Coconut oil does help to improve bowel movement, but not all people taking coconut oil get to poop easily. That's because coconut oil works more effectively on people who have sluggish bowels. For example, you may have taken a good load of fiber (from fruits and vegetables) and you drink 8 glasses of water every day. You exercise regularly as well. However, you still find hard to defecate. This is a sign of sluggish bowels.
Coconut oil can make you poop more easily in this case because it can power up your intestinal cells and help gather more water in your stools to stimulate muscle contractions on your bowels.
But if your intestines are inflamed due to ulcerative colitis or diverticulitis, then it may take longer for coconut oil to take its effect on moving bowels. Coconut oil has anti-inflammatory properties as well. So, what coconut oil does is it will first help to reduce the inflammation in your intestines and if it has excess fatty acids left then these compounds will help to move your bowels.
In such a case, you would need to take more coconut oil in order to move bowels to ease your constipation.
But do not take too much coconut oil at one shot when you're getting started for fear it might cause the reverse reaction – diarrhea-like symptoms. To play safe, always begin with one tablespoon (3 teaspoons) per day, spreading it over your breakfast, lunch and dinner. After at least a week when you feel your body is okay with coconut oil then you can up your intake by another tablespoon per day. Bottom line – add coconut oil gradually to your diet to avoid adverse effect.
The ideal intake to treat constipation is 3–5 tablespoons of coconut oil per day.
However, there's one condition that coconut oil may not make you poop, even when you have taken good amount of it, that is, stress.
Mental stress can cause physiological stress, which then causes tension in the intestines, stiffening your intestinal muscles making your bowels difficult to move.
Therefore, try to stay calm and relax at all times. Engaging in exercises that you feel comfortable with is one good way to loosen your muscles and move your bowels. And with the effect of coconut oil, you'll poop more easily.
Some medications like pain killers, antacids, antidepressants, cold medicines etc may produce side effects that work against the bowel-stimulating effect of coconut oil. So, if you're on any of these medications, coconut oil may not be of much help in relieving constipation.
However though, it's still good to continue taking coconut oil for health benefits since it can help boost your immunity against infections as it contains tons of antimicrobials, antioxidants and anti-inflammatory compounds.