2 a day). However, when I’m traveling for work I’m gone for about a week and the break from normal routine and large meals leads to 3-4 days of constipation. When I finally do go, it is almost always in the hotel room bathroom where I can have the privacy to push and grunt without others hearing. I know what it means to poop a brick (being polite here), and sometimes the hotel staff know too as I usually have to have them come up to fix a clogged toilet (how fun). I was actually thinking that putting some type of lubricant around (and inside, gross) of the anus might help me pass a hard/thick poop. But I wasn’t sure what type of lubricant would work for that. I’ll give the coconut oil and try the next time I am in a constipation situation like that.
Good article overall. However, coconut oil is not “fibrous”. Fats don’t contain any fiber, and coconut oil is no exception.
Bernadette Winn says
Hi, I just found your website and find it very interesting and chocked full of information. My question is: How do you feel about paleo diets. My daugher and her husband or into fitness. They do crossfit and try to eat super healthy. I live with them and it is hard for me to eat the way they do. I am in my sixties and have a lot of health issues. I was wondering what your thought are on the subject of paleo lifestyle? Thanks in advance.
Hi there! I like the paleo diet but it is not for everyone! There is no one-size fits all approach to health and nutrition. I would suggest trying to cut back sugar and grains and see how you feel. You might also look into eliminating foods one at a time and then slowly adding them back in after a few weeks to see what your body does. That is sometimes the best way to see if your body is rejecting a particular food.
Hi Jennifer: Just came across your article on Coconut oil, and found it very helpful. Who would’ve thunk it!!! When growing up near the Caribbean I had access to and drank what I refer to as coconut juice…whole coconuts were available just about every where; you buy one, they open it up at the top, you stick a straw in it and drink it cold. Great for kidney problems, and also as a refreshing drink on a hot day. Besides that, I always liked tanning oils with coconut oils in it. It smells sooo good.
I might not have caught WHERE you can buy this magnificent oil. I, myself can think of several reasons I could use it for.
Hello I have really enjoyed all the things about coconut oil that I didn’t know.. Thank u!!!…so my question is could u in light me on the benefits of using it on a stage 4 bed sore.
That’s a painful one! Well, coconut oil is antibacterial and antimicrobial so that would be a huge benefit to a bed sore at that stage. It would help prevent infection. Then of course coconut oil has a lot of healing powers as well as skin repair powers. It would keep it moist without being too wet. A bed sore at that level would take time to heal but coconut oil would likely help. Here is some more info: https://hybridrastamama.com/coconut-oil-natures-perfect-healer/
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