This subject comes up so much I had to post again. I received this email from a friend:
5 women in Positano
Have tried many remedies
What’s ur take
Here was my response:
“LOL at first I thouht this was one of those Help we have been kidknapped while traveling in Nigeria emails. But I see it is merely one of my favorite people in distress!
Ok. so constipation is a disorder of the dosha or quality we call VATA in the body. Advancing age, and constitutional predisposition added to travel, stress and certain types of diet can aggravate this and create constipation. Traditional laxatives can actually irritate the colon and create more constipation (senna etc). Best approach is as follows:
Diet: Avoid dry, light, cold and raw foods. Eat warm moist moderately oily and foods with proteins. Avoid salads and raw vegetables. Go for soups, stews, stewed fruits. Root vegetables like yams. Mushy oatmeal. Coffee can be quite drying so if you love your coffee at least start your day with juice of a lemon in hot water with a bit of honey. Wait a bit then your coffee etc.
Tablets: I never travel without my Triphala Tablets (Buy Triphala here). 2 caps of this traditional Ayurvedic colon tonifier at night with a cup of warm water. In addition for more stubborn situations: 2 teaspoons of Psyllium husk in warm water or juice will act to cleanse the colon but remember to drink plenty (not cold) to keep colon moist.
Exercises: On Plane, on arrival, each morning and night I do a couple of twisting postures and forward bending to activate the colon. Simple seated twist and lying on floor knees to one side and then the other holding for 1- breaths each side and thinking about the relaxation of the colon and downward flow of energy in the body. Also great is the “legs up the wall Posture. Lie on floor with butt against wall and swing your legs up into a vertical form at 90 degree angle to the body. relax and enjoy at least 10 long easy breaths. Forward bends can be seated or standing. Again, hold and breath and visualize a healthy flowing colon.
I hope this all helps…Since you are away and may not have access to triphala, go for stewed prunes morning and night and/or a tablespoon of Olive Oil AM/PM. Many European pharmacies have ayurvedic product sand may have Triphala. Remember, this is not a laxative per se. The Prunes and warm moist foods are.