My own experience of dealing with constipation is a bit varied. I tried a number of things:
Exercise didn’t help as much as I expected it would. I have never been a runner, and a walk along the beach didn’t do as much as I would have liked. I tried attending yoga classes twice a week unfortunately that also failed to encourage a daily visit to the loo!
My initial relief from constipation came from eating plain full fat greek yoghurt, but this wasn’t an ideal solution as I have a sensitivity to cows milk. Fortunately I found that switching to full fat Goats milk yoghurt still had the desired effect, but it wasn’t sufficient to erradicate the constipation completely.
The next stage was to reduce the amount of bread I ate – not an easy thing to do when you are eating on the run, as I often am. I really had to discipline myself to prepare different salads instead of sandwiches.
Then I heard Dr Michael Mosely (the TV doctor) recommending taking oral magnesium for constipation – this helped a lot, infact I still take magnesium on a daily basis.
The biggest turning point for me happened when I increased my intake of water. I hated water as a child, it just tasted ‘off’ to me. When water filters appeared in the supermarkets I was really happy, and so was my tummy.
At last I can enjoy the taste of water and have daily bowel movements!
Maybe making some lifestyle changes could make a difference for you to? If it does, do pop back and comment too let me know!