Well, we’ve reached a topic that not so many people like to talk about. Constipation is basically caused by slow passage of foods into the colon. It’s our bowels folks and while it may be a little bit uncomfortable to discuss, you should be reading this in the safety of your home now, so read on for some of the best home remedies for constipation you should know.
There are a few things you should always have ‘laying’ around the house for those times when a home remedy might come in handy. We’ll get to that in a minute. For starters, a few quick tips to prevent yourself from becoming constipated in the first place-
– It’s really very simple. You should be doing some kind of active activity for at least 30 minutes per day most days during the week. There are specific stretches and workouts that can help with regularity. Do a search on your favorite Yoga poses; it’s likely that one or two will show positive effects on your digestive system.
2. Potty Routine
– In case you didn’t know, regulating your potty schedule can help keep your bowel movements on time. Some experts even recommend setting aside about fifteen minutes one to three times daily. If you have a difficult time ‘going’ on a schedule, just try to remain relaxed and take your time. Your body will eventually catch on.
3. When it’s time to go
– It’s time to go! – Don’t EVER hold it! Of course, this is a preventative measure, but you should know that it’s very important to listen to your body when it’s telling you that it’s time to GO. The longer you try to hold a stool, the harder it becomes due to the water absorbed in the colon while it’s holding. Just do yourself a favor and get to the bathroom when your body asks you to.
4. Yogurt is your friend
– You might have heard about benefits of yogurt by now, but yogurt has all sorts of good bacteria that we need in our digestive system regularly. Simply eat a cup of yogurt with breakfast every day and/or as a snack later in the day to help keep your digestive tract on track.
As for the actual remedies if/in case you do get constipated –
1. You’ve heard about prunes
– It was probably your grandma’s home remedy. Nonetheless, it’s a classic for use as a natural laxative as it has high amounts of fiber. Prunes also contain sorbitol, a natural carbohydrate that is not easily ingested and therefore it causes a lot of water to pass through the intestines, softening and bulking the stool, preparing it for passage.
You’ll need one glass of prune juice in the morning and one at night to relieve constipation – probably by the next morning. We’re talking about 8oz glasses here ladies and gentlemen. I know you’re uncomfortable, but too much prune juice will cause diarrhea. Drink the recommended dose and be patient.
– It isn’t just for your skin! You’ll need 2 tablespoons of pure aloe gel, straight from the plant. It can’t hurt to keep an aloe plant around the house. They’re not difficult to keep and have many health benefits of aloe vera in the home remedy arena. Nonetheless, if you don’t have an aloe plant, you can look for the juice (commercially sold). Drink one cup in the morning, or as needed. If you’re using the gel, mix it with fruit juice for taste and drink it in the morning.
3. Get your Fiber!
– It’s super important to keep a healthy diet anyway, but you should always make sure you’re getting enough fiber to keep the colon fresh and prevent constipation. You should be looking for natural fiber (found naturally in fresh foods)… Try some of these foods at least a few times per week to keep the systems in check:
- Plums, Pears, Apples
- Potatoes – remember, natural forget the fries
– Who doesn’t love their morning coffee!?! Good stuff right there. Even better – so long as you’re drinking caffeinated coffee, you’re stimulating your digestive system first thing in the morning. Or, whenever you need it. Be careful, just a cup or two should do the trick – coffee is a diuretic which will make you urinate more frequently which in turn could actually cause constipation by dehydrating your body.
5. Olive Oil
– It may seem kind of gross to consume a tablespoon of olive oil but if you want relief from constipation, you’ll definitely give this a shot.
How it works – 1 tablespoon of olive (maybe with a teaspoon of lemon – to help it go down)… Consume it in the morning, on an empty stomach and wait for things to get moving.
– Maybe not a laxative in its own right but mixing the juice from a fresh lemon with a cup of warm water can help flush out toxins and undigested material from your colon. The citric acid in lemon juice is also a stimulant for your digestive system.
7. Epsom Salts
– This is another classic home remedy item that should be in your household pantry for moments like these. The salt draws water in from the colon and softens up the stool and there is magnesium present in the salt which promotes contraction of the bowel muscles (which makes passing easier).
Well, we believe there are high possibilities that the above remedies might not work for many people. That’s exactly when a cleansing supplement comes into the picture. You can consider using a fermented drink such as KeVita Master Brew Kombucha which might promote overall gut health.