This is the simplest way I have ever found to relieve constipation. It's fast. It's effective. You can do it at home AND it won't cost you a single penny!

I discovered this technique years ago when I was wandering around the local library looking for something on a totally unrelated topic. I'll get back to this story in a second.

Let's face it, constipation happens to nearly everybody at one time or another. If you analyze it, a natural process in your body came to a grinding halt for some reason. So you have to ask yourself the question, "what went wrong?"

Well, your body's natural way of moving material through your digestive system is called peristalsis (paris-stall'-sis). In fact, the definition is " rhythmic contraction of smooth muscles to propel contents through the digestive tract."

So "what went wrong" was that the natural rhythmic contraction stopped and the obvious solution is to stimulate peristalsis in your digestive tract. Common sense, right?

Now here's the great part. You don't need pills, laxatives, or drugs (let alone castor oil, YUCK!) and you don't have to wait hours for peristalsis to resume.

Back to the library story - I was looking for information about massage. I found a book, opened it up and skimmed through it. There was a warning about using massage. It said to be careful, massage may have a laxative effect.

Whoa! Massage? Laxative? What the…?

The more I thought about it, the more it made sense, though. A gentle massaging action over and around the stomach and abdominal area stimulates peristalsis.

Here's how you do it:

1. Use both hands, flat against your abdomen.
2. Use light pressure.
3. Gently move your hands up and down and from left to right in kind of a rolling, massaging motion over the abdominal area.
4. Let nature take its course.

The keyword is g-e-n-t-l-e. If it hurts, stop immediately, you're doing it way too hard.

Bottom line: The next time you're constipated, a gentle massage of your abdominal area will encourage your body's natural peristalsis response bringing constipation relief very quickly. It can literally work in minutes. Constipation gone. Problem solved.

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