…Because “poo” sounds so much classier than poop.

So two weeks ago, I overshared with you guys my chronic constipation problem due to years of laxative abuse.  I also told you that I started going to ACUPUNCTURE as a way of dealing with this problem.  Today, I want to give you an update on my gut and hopefully share some tips and strategies for others that might be facing this uncomfortable problem themselves.

Let’s talk poo!  (feel free to skip this post if this kind of talk skeevs you out – tomorrow, I’ll post about rainbows and stuff.)

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Ever since I started acupuncture, I have had an (almost) DAILY poo (5 out of 7 days).  !!!!!!!!  That’s big news, you guys.  Not only am I pooping, but I want to TELL everybody about it (like I’m a 3 year old), namely Travis, as he is my best friend and I love to tell him everything.  Except that Travis didn’t want to hear about his sexy wife’s bowel movements.  So we stopped talking about it.

But seriously, I’m just so flippin’ excited about this!  After years of abusing my body, I feel like I’m finally taking the time to HONOR it by going about this in a more natural way.  I wouldn’t attribute this breakthrough SOLELY to acupuncture, but I know that it’s helping.

In addition to the needles, I’m doing a myriad of other more natural things to help ease the constipation, so I thought I’d share them with you.  Please note – I am not a doctor and I don’t know your specific problems, so please take all of these tips as just that – TIPS.  Consult your doctor first before trying anything on your own!  My acupuncturist recommended everything below.

Tips For Healing Chronic Constipation

Acupuncture

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Obviously, I’ve been going to acupuncture.  The verdict??  I love it!  First off, you get to lay on a heated table IN SILENCE for an hour.  What mom gets to do that?!!?!  I’ve gone three times so far and every time has been different (needles in different places, laying down/facing up).  The only constant has been the use of MOXA – a way of heating the needles to bring warmth and circulation to that area.  You can read all about it here.  I tend to have cold hands and feet, which can be attributed to poor blood flow.  Having poor circulation only hinders the body from eliminating on it’s own – so bringing heat to areas with low motility is a good way to combat that.

To be honest, I can’t be sure that the acupuncture is making all of these changes in my body.  All I know is that I love going there and I’m seeing results.  My next appointment isn’t for two weeks, so we’ll see how things change/progress during that time away from the needles.

Super Greens

As soon as I wake up every morning, I drink a Super Greens powder mixed with lukewarm water.

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[source/where I bought mine]

It’s chock full of various greens (spirulina, alfalfa, algae, wheatgrass, parsley, etc) and it also contains a probiotic (which I take in pill form at night in addition to the greens).  The taste is…growing on me.  It tastes very green.  The most noticeable change has been my ENERGY level since starting the greens – I feel SO energetic for at least 3-4 hours after I drink this stuff.

Colon Massage

Every day (when I remember), I give myself a colon massage just like the one shown below.  Using an outside force like massage, helps to move material in the colon and stimulate the body to do what it’s designed to do – move waste out.  If you try this on your own, just make sure that you’re not applying too much pressure!  It should be a gentle rolling motion.  I like to do this in bed right when I wake up and/or in the sauna at the gym.

Rhubarb Tea

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Oh dear, this stuff tastes NA-HA-STY (<-hope you said that right.  or else.) but my acupuncturist suggested it.  It’s also pretty expensive – $15 for 12 bags!!  Due to those two factors (but more because of the taste), I’ve only made one cup of this tea.  Meh.

Beet Juice

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If rhubarb tea tastes toxic waste, beet juice tastes like heaven!  I seriously can’t get enough of the stuff.  My sister let me borrow her Cuisinart juicer so that I could see what all the hype was about with juicing.  I loved it!  What I didn’t love was cleaning that dang machine.  After reading about WHOLE JUICES a little more (where you blend the fruits/vegetables and drink the pulp), I knew that I wanted to try that.  Sooo….I bought a Blendtec!!!  It’s like a Vitamix, but a bit cheaper and with more horsepower.  Go here and see how cool they are <-and laugh at that guy.

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The juice I’ve been making contains:

  • Beets
  • Carrots
  • Apples
  • Ginger
  • Lemon
  • Parsley or Spinach

Most of these fruits/vegetables are very good at detoxing the body naturally.  Put them together and you’ve got a super juice!

Water, WATER, WATER!

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I’ve always been really good about drinking water, but during the last two weeks, I’ve made sure to get at least 100 ounces.  For my water bottles, I switch between a Contigo and a Camelbak – both are great tools if you want to increase your water intake!  The Contigo practically forces you to drink more water with it’s patented top and drinking through a straw has shown to increase water consumption by around 30% and the Camelbak has a straw.  Water also aids in a ton of other bodily functions, such as skin elasticity, weight loss, and cell renewal.

Dietary Changes

And last, but perhaps the most important, I’m having to change the way I eat.  I plan to devote an entire post to this (which will be up sometime this week!), so check back in for details about my diet!  For now, I’ll just tell you that I’ve had to cut out some foods that I LOVE…. :(

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So that’s how I’m currently dealing with the situation.  Like I said, these changes have helped tremendously, but I still have a ways to go.  Changing my mindset being the biggest hurdle so far.  Years and years of developing a bad relationship with “quick fixes” has left me dependent, physically AND mentally.  Nevertheless, I’m willing to change if it brings HEALINGI need it.

QUESTION:  Let’s talk poo.  Have it?  Regularly?  What helps you?  We’re all friends here. Winking smile  Or you can just tell me what you had for breakfast.

splendid…lindsay

  1. purelytwins says:

    we are so happy that you are having success! we are doing pretty good with our bowel movements with our journey to heal the gut as well, cheers to happy colon and going poo ;)
    love ya girl xoxo

  2. Sarah @ The Smart Kitchen says:

    LOVE this post. [And congrats on the poo-gress! ;)]

    I have been pretty regular for awhile now, but it was definitely NOT the case for most of the summer. I’ve pretty much figured out the foods that will affect me negatively, and I either avoid them…or just know what I’m getting myself into.

  3. Caitlin says:

    I love your honesty! Poo, why not, I like that better than “poop” haha. I think it’s great that you’re sharing your story also because it can show the long-term damage that can be caused by ED actions. Recovering may not simply solve all health related problems that stem from damage done to the body before recovery. I myself have had to have wake up calls like this post to help me remember to NOT fall victim to old, dangerous habits. So thank you for sharing!

  4. GiGi Eats Celebrities says:

    I HAVE TO TRY ACCUPUNTURE!! I have suffered from stomach issues my entire life – to the point where I must rely on laxatives/stool softeners for everyday relief. About 4 years ago, I woke up in the middle of the night with extreme pain. Pain far worse than the pain I get when I am simply constipated. This pain felt as if I was being stabbed and shot at the same time and my stomach looked about 10 months pregnant. It turns out, my colon twisted into a knot (I had a cecal vovulous) and if I didn’t have my colon taken out immediately, it would explode and I would die. I got it taken out and I remember my doctor telling me that I would never have constipation problems again. Wow, he couldn’t have been SO WRONG. If anything things got worse since then… I try as much as I can to be as positive as possible and try very hard to get on a laxative/stool softener routine, but it’s hard to live my daily life and go out at night… Because in the back of my mind I think, oh crap, I won’t be able to crap tomorrow (lol), which would lead to extreme side pains from constipation.

    I am so glad you’re finding relief! REALLY I AM SO HAPPY because honestly, I know how painful this can all be!!! I cannot wait to hear more about your progress because anything that helps you may potentially be able to help me too!

  5. Lee says:

    I have major issues in this area. I probably only poop every 3-4 days. Ugh. I’m interested in hearing about your dietary changes. I did a gluten-free trial for 2 weeks and during that time, I pooped nearly every day. However, aside from that, I didn’t feel that gluten was causing my stomach problems, so I ate it again.

  6. She Rocks Fitness says:

    Oh POO! I usually go once a day and it is typically in the morning after my coffee or breakfast. I have found that staying hydrated and including lots of fiber has helped me stay regular. I believe that having 1 T of chia seeds in my breakfast is a big contributor to this. Glad you are feeling better!

  7. Brooke says:

    SO happy to see this post! When I was in high school/college, I was diagnosed with IBS with diarrhea. Then I became anorexic in my early 20’s, and since then, I’ve switched to IBS with constipation. Yay me. Sometimes I think of it as the “thorn in my flesh” that Paul talks about, a constant reminder not to go back down that road. But most of the time I’m just ticked off about it! I was put on a medication in August that finally helped me, but I knew there must be a diet link. So I cut out gluten and meat/poultry in October, and then I was able to go off the meds and was regular! Just this month it’s returned (although not nearly as bad as it was), so I’m trying to figure out some new tweaks to make. I look forward to reading your suggestions! And this just gives me yet another reason to buy a juicer :).

    P.S. I give my husband all the details too. I think he tunes me out most of the time, but he benefits in the end from a wife who is not feeling bloated all the time, yes? ;)

  8. Sara Grambusch says:

    I’m glad you’re getting better! Some other things to try are more fat in the diet, specifically coconut oil. Bifido strains of probiotics are best for constipation. Renew Life has this one called “Colon Care” that is amazing.

  9. Beth @ Miles and Trials says:

    Great information. I am wanting to try juicing some veggies now. What has helped me become more regular is making sure I get enough vegetables throughout the day. I can totally tell when I have not eaten as well because it slows things down. :)

  10. julie says:

    i’m having an internal battle with this one – only because i’m reading this while i’m eating lunch but i find it really fascinating and a colon massage kind of sounds really good

  11. Calee says:

    YAY! It’s weird that I’m excited for you, but I really am. I’ve been there, though not as chronic as you were. Yikes. And for the same reason too. Doesn’t it just make you want to go smack early-20s-Lindsay upside the head? I know early-20s-Calee and I would have a LONG talk.

    Beet juice is the shit. :)

    Also, I’m taking a nutrition class and learning all about digestion, and all of these things make so much sense now that I know the basics. I think I killed off all my “friendly” bacteria when I was abusing laxatives, possibly developed some pockets in my gut (diverticuli), and probably some ulcers along the way as well (because I was super smart and used ibuprofen).

    Actually since I did the 15-day juice reboot (I think 5-6 days were PURE juice) I’ve been supremely regular. Juicing and greens make a lot of sense because (this is gross) your entire GI system is lined with these mucosa cells that help everything move along. Apparently they only live 2-3 days and are sloughed off (like skin cells) and evacuate. But you have to have a lot of these cells to keep things moving, and apparently they take a LOT of nutrients to create them. I’m guessing laxatives messed up the amount of mucosa cells in both our tummies, and that’s the ONLY explanation I can come up with for why juicing the better part of 15 days helped me. :)

    Good luck with continued progress! I’m hoping that for both of us it was a matter of letting our systems repair and that it’s not a chronic problem with muscles (because laxatives are stimulants, as you know).

    Also … rhubarb tea? that sounds super gross.

  12. Lisa says:

    Wahoo. Not TMI for me! Acupuncture CHANGED my life. Seriously. I struggled with cystic acne, poop problems, digestive issues, panic disorder, anxiety, and hormone issues. I sound fun, right. Acupuncture helped so much with all of these things. Of course, I had to make other adjustments too! Like dietary, and yes lots of water! I’m glad all these changes are working for you!

  13. Bonnie says:

    Loving all these positive changes – the natural way, like you said! Treating your body right. :) On my end, I have some apple cider vinegar in the morning with water when I first wake up (for other health benefits; not sure if it makes me go but I think it’s a possible by-product?) and have come to love the taste. We are on a juicing kick (I like the pulp too! I should actually read about whole juices vs. just juice) and have been eating beets – didn’t realize that (but I can tell you that works). ;) Normally I’m pretty regular except when I travel – my body seems to need several days to acclimatize or something!

  14. Chelsey says:

    Yay for this!!! I’m a big believer in acupuncture ad holistic remedies. I’ve done colon massages before and they work like a charm especially done at night or first thing in the morning. I’m one of those freaks who loves hearing about things like this.

  15. Madeline @ Food Fitness and Family says:

    It’s really funny how life is so much about poo. When you have a baby it’s a hot topic and as we age it’s something we become more and more aware of. I think your tips are awesome! And way to go for putting this out there … a healthy colon is so important to overall health.

  16. Rhonda says:

    I started adding 2 TBSP of Apple Cider Vinegar to my water once a day because I read that it can keep colds away. I couldn’t believe how regular I became! I realized that I hadn’t been regular in a long time and I didn’t even know it… I alternated between constipation and… well… the opposite of constipation. ;)

    So glad you’re feeling better!

    P.S. My mom recently told me that she’s “learning to be okay” with my poop talk on my blog. :)

  17. Kaitlyn says:

    I too have spent most of my life dealing with constipation issues. I started on Senna tea when I was 14 and religiously drank it until last year-I was 28. Then I had to make drastic diet changes for another health issue and what do you know, I forgot to take the tea a few nights and realized I was going on my own. I still struggle with it from time to time, but I now know through a consistant diet, probiotics, and regular exercise that I can control it. It’s incredibly liberating.

  18. Tamara says:

    A cup of good, strong coffee! And making the time for leisurely, daily elimination (no rushing is hard for moms).
    I’m regular as clockwork, except for when I travel. Then I get bunged up for days…

  19. Jill Hanner says:

    Hey! I have ibs and I went to an acupuncturists twice to help with my gut. I didn’t feel like it worked plus it was sooo expensive. I’m happy to hear that it worked for you!

  20. Catherine @ A Two Storey Home says:

    Congratulations on your more frequent poo-ing!
    Thanks for including the part about WHOLE juicing…my husband and I recently watched a documentary that talked about eating a plant-based diet, more whole foods, etc., and midway through they basically said, “We know you won’t actually do this, so try juicing!” Then it more or less turned into an infomercial about juicers. It was bizarre and seemed to contradict what they were saying about eating whole foods! All that to say, I am going to look into the whole juicing!

    Congrats again the successful poos :-D

  21. Camila says:

    Ahh yes, the colon massage. I didn’t know that’s what it was called, but I was taught to do that when traveling by another dancer and I’ve always found that to work. I’ve never had chronic issues but its a great fix for the occasional one

  22. lindsay says:

    yay for changes! and POO happy! I love the rhubarb tea and just taking time to chill in the morning always helps. Well before the kiddos awake, yes?

    Should i bring extra POOpouri to blend now?

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