TMI Post: Chronic Constipation and How I Fixed It

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This is a TMI post, meaning TOO MUCH INFORMATION is shared. Obviously by the title you can tell this post is about – gasp – poop. So if you are eating, or have a weak stomach or something, read this post instead.

I know most bloggers don't talk about their poop habits, okay.. but this is something that needs to be talked about. I know I can't be the only one dealing with this issue – as a matter of fact I found out my friend's kid has the same issue but nobody ever mentions this kind of thing so we've been friends for years and never knew! So, I'm going for it. I'm going to talk about chronic constipation, and how I've finally gotten a handle on it. This constipation remedy is safe for kids, too.

I have had these issues since I was a baby. I was diagnosed with IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome) as a child, but was never given any medications to treat it. As a teen it got worse and after I started having babies I even ended up hospitalized because of it. I don't have health insurance right now so I saved up and went to the doctor to find out what the issue was, because it was preventing me from being able to get out of bed. Going weeks without pooping is not something that is normal, and it's hard to deal with – I was hoping this doctor would understand. She charged me $400 for the visits and to tell me to take some Miralax until I went. No joke.

Getting regular

My 11 year old has the same issues I do, and her GI doctor told her to make sure she sits on the toilet after every meal. It helps retrain your body to know when it's time to go. Just like with potty training, it has to be done consistently for your body to learn the process!

Fifteen minutes after each meal, sit on the toilet for fifteen minutes. I know that is a long time, so bring your phone. Don't strain or push if you don't have to go, just sit. You're telling your body it's poop time. Trust me, this is from the doctor LOL

IMPORTANT: If you don't have a Squatty Potty yet, you need one. It was recommended by Grace's doctor and it helped literally immediately. Combining the meal-time bathroom breaks with the Squatty Potty should help relieve most constipation issues.

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I recommend the 7″ Squatty Potty unless you're very tiny. Grace is 5'3″ and the 7″ one is perfect for her. I'm 6'2″ and it's perfect for me, too.

Taking it to the next level – a solution

If the above steps aren't working, it's time to add something else. Continue taking regular bathroom breaks and using the Squatty Potty, no matter how silly it may seem.

I got a colon hydrotherapy session done – well two of them actually – and they cleaned me out completely. My stomach was so small compared to what it usually is! Since I only poop once every 2-3 weeks, my stomach is constantly looking about 6 months pregnant. Even when I do go, it's only a little bit, so it never completely deflates. When I lose weight, I gain it right back because I cannot eliminate the waste that my body is producing. Nothing helps.

I've tried every laxative out there and nothing helps long term. It's horrible. I've done the enemas, and even had them done at the hospital. One time when I was hospitalized they had to do it twice because the first one didn't work. The nurse said she had never seen anyone with such severe constant constipation (say that five times fast!).

I eat quite a few fruits and veggies every day, but “quite a few” still isn't enough to keep me regular. This week I made a smoothie, and each time I made it, it helped me go to the bathroom within 12 hours. It didn't clean me out, it didn't give me diarrhea, but it helped me go without hurting my stomach (or my butt! Ugh hemorrhoids!).

So, here is the smoothie recipe that actually helps me out with my poop problems. :) This isn't a be-all-end-all to constipation problems but if you're having trouble going, it will help.

smoothie to help with constipation

Poop Smoothie for Constipation

1/2 cup juice of your choice (or more, depending on the consistency you like)
1 cup ice
1 large apple (or 2 small), cored and chopped (skin on)
1 orange, peeled
5 strawberries
2 spears pineapple
1/2 cup oats (quick oats are fine, uncooked)

poop smoothie for constipation

Put all ingredients in a blender, and.. well, blend until smooth. I add the ice just to keep the smoothie cold, because unless the fruits are frozen the blender kind of warms them up a bit and then the entire smoothie would be lukewarm and gross, and you don't want that.

This is a BIG smoothie. It filled my 20 ounce cup almost all the way up, so if you want to make a smaller smoothie or want to omit some of the fruit you can. The important part is to have the large apple, and the oatmeal. The other stuff is just for health and taste benefits.

If you can stomach prune juice, that will obviously help the process along a bit if you add it to your smoothie, but I have just been using lemon and orange juice.

 *The pictures are horrible, they were taken from my cell phone in my dark kitchen. I wasn't planning on sharing so much information but after this smoothie helped me I figured I would pass on the info. ;)

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  1. I can’t imagine only “Going” that little – do you have awful belly pain all the time? I can’t imagine. It’s great that you found a healthy option that helps you out. I have a niece who has had trouble since birth and she’s been to multiple specialists and stuff and they keep her on a prescription medication that is a powder mix that goes into water and it helps a lot but sometimes she still has occasional issues despite the medication and having a closely monitored diet as well.

    1. As I’ve gotten older I’ve had constipation and I also can drink a smoothie which consists of: 2 bananas, 3/4 cup of pineapple juice, 1 cup of Vanilla Almond Breeze Almond milk, and 1 or 2 cups of frozen strawberries. And this has worked wonders. Also if I take 1 tablespoon of codliver oil in a small bit of juice on a daily basis…keeps me going regularly.

  2. OMG, we should swap poop stories. Seriously, while I’m not as bad as 2-3 weeks, I’ve held my own…lol! Mine is more psychological than physical thought but when it does become a physical problem I’ve found that pumpkin and cool whip help. Not sure why and now you know why I like Thanksgiving so much! :)

  3. While I don’t go often, I on’t seem to have issues either, but my belly does always seem bloated an uncomfortable, but I have always been that way and never thought about it. My niece has sever issues too, and has been in the hospital off and on to get “cleaned out” since she was potty trained. She is 14 now and it is still a fight and she refuses to take the medicine needed. I will have to pass this recipe on to her mom.

  4. Gla I found this! I have an issue every month the week after my period. Don’t know why, most people have that problem beforehand if they have it. I will go from a flat tummy to looking 5-6 months pregnant after not going for nearly a week. When I googled I found lots of scary sites about enemas, this is a much more pleasant idea! And I love smoothies. I tried this out this am and it is tasty, I added spinach too (why not get a veggie in there too right?). Thanks!

  5. I’m so glad I found this! I have the same issues and recently my doctor told me the same thing! I wanted a colonoscopy but my insurance wouldn’t cover it. Ugh!! One thing that helps me is what I call my Poop Potion. Mix equal parts applesauce, bran buds (cereal) and prune juice. Eat about two tbs a night and drink with a full glass of water. I can’t wait to try this though bc my potion works…but it’s NOT yummy!

  6. I have had problems with constipation for years and the only thing that helped was a product by an all natural doctor named Dr. Schulze. Its because of him I go everyday and feel much lighter and less sluggish. He has the best products I have ever come across! I am currently taking his Dr. Schulze’s Intestinal Formula #1~ Colon Bowel Cleanse Laxative. If you have problems with constipation please give it a try- it will change your life- and it’s all natural things and no chemicals or man made garbage. I don’t know what I would do without it.

  7. I will try this without the apple skin. I have Crohn’s disease with blockages and can’t digest that. I’m suffering with terrible constipation. I’m feeling desperate. I’m immune now to laxatives and enemas. I’m so miserable. I’ve also had to be hospitalized and have enemas and stomach pumped. Constipation can become life threatening.

  8. I must try this! Ever since having my baby this has gotten worse to where I dread going to the bathroom. How often do you drink this smoothie? Every morning? Every night?

  9. Wait till you hear this!Chronic constipation can be a serious problem and one with dire consequences. A bowel obstruction is life threatening. I have been diagnosed with gastroparesis and my worst symptoms came in the form of symptoms of gastro esophageal disorder or GERD. I was diagnosed at a teaching hospital after being treated by a local gastroenterology specialist at my local hospital without any answers for 3 months and declining health. It was not until I went to a large teaching hospital and I had a test for gastroparesis called a gastric emptying test that I got some answers. I am in much better health now. Green smoothies are a mainstay in my diet and I try to watch my natural sugar intake too. I am not diabetic but 20-30% of people can get GP and never know the cause.
    Good luck with your search for your digestive woes, but try to go to the best teaching hospital you can to get all of the right answers.
    P.S. My local hospital does not perform gastric emptying tests and it is a noteable trauma center.

  10. My mother has Chrohn’s disease. But I am like you, I don’t have health insurance. I have very bad molars right now and can not chew anything. So right now soft things like bread is a big thing in my diet. I just got the nutribullet. I am going to try this smoothie. I also am going to have a green smoothie every day.

  11. Actually, the Apple is known to cause constipation. All the other fruits you mentioned that are just for flavor, are natural laxatives. I have taken my son son to plenty of specialist and they all say to stay away from apples, bananas, carrots, white bread, tortillas, and ALL dairy. Eating more fruits that contain seeds and that are high in water help. Such as oranges, grapes, strawberries, watermelon and so forth. The best fruit laxative out there is papapaya. Not everyone enjoys the taste, like my son, so I add it in his smoothy of strawberries, oranges and pineapples. Just my advice.

    1. Actually, apple skins contain lots of nondigestible dietary fiber which aids in the relief of constipation. It’s one of the only fruits that helps me, though I do know everyone is different. :)

  12. Worked like a charm and I’m not sure you said this was delicious, but yum yum. Bless you ma’am.

  13. I combine 1/4 cup Orange juice with 1/4 olive oil for my hubby and toddler when they have a hard time emptying. Within 20mins, movement!

  14. Tried this without the apple and oatmeal, with some white grape juice – I hope it still works. It’s pretty good, too. :)

  15. I am so glad to read your story because I can relate to it. I am happy to hear that you have found something that works. I have tried everything that you mentioned and my story is almost exact to your story. Living with chronic constipation is horrible, uncomfortable and very embarrassing. I thank you for the recipe. Best wishes for the future.

  16. I too have IBS-C and sometimes don’t go for weeks. I’m currently trying this smoothie (just drank it for the first time so I don’t know if it will work). It tastes great too. 1/2 pack vanilla shakeology, 2 tablespoons organic elderberry juice, cup of ice, 12 oz water, 4 figs, and a cap full of Miralax. Believe it or not I didn’t even notice the Miralax in it. I bet if I add an apple it would even be better, but the figs are very high in fiber too.

  17. Try adding some prunes, they add sweetness as well as a great laxative. Havehad this problem all my life too so anything that helps is a blessing.

  18. Thank you for posting this….I have had spinal trauma and nerve damage has affected my bowels and bladder…loss of control and then add IBS and opiod constipation. Regular bowel habits are a thing fo the past…so ty ty ty….

  19. I too just started having a smooth every morning, I put what ever fruit I feel like in there but also add plenty of flax and Chia seeds, sometimes hemp. Now within 30 mins of waking up i have to go. Finally got off my prescription Linzess which barely did the trick anyway, even at the highest dose. Everything I’ve ever tried only worked for 2 or 3 days, then nothing, and I tried just about everything.

    1. Sara, Linzess is the devil! It wouldn’t work and then it would work SO well I’d be sick for days. :(

  20. Hi guys! Have you all at any point had a go at trying cannabis for medicinal purposes? CBD is a currently a hot topic now. Research reveals medical marijuana can treat digestive disorders, including constipation. Constipation can also be caused by digestive disorders treated with medical marijuana. Furthermore, medical marijuana can substitute or reduce the dosage of certain medications causing constipation, such as opiates. This indicates medical marijuana may not only treat constipation itself, but some underlying causes, like this article in Not only that, it can help you in terms of pain management, anxiety disorders and panic attacks, inflammation, even cancer and a lot more. Luckily, they’ve also found new ways to infuse cannabis on food and beverages. I would like to hear any personal experience or testimonial would be highly appreciated. Thanks

  21. Not sur if anyone will see this, but my daughter’s urologist gave us a recipe for “magic mousse” to clean her out. In a blender mix 1 1/2 c vanilla ice cream, 1 1/4c pudding (we use chocolate), and 6oz mineral oil. Then separate in 6 containers and give twice per day for three days

  22. I know……I wish she would answer the Oats question…’s pretty important to know that part? Cooked or not??

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