Constipation

Natural remedies for constipation include very common home practices that will help relieve your digestion problem.

Water

Moms will always tell their kids to drink lots of water. Drinking 8 glasses of water or more is the best way to help you move. Warm water is recommended when you are constipated. Water helps flush out every undigested food, fats and toxins in the body.

Increased intake of water or fruit juices can make bowel movement regular since fluids can make bowel softer and easier to discharge. However, sweet juices are not advised because they may worsen constipation.

Exercise

Exercising can help relieve constipation.

Exercising can promote metabolism and healthy bowel movements. Sometimes you don’t want to move when constipated but sitting for more than 10 minutes and not moving will just worsen your discomfort.

Avoid dairy

Milk can sometimes cause digestive problems. People who are lactose intolerant may overlook that milk is causing them to constipate.

Instead of milk, substitute milk-based probiotics which are very important in digestion. Probiotics, such as live microbial organisms lactobacillus acidophilus,  are used to promote healthy digestion and have been found good for constipation. A probiotic drink may reduce severity of constipation while improving stool consistency.

Increase fiber intake

When you are suffering from constipation, intake of high fiber enriched foods should be high. Difficulty in bowel movement is caused by excessive fat, sugar and dairy consumption so eating fiber-rich food and whole grains will ease digestion. Here is a short list of sources of fibers in food.

  • legumes
  • vegetables such as broccoli, cauliflower, celery, green beans and carrots
  • nuts with almonds
  • root vegetables such as sweet potatoes and onions
  • fruits such as ripe bananas, berries, apples, grapes, avocados, papayas and pineapples
  • wheat and whole grain goods

Prunes

Drinking 2 glasses of prune juice or eating prunes reduces the risk of constipation. It contains sorbitol which is a stool-loosening sugar stimulating colonic transport.

Herbal remedies

Herbal laxatives and dietary teas also known as stimulant laxatives or anthranoid laxatives can help eliminate constipation.

Herbs such as cascara sagrada, rhubard, aloe, senna and buckthorn are considered natural remedies for constipation.

Senna which is an over the counter treatment is considered a short term cure but not to be used as for long term treatment. Senna may be used for over a week only when prescribed by the doctor. However, prolonged use of senna may lead to chronic diarrhea and potassium depletion leading to weak muscles.