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Old 11-03-2005, 10:23 PM
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What readily available food or drink is a quick, powerful laxative?

Just curious re powerful natural laxatives. What food or drink (available in US supermarkets) will clean a person out most quickly and efficiently?

I know eating a *lot* of sauerkraut will sometimes do the trick as the acid does something funky to your guts. What else will make you go like crazy?
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Old 11-03-2005, 10:25 PM
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Prunes and prune juice have been widely known as natural laxatives for some time.
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Old 11-03-2005, 10:27 PM
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Prunes. Most fruits that begin with the letter "P," actually (peaches, pears, prunes, etc).

Epsom salts. They taste like aluminum foil though.

For infants and some adults, cornsyrup.

Certain types of sugar-free candy. Man they will REALLY get you going.

There's prolly more, I'm just not thinking of them.

Happy shopping.
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Old 11-03-2005, 10:27 PM
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Hoummus does it for me--but lots of it. Have hoummus and pita for lunch and dinner for two days. Big trouble.
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Old 11-03-2005, 10:28 PM
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If I eat a lot of hot peppers, it will often have that effect on me. But I do have to eat quite a lot of them (and, luckily, I do not seem to suffer from the ring of fire.)
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Old 11-03-2005, 10:31 PM
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Musn't forget our friend the cabbage. Especially if she's raw.
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Old 11-03-2005, 10:35 PM
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Sugar-free stuffs flavoured with sugar alcohol. They're the chemicals with the funky names ending in -ol like sorbitol and xylitol. They'll get you running.
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Old 11-03-2005, 10:41 PM
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A big bowl of Uncle Sam cereal, a few dried plums and you'll be in business.
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Old 11-03-2005, 10:47 PM
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Oatmeal, anything with bran in it (or added to it), caffeine, and apple cider, just off the top of my head. Go ahead and combine them all (a big bowl of oatmeal with some sliced fruit on top, a nice raisin bran muffin, some cider and some coffee...) Might take a half hour or so to "activate, but when it does... Just leave a clear path to the throne!
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Old 11-03-2005, 10:52 PM
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Old 11-03-2005, 11:16 PM
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Sugar-free stuffs flavoured with sugar alcohol. They're the chemicals with the funky names ending in -ol like sorbitol and xylitol. They'll get you running.
Oh, yes, as I found out the first time I tried the Atkins diet...

"Oh, look! Sugar-free peanut butter cups! Umnumnumnumnum!"

4 hours later...

"WTF!? Gangway!!!"

A definite learning experience. Not a pleasant one, though.
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Old 11-03-2005, 11:58 PM
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Dried apricots will get ya going, and they don't taste all that bad.
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Old 11-04-2005, 12:24 AM
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Coffee. The stronger the better.
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Old 11-04-2005, 04:47 AM
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Castor oil, depending on how eclectic your supermarket is. A really large quantity of any fruit or vegetable. Food which has spoiled ever so slightly. Anything excessively greasy or oily providing it has nothing binding in it. The choices are endless.

But why miss a golden opportunity to give the SMDB community a first-hand report on Colon Blow?
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Old 11-04-2005, 05:35 AM
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Greasy foods. Water.
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Old 11-04-2005, 05:44 AM
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Epsom salts. Works in under 6 hours. The salts draw water into your colon and whoosh! Out it all comes.

Colonblow sounds good too! Funny site.

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Old 11-04-2005, 07:03 AM
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Good Egg wins the thread!
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Old 11-04-2005, 07:32 AM
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Dried apricots will get ya going, and they don't taste all that bad.
I can vouch for this too.

A very spicy curry also works for me, and it comes with the added bonus of a burning ring of fire.
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Old 11-04-2005, 07:39 AM
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But why miss a golden opportunity to give the SMDB community a first-hand report on Colon Blow?
I can report on it first-hand. The product does work as promised (including the gooky stuff that comes out of you). However the level of success (if that's what you would call it) depends on your ability to stick to the prescribed method of application. It's not just one dose, it's actually three, taken between 5PM and 12 Noon of the next day, during a fast.

Being the only thing flowing through your gastric system, and having swollen up from absorbing tons of water (drink lots!), the bulk fiber (provided by psyllium seed husk) scours your intestines, scraping out stuff that you forgot that you ate. Stay near a toilet, and don't go on any road trips.

However, it's a bit pricey, and they include stevia to sweeten it, which gives a funny aftertaste. Instead, go to your local health-food store, avoid the fancy packages, and pick up a $10 jar of psyllium seed husk. It's a lot cheaper, and you'll get a lot more of the same for your money.
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Old 11-04-2005, 08:06 AM
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Magnesium Citrate will get you trotting in about 20 minutes.
Chug the whole bottle in one sitting and let the games begin.
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Old 11-04-2005, 09:10 AM
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How about this: a large bowl of Uncle Sam cereal moistened with the yogurt drink of your choice (not plain milk, which is binding), a glass of prune juice, and a mug of black coffee with artificial sweetener. If that fails to get things moving, you're gonna need a trained medical professional.

Also remember that high-fiber foods need water to really do their thing. Too much fiber and too little water in the diet causes what we might call a colonic traffic jam.
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Old 11-04-2005, 09:46 AM
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Thai/Filipino cuisine made with coconut milk. I love a good curry, but since it's made with coconut milk, I can normally expect a trip to the lavatory.
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Old 11-04-2005, 10:12 AM
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Papa John's Pizza. At least for some of us.
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Old 11-04-2005, 10:13 AM
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The Beast: Triple Leaf Teas Herbal Laxative tea. Never tried it myself, this is from other testimonials. Although, I don't know if I'd describe it as "readily available".
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Old 11-04-2005, 10:32 AM
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Slight hijack in regards to prunes. Prunes have such a "shitty" reputation that they are nowadays not sold as "prunes", but rather "dried plums". Of course, prunes were and always will be dried plums, but most packaging today avoids the word "prune".

PS, sorry for all the "s.
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Old 11-04-2005, 11:17 AM
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Oddly enough, if I drink a pint of Tropicana Orange Juice, I'm off to the races not to soon after.
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Old 11-04-2005, 11:20 AM
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if you have any degree of lactose sensativity, milk and/or ice cream would work.
"P" fruits are good, but so are dried fruits in general (raisins always did it for me)
whatever you chose to eat, be sure to drink lots of water as well, because the food could have the opposite effect on your system and do more than just "unclog" you, and you wouldn't want to become dehydrated.
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Old 11-04-2005, 01:12 PM
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Certain types of sugar-free candy. Man they will REALLY get you going.

Not for everyone. My mom bought some of those and I had a few. No laxative effect but it built up a huuuuge amount of gas that would not leave. Oh god, that hurt so bad.
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Old 11-04-2005, 01:18 PM
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Not for everyone. My mom bought some of those and I had a few. No laxative effect but it built up a huuuuge amount of gas that would not leave. Oh god, that hurt so bad.
Oh, no, you have to eat the whole bag.

Another good laxative food - onion soup. The super-nice thing about that is it comes out identical to how it went in.
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Old 11-04-2005, 01:24 PM
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Oh, no, you have to eat the whole bag.

Another good laxative food - onion soup. The super-nice thing about that is it comes out identical to how it went in.

Or it just doesn't act as a laxative for everyone. It says "may cause a laxative effect", not "will".

I mean, take that "few" there with a grain of salt, sheesh.
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Old 11-04-2005, 02:10 PM
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For me, Wheat Chex.

About this Colon Blow business (and the various charcoal/fast schemes I've heard of): are you supposed to clean out your intestine that throughly? Isn't there a system built up in there that works the way it should??
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Old 11-04-2005, 02:17 PM
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This may be an urban myth, but I have heard the a couple drops of Visine in a drink will give someone the trots.
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Old 11-04-2005, 02:25 PM
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Magnesium Citrate will get you trotting in about 20 minutes.
Chug the whole bottle in one sitting and let the games begin.
ooooo never again !!!!!

I was told to do the whole liquiprep kit [the bottle of mag citrate AND the 4 little red pills of *doom*.] I was crapping my brains out for a week =(
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Old 11-04-2005, 02:30 PM
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This may be an urban myth, but I have heard the a couple drops of Visine in a drink will give someone the trots.
Never mind. I checked on Snopes and this is actually bad stuff! Link.
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Old 11-04-2005, 02:39 PM
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glycerin But why miss a golden opportunity to give the SMDB community a first-hand report on Colon Blow?
Actually, I did this shortly after I joined, but I can't find it; it might have fallen victim to Our Winter of Missed Content. Highlights: "Two words -- rope-like."
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Old 11-04-2005, 07:23 PM
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Oddly enough, if I drink a pint of Tropicana Orange Juice, I'm off to the races not to soon after.
Vitamin C, in general.
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Old 11-04-2005, 10:38 PM
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TGI Fridays
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Old 11-04-2005, 10:49 PM
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Coffee and apples. Tea and plums.
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Old 11-04-2005, 11:03 PM
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-Warm apples; as in apple cobbler or apple-brown-betty

-Popeye's spicy chicken.

-CrackerJack and LOTS of liquids.

-Corn.
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Old 11-05-2005, 12:57 AM
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When our daughter was very young, her grandparents had standing orders to have some kind of melon on hand when we visited. She tended to get constipated when she was away from home, and melon (watermelon, honeydew melon, catawba melon, canteloupe, or anything) seemed to cure the problem in about six hours.

It helps that she doesn't get melon fruit very often, so even now that she's 14yo, she thinks that getting honeydew melon or canteloupe at Grandma's house is a treat.

For myself, while I realize that coffee is not on any kind of list as a recognizable purgative, my morning cup of coffee is really all I need most of the time.
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Old 11-05-2005, 08:06 AM
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A whole bad of diet candies washed down with hot liquid (coffee is best) will do it for most people. Just stay near a toilet.

If I grossly overeat one day, then have nothing but liquids the next day, early afternoon I desperately need a toilet.
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Old 11-05-2005, 11:36 AM
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Magnesium Citrate will get you trotting in about 20 minutes.
Chug the whole bottle in one sitting and let the games begin.
A bottle of Welches grape juice does me in 15.
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Old 11-05-2005, 01:29 PM
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Old 11-05-2005, 04:14 PM
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The one major thing that really makes me have to take a dump is food. And the more I eat, the more I have to poop! You would almost think the two were related.

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Old 11-05-2005, 04:21 PM
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Drinking coffee brewed from Ft. Lauderdale water before the boil-water order was lifted after hurricane Wilma did the trick for me. Maybe.
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Old 11-05-2005, 07:22 PM
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If you're looking to have regular bowel movements, just eat an apple every day. Apples are wonderful for you and keep your digestive system on its toes.

Now, if you're looking for a way to have explosive fun, I'll leave that to the other dopers to suggest.
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Old 11-06-2005, 03:43 AM
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Every Asian food market I've ever shopped in sells an herbal tea usually labelled "Chinese Sliming (sic) Tea" which contains senna, among other things. Senna is a well known laxative--cite. So it does help promote weight loss utilizing a method anorexics swear by...
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Old 11-06-2005, 06:54 AM
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Two cups o' coffee in the Morning gets me going for My Daily Poo Poo.

Good To The Last Drop, indeed.
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Old 11-06-2005, 07:03 AM
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While surfing ebay for some of the laxative teas and what not, I came across Confido .


Have fun.
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Old 11-06-2005, 04:31 PM
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As for herbs: Senna is by far the most widely used. It's effective but many people might find its action too harsh. It's also said to be habit forming. Cascara sagrada is milder but just as effective, and probably less habit forming. In my opinion, the best herbal remedy is an Ayurvedic compound called triphala ('three fruits'), made of Emblica officinalis, Terminalia belerica, and Terminalia chebula. It is the mildest of all, although the most effective in the long run for toning the bowels. It isn't habit forming at all. I quit using senna years ago, and I don't even use cascara anymore either because my diet gets enough apples and coffee, and fiber in general. Since I've been dealing with my liver, one thing I've noticed is bile production provides a stimulus to bowel activity.
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