Constipation is a condition of the bowels that don't move frequently, resulting in dry, hard stools. Moving the bowels can be difficult and uncomfortable and turning it around is harder after the pattern of constipation has been established. Let's look first at all the different symptoms might be considered constipation and then we'll look at the causes. Understanding what causes constipation is paramount in learning how to change it.


Symptoms of constipation may vary from person to person and also from time to time. I have had patients think they are not constipated because they moved their bowels regularly, even though the frequency was every 7 days. A healthy digestive system moves the bowels at least once daily and the longer food stays in the colon, the drier and harder it becomes. There are differing opinions on this but most people find they feel better the more regular they are. The most common symptoms of constipation are listed below:

  • difficulty passing stool
  • hard, dry stools
  • infrequent stool
  • pain with passage of stool
  • abdominal bloating and/or pain
  • abdominal distention
  • feeling of incomplete evacuation after bowel movement

Relying on stool softeners, laxatives, colonics or enemas is not addressing the root of the problem nor is this dependency good for the colon. Any of them are fine for an occasional short-term aid, but know that constipation is not normal and it is worth it to the health of your whole system to figure out the underlying cause and fix it.




There is a corelation between constipation and the formation of gallstones according to studies. Constipation or "slow intestinal transit" time is associated with the formation of gallstones.1 A slow metabolism such as caused by a hypothyroid simply slows down all bodily processes from the movement of the bile to the movement of the bowel. It can even slow down thinking processes. A diet of refined foods (such as flour, bread, pasta and white sugar) has been shown to contribute to both of these conditions as has a sedentary lifestyle.


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The three top products I recommend for chronic constipation are:

I treated an elderly woman in my office for bloating. She came to see me because she had emphezema and the abdominal bloating was so severe that it made her breathing more difficult. When she lay on the table her belly protruded. I treated her for some time with acupuncture and herbs but it was the beet recipe (on this site) that helped her the most. Then one day I gave her a bottle of the concentrated beets (in the starter and maintenance kits) and within a few days she passed bile in her stool, the bloating went down and she hasn't been constipated since (which was a life-time problem).

Sometimes bile salts is the best thing to relieve someone's constipation and is a good place to start for someone with gallbladder problems. In fact, we had to make our Bile Salt capsules smaller because the most common complaint or side effect of the Gallbladder Starter Kit was diarrhea. Once we lowered the dosage in the capsules we don't have that problem any more.

Bile Salts Suggested to Avoid Dry Stools

"It has been suggested that even the small quantity of bile salts normally
entering the colon acts physiologically to prevent undue dehydration of the

Low-fiber diet equated with reduced bile and constipation

"In animal experiments a low-residue (i.e. low fiber) diet is associated with reduced bile acid excretion, probably because of slow intestinal

2.KW Heaton, The importance of keeping bile salts in their place; Gut, 1969

Research Connects Constipation to Gallstones

A study was done on 1058 women in the UK. Of the normal-weight women with gallstones, they found that they had signifcantly slower bowel transit time (constipation) as well as less output of stool.1

1.An explanation for gallstones in normal-weight women: slow intestinal transit; KW Heaton, PM Emmett, CL Symes, FEM Braddon; The Lancet, 1993 - Elsevier





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