Constipation can be an acute or a chronic
problem for people. If the onset is suddenly, then it is important to investigate whether
its from some type of medication (sedatives, tranquilizers, opioids,
anticholinergics, bismuth salts, iron, aluminum hydroxide, etc), food, or bowel
obstruction. Bowel obstruction is usually secondary to some severe physical trauma or
Chronic constipation may be caused by a long term poor fiber diet, low water intake,
hypothyroidism, motility disorders of the intestines, or neurological disorders. Dr.
Metcalfe doesnt recommend the use of laxatives to treat constipation, as they can
become habit forming. The best approach is nutritional analysis and correction of the diet
and use of natural supplements to treat the cause of the constipation.
Signs and Symptoms:
Incomplete evacuation of stools
Straining to defecate
Exercise: helps improve the tone of the
intestinal musculature and stimulates digestion.
Check side effects of prescription or OTC drugs
Increase fiber slowly to reach 30 grams
of fiber daily.
Drink more water. Try to drink 8 12 glasses/daily
Lipotropic Complex: 2 capsules every
morning with breakfast. This is one of the best products for chronic constipation. You may
need to start with 2 capsules in the morning and the evening. Dr. Metcalfe recommends
continuing this product for chronic constipation by taking just the morning dose.
Multi-Cleanse: Take 1 tablet
of Multi-herb and 1 tablet of multi-fiber every morning for 3 days with a full glass of
water, then increase to 2 tablet of each every morning for a few more days. Finally,
increase to 3 tablets of each every morning and finish bottle.
Maintain effective bowel movements after finishing above by using:
Fibroplex: 3 capsules every morning with a
full glass of water.