Elevate Feet For Constipation

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I know constipation is a sensitive subject, in more ways than one, that most people don't want to talk about. But I learned a tip several months ago that really helps, and I wanted to share it.

This isn't a tip about how to get rid of constipation, but rather a tip on how to make it easier to go when you have it! I saw Dr. Oz talk about it on his show. When you are sitting on the toilet, put a footstool or chair, or something else under your feet so that your knees are bent and higher than your waist. This position straightens your intestines out, so that gravity can go to work and help things 'ease on down'!


I have to admit I was very skeptical that it would work, but remembered how when my kids and grand-kids were constipated babies, I'd lay them on their back and gently bend their knees up to their tummies, which almost always worked. This seemed to be the same principle, so with several family members who suffer from this, I knew it was just a matter of time before we could try it out!

First my mom-she has certain health issues that make her more prone to constipation. When she was having a particular problem, I suggested she try this method - sure enough, it worked!

Next, my teenage son - we didn't have a footstool in the bathroom, so I showed him the grand-babies' potty chair and told him how to use it to elevate his feet (much to his embarrassment), and once again, it worked!

Then myself! Who knew I would end up anemic and have to take iron supplements, which always cause severe constipation for me. So I tried the footstool method myself (by now I'd put one in the bathroom). I can attest that bending your knees and elevating your feet really hastens things along and makes it almost painless!

We have tried this method in our family several times since I heard it on TV, and it has worked every time - thanks Dr. Oz!

Source: Dr. Oz TV show

By lyonpridej from OK

January 27, 20110 found this helpful

I saw that show too. I'll vouch for that method too.

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January 27, 20110 found this helpful

I've never had this problem but you just jogged my memory! I had a boyfriend in the late 70's who used to have that problem and his doctor told him the same thing and it really worked! The way his doctor explained it is that toilets are built too high off of the ground because our knees really need to be up a bunch higher than our hinny's! I guess these days, with the younger folk being so much taller in general, that the toilets are generally only a problem now for we shrimps. I was simply going to say 'thumbs up' for this tip and then I got the giggles because of remembering the old fashioned "thumb up the b**t" saying (if anyone reading this doesn't know what that saying means I promise it's not naughty and means being lazy and not doing what supposed to do). Okay, with that said I am clicking on the "blue 'like' hand". ;-)

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January 27, 20110 found this helpful

Oh Deeli, Our saying is "get your finger out" and that's not meant to be rude either!

Going back to the subject, one maternity hospital in the '60's had very low toilets, child size really. Same principal, I suppose. This is why medieval woman used a birthing stool until one of the french kings wanted to watch his mistress give birth. A king wouldn't kneel in the straw so she had to lie in a bed and the silly idea caught on even though it made birth more difficult! I digress...

Marg from England.

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January 30, 20110 found this helpful

Lacking space in my bathroom for a footstool, I can vouch for the effectiveness of simply leaning way over.

Deeli, rotfl! I never knew you could be so, um, graphic! You gave me the giggles too, and Marg, you didn't make it a bit better. :D

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January 30, 20110 found this helpful

Thanks for the tip. I have a daughter that suffers from this quite frequently and am always looking for ways to help without giving her a lot of meds.

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September 30, 20110 found this helpful

Having your feet on some sort of foot stool really helps. If you're into green eco-friendly stuff, check out stoolsteps. It's saved my life.

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