How to Treat Constipation Using Natural Methods and Products
“Potty problems” are something we avoid in our everyday conversations. While you may be more than willing to share how much your sore throat is torturing you, rarely do you go into the office and announce that you haven’t pooped in five days. In general, it’s always good to eat foods high in fibre to your diet. These help your body to naturally form stool and move waste quickly through your system. Unprocessed plant foods generally have a lot of fibre. While eating high fibre foods is generally good, you may need more specific foods to eat for constipation. These will not only help you treat it but also regularize your stools.
Prunes contain dietary fibre and sorbitol, which help to quicken the bowel movement. Honey is a natural antibacterial agent and has antioxidant properties that help to remove toxins from the body. Cumin helps to maintain good gut health and also adds to the taste and flavour of the juice. Soak the prunes in a cup of warm water for 5 minutes. As the prunes soften up, remove the pith and toss the prunes into a blender along with the water. Add honey and cumin powder. Give it a spin. Pour the juice into a glass and relish the drink.
A lot of people love their morning coffee, but it does more than just give off heavenly aromas and help you perk up. Caffeine is a natural stimulant for the digestive system, so indulging in a cup of joe will help get you up and running in more ways than one. 1-2 cups is fine, but make sure you don’t overdo it-too much can actually have the opposite effect. Coffee is a diuretic and makes you urinate more frequently, and if you drink it an excess, it can cause constipation by dehydrating your body and drawing out water that would normally soften your stool.
Flaxseeds are naturally full of fibre and healthy fats. They can be ground and added to cereal, yogurt, or a smoothie to give you a boost of fibre. Many people eat one or two tablespoons of flaxseeds daily to help with regularity.
Raisins are packed with fibre and act as great natural laxatives. This remedy also works wonders for pregnant women, without the side-effects of medication. Here are more reasons to eat raisins.
Soak a handful in water overnight. Have them first thing in the morning on an empty stomach.
Aloe is known to soothe minor cuts and burns, but it can also soothe your tummy. It’s best to use pure aloe vera gel from the plant. The gel straight from the plant is more concentrated than commercial aloe juice so don’t use more than 2 tablespoons. If you don’t have an aloe plant, then drinking aloe juice can accomplish similar results. Mix two tablespoons of pure gel with fruit juice and drink in the morning, OR drink one cup of aloe vera juice as needed.
Pineapple juice is a natural laxative that can also help you to have better bowel movements. You can make your own with a juice or you can purchase it bottled at your local supermarket. This juice is a mixture of sweet and tangy flavour that makes easing constipation a breeze.
Traditionally from western Asia and the Middle-East, figs has been sought out and cultivated since ancient times, both for eating and ornamental purposes. Either dried or ripe, figs are packed with fibre and act as a great natural laxative. For relief from constipation, boil a few figs in a glass of milk, drink this mixture at night before bed. Make sure the mixture is warm when you drink it. Using a whole fruit for this purpose is much better as compared to syrups that are available commercially.