4 Surprising Things That Will Help With Your Poop Problems

by Jillian See
HEALTH  |  February 07, 2018
  • Here's what you should do to unclog your congested tummy.
    1 / 5 Here's what you should do to unclog your congested tummy.

    Being constipated is one of the worst things ever. That plugged-up feeling is just plain frustrating and uncomfortable. Some people might resort to drinking prune juice or eating fibre-rich foods, but sometimes, even those remedies fail. Here are four not-so-common ways to ease constipation.

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  • Drink a hot cup of joe
    2 / 5 Drink a hot cup of joe

    Consuming hot coffee increases the contractions of your intestinal muscles, making it way easier to go to the bathroom.

    According to a study by the Iowa College of Medicine, coffee is 60 per cent more effective than water when it comes to relieving constipation. Have your cuppa 30 minutes before your trip to the bathroom so that it has time to take effect.

    (Also read: 5 Tea Recipes For Poor Digestion, Bloating & Constipation)

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  • “Squat” over the toilet bowl
    3 / 5 “Squat” over the toilet bowl

    Change the way you sit down on the toilet bowl for a smoother release of the poop. In a typical seated position, your puborectalis muscle – the muscle that controls your bowel movements – is not fully relaxed.

    Instead, place your feet on a stool that’s about 23 cm tall, such that your body position mimics a squat. In this position, you’ll be leaning about 45 degrees forward, which will naturally compress your colon. This gentle pressure will allow the puborectalis muscle to relax fully and you can empty everything out with ease.

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  • Massage your perineum
    4 / 5 Massage your perineum

    Perhaps a more hands-on approach might solve your clogged passage. Try massaging your perineum, which is the area between your anus and your vulva.

    A study conducted by the University of California, Los Angeles Department of Medicine found that perineal massage was effective in treating constipation and improving bowel movements.

    (Also read: The Best Yoga Poses For A Flat Tummy)

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  • Exercise
    5 / 5 Exercise

    Sweating it out is one natural way to relieve constipation. Exercising helps to stimulate the natural contractions of your intestinal muscles, allowing food to travel down your gut and out of your system more quickly.

    When you’re drenched in sweat, you’ll also be more conscious about hydrating yourself, which helps prevent hard stools that are difficult to pass out.

    (Also read: Need Motivation To Exercise? Use This Trick.)

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