Constipation is a really common digestive disorder that affects individuals of all ages. It’s characterized by chronic difficultly evacuating feces. It can also be accompanied by stomach discomfort, bad breath and headache. However, constipation is not something to be embarrassed about, and if you’ve had it (and we all have) than you understand that it is no laughing matter-in fact it can be downright debilitating. Before running to the drugstore for a quick-fix laxative (which often worsen the problem) try some simple home remedies to relieve your discomfort, and keep it from coming back.
Some of the main causes of constipation are poor nutrition, dehydration and sedentarianism. However, it can sometimes be a symptom of disease or a sign of changes in the intestinal flora.
Luckily, there are 100% natural solutions that offer similar results without the health risks.
This time we’d like to share 10 of the best natural laxatives you can try the next time you’re experiencing constipation.
Considered a super food, flax seeds, also known as linseed, have a high fiber content and contain omega 3 fatty acids that help digestion.They’re known for their powerful laxative properties that can relieve mild to moderate cases of constipation and inflammation.Try adding some to your favorite recipes, but ideally you should soak them in water overnight and drink the resulting liquid the following morning.
2. Castor oil
If you consume a couple tablespoons of castor oil on an empty stomach, you’ll put an end to your constipation once and for all.
This oil contains a special active compound that, when digested, stimulates intestinal activity.
However, it shouldn’t be taken in excess or for an extended period of time because it could cause undesired side effects.
Fresh lemon juice is one of the best digestive aids that nature has to offer. It contains fiber and essential vitamins that support intestinal transit and boost waste elimination.
To make it easier to drink and increase its effectiveness, we recommend diluting it in water and drinking on an empty stomach.
4.Coffee is our friend (sometimes)
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.
Baking soda lies at the heart of home remedies. It’s is so incredibly versatile, and it pretty much does its job 95% of the time. It works incredibly well for constipation (and tummy aches in general) because it is a bicarbonate, which will encourage air to come out of you one way or another, and relieve pain from pressure. It also re-alkalizes the stomach, neutralizing the acid a little bit and helping things pass through your gut.
You will need…
-1 teaspoon baking soda
-1/4 cup warm water
Mix a teaspoon of baking soda with ¼ cup of warm water. Drink all of the mixture-the quicker you finish it, the better it seems to work.
Spinach, known for its many health benefits, is also great for purifying the body and improving digestion.
When eaten raw, spinach helps regenerate and rebuild an intestinal tract that’s been altered by having a poor diet.
Try adding some spinach leaves to your next smoothie, salad, soup or favorite recipe.
Grapes contain substances like cellulose, sugars and organic acids which help improve intestinal transit.
When you’re experiencing digestive problems, eat a small handful of grapes or drink a half a glass of natural grape juice.
Another way to enjoy grapes is by eating raisins that have been soaking in water for a day or two.
Plums are one of the most well known and effective natural laxatives. They have a delicious taste and they’re full of beneficial nutrients for your health.
We suggest drinking the natural juice as a part of your breakfast with whole grain oatmeal.
9. Aloe vera
The gel contained within the stalks of the aloe vera plant possesses anti-inflammatory and laxative properties that accelerate relief from this condition.
Kiwi is another fruit with gentle laxative properties. Kiwis are famous for their high vitamin C content and fiber. They’re one type of food that you can eat everyday as a way to prevent slow intestinal transit.