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Solutions for Constipation

Tallying up the sale of laxatives in the US—over $750 million a year—constipation appears to be quite a problem for a lot of people. From infants to the elderly, irregular bowel movements interfere with health and vitality. 

The symptoms of constipation are obvious and include infrequent bowel movements, hard stools, and difficulty passing stools. The side effects of constipation commonly include abdominal discomfort, bloating, gas, bad breath, headaches, nausea, and fatigue. It’s no wonder laxative sales are big business.

Solutions for Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Updated June 9, 2015

How complicated can digestion be? If you suffer from irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), you know that one of the body's natural processes can seem to go all haywire under certain conditions. You may have experienced how uncomfortable and even debilitating the condition's intestinal cramping, bloating, gas, diarrhea, and constipation can be. Fortunately, even though the symptoms of IBS can be severe, irritable bowel syndrome is not associated with more serious diseases such as colon cancer. You may also be relieved to know that irritable bowel syndrome doesn't cause permanent damage to your colon.

Whole-Milk Buttermilk

Makes 1 quart

1 quart whole milk, preferably raw but not ultra pasteurized
about 1/4 cup buttermilk culture*

This is the easiest of all the cultured milks. Place milk in a glass container, add the buttermilk culture, stir well and cover. Keep at room temperature (but not higher than 80 degrees) until themilk thickens and curdles slightly. Chill well. Reserve 1/4 - 1/2 cup in a separate jar in the refrigerator for the next culture.

Note: A similar culture from Sweden is called fil mjolk.