How To Cure Constipation Naturally
Having a backed up digestion system is something that you probably aren’t advertising to the world but it’s definitely not something to be ashamed of.
Over 4.4 Million adults suffer from constipation on a regular basis, and for those who have experienced its effects know that this is no laughing matter.
Before running to the pharmacy to grab a laxative that will oftentimes make the situation unmanageable try some of the simple home remedies below for getting rid of constipation.
#1 - Bottoms Up
Before you start any other remedy for constipation think back and try to remember how much water you’ve had in the last 3 days. If the answer is less than 8 cups per day, then start drinking water first.
Water is the best natural laxative and the majority of the time all you need to help push things through. The average adult does not drink nearly enough water during the day, and when that happens it slows all processes down to a crawl.
- Drink 8-10 glasses of water throughout the day
- If that doesn’t move things along, move on to one of the natural remedies below
#2 - Fiber
What is fiber anyway? All fiber really consists of are dietary materials containing chemicals such as cellulose, lignin, and pectin which are all resistant to your body’s natural digestive enzymes.
Consuming foods that are high in fiber is a great natural way to relieve constipation.
- Consume at least 25g of fiber per day to help get rid of your constipation
#3 - Magnesium Citrate
Magnesium citrate is a natural saline laxative that works by drawing in fluid into your small intestine usually resulting in a bowel movement in as little as 30 minutes.
Magnesium Citrate typically comes in either pill form or liquid form, we recommend going for the liquid form chilled in the refrigerator.
- Drink half of the bottle of magnesium citrate and wait 30 minutes
- If you haven’t felt any stomach rumblings in 30 minutes drink the remainder of the bottle
#4 - Lemon
The scent of a lemon is synonymous with clean, and the same applies for your stomach. The acidity of lemons helps move things along in your digestive tract, and can also help push out other toxins along the way that have attached to your digestive walls.
Making a lemon drink will be very tart for most people, but it can be sipped like a tea over the course of an hour. Once you drink the lemon mixture try not to eat until you’ve had a bowel movement. This will help reset your GI completely.
- Mix the juice from one whole lemon and 1 cup of warm water
- (Optional) Make the water boiling when mixing with the lemon to make a “tea”
- Try to drink all around the same time, but if too tart, drink within the hour
#5 - Baking Soda
The cure all for almost anything from blackheads, to upset stomachs, to bug bites is also a great home remedy for constipation.
Because baking soda is bicarbonate it encourages air to be released from your stomach while also relieving any uncomfortable pressure in your stomach area by naturally neutralizing the acid build up (if any).
- Mix 1 teaspoon of baking soda with 1 glass of warm water
- Stir until you can’t see the baking soda in the water any more
#6 - Epsom Salt
Epsom salt actually isn’t salt, but magnesium sulfate, but nonetheless works awesome at remedying even the worst case of constipation in 2 main ways.
First the Epsom Salt draws water from your intestines, which makes your stool softer and easier to pass naturally, and second magnesium sulfate (like the magnesium citrate mentioned above) promotes your bowel muscles to go into motion making your bowel movement gentler.
- Mix 2 Tsp. of Epsom Salts with either water or a natural fruit smoothie or juice
- If after a few hours you are still constipated, drink another dose
#7 - Coffee (Caffeine)
The majority of coffee drinkers already know coffee’s effects fist hand, but if you’re not a regular coffee drinker and you’re constipated, taking up the habit may actually be a good thing.
Because of the caffeine, coffee is a natural stimulant to your digestive system so consuming at least 1 cup of coffee in the morning will help get your day started, if you know what I mean ☺.
The downside is coffee is a natural diuretic meaning that it will not only stimulate your bowel movements, it will more than likely make you have to urinate frequently.
- If you’re already an avid coffee drinker, try 1 more cup or a slightly stronger brew
- If you normally don’t drink coffee start off with one glass in the morning to see how things move along
#8 - Prunes
Prunes, prunes the magical fruit, the more you eat the more you…well you get the picture. Prunes are probably one of the original home remedies for constipation.
The fruit works as a natural laxative because of its proportionally high amounts of natural fiber as well as having sorbitol, which is sometimes used in place of sugar, but acts as a non-invasive laxative. The easiest way to get the amount of prunes you need to aid in digestion is to drink prune juice
- Drink 1 glass in the morning
- Drink 1 glass in the evening
- It’s important to give enough of a gap between doses or you may experience diarrhea
#9 - A Side of Bacteria
Inside your gastrointestinal track live, among other things, a complex community of microorganisms known as “gut flora”. A normal human diet occupies a lot of your gut floras digestive time sometimes leading to sluggishness in your bowl movement frequency.
Cultivating good bacteria in your stomach is a great way to aid in the digestion and help relieve constipation. A great way of doing that is to follow Jamie Lee Curtis’ advice and eat more yogurt. Yogurt is naturally filled with probiotics that will help move things right along for you.
- Try and consume 1-3 cups of plain (unsweetened) yogurt through the day
- Adding it to your breakfast menu is a great way to increase consumption
- If you want to add sweetness to the yogurt, chop up some fresh fruit and mix together
#10 - Fruit
Most fruits are loaded with fiber making them an excellent natural choice to help relieve your constipation issues. The downside of some fruits is that they can spike your blood sugar so try and consume the fruits listed below before any other.
Directions (Fruits to Target):
- Apple Sauce
#11 - Flaxseed
Flaxseed Oil can be used as a home remedy for things such as weight loss and preventing cancers, so it’s no surprise it can help with constipation.
They way Flaxseed oil works is fairly simple. In laymen’s terms, the oil coats the walls of your intestine this making it easier for the bowel movements to move through your GI tract.
Directions (Things to Cut Out):
- Mix a tablespoon of flaxseed oil with water and drink twice per day
- If you don’t like the taste of it mixed with water we recommend mixing it with prune juice or orange juice
#12 - Aloe Vera
Yes, that Aloe Vera that is used to treat sunburns, and get rid of an itchy scalp can also be used to alleviate your constipation naturally.
It’s best to use the aloe directly from the Aloe Vera plant as it is more concentrated and obviously less processed than store bought aloe vera. (If you do decide to use the gel from the store, make sure it doesn’t have any alcohol in the ingredients)
- Mix 2 tablespoons of Aloe Vera and 1 glass of water thoroughly until the consistency is drinkable
- Drink 1 glass of aloe vera in the morning, and if you haven’t had a bowel movement by the afternoon try it again.
#13 - Blackstrap Molasses
What is molasses you ask? Molasses is a byproduct made during the production of sugar and then further boiled down to a dark black color.
Molasses is rich in vitamins and minerals such as magnesium and B6, which help prevent constipation from happening in the first place.
- Mix 1 teaspoon of blackstrap molasses and a glass of water or juice
- If you find that 1-teaspoon didn’t make anything happen, you can take up it to 2 tablespoons as needed.
#14 - Fennel
What is Fennel? Fennel is a flowering plat in the Carrot species of plant. Fennel seeds, ideally in crushed or powdered form, act as an excellent laxative remedy. Some of the most popular OTC remedies for constipation
- Mix crushed fennel seeds or steep in a tea and consume as needed
- (Optional) Add lemon for more flavor
#15 - Castor Oil
What is castor oil anyway? Castor oil is made from the seeds from the Ricinus plant that grow in mainly tropical regions.
Study after study have shown that castor oil is a very strong yet safe laxative to not only take by itself, but to also mix with other bowel movement inducing juices such as cranberry juice or prune juice.
- Consume at least 2 tablespoons of castor oil per day for 3 days
#16 - Honey, Honey!
Bees know it, ancient Egyptians knew it – but a lot of people don’t. Honey is a great mild laxative that is also delicious. Be sure to make sure the honey is 100% natural and organic.
- Take 3 tablespoons of honey per day
- Mixing with tea is a great way to take it
#17 - Squat it Out
This might seem silly to go squat over the toilet when you don’t quite have the urge, but this could be one of the best home remedies for relieving constipation. When you get in the squat position it almost biologically kick-starts your colon, as this is natures position for our bodies when it actually is time to go.
If you suffer from severe constipation, propping your feet on a stool or a stack of books while sitting on the commode will help the natural flow of waste through your body.
- Squat on the toilet for at least 15 minutes to see if a bowel movement can start
- Elevate your feet in front of you on a stool or any other surface
- If no bowel movement starts in 15 minutes, try again in 2 hours
What Causes Constipation?
One of the main causes of constipation is the adult modern diet coupled with a lack of exercise.
If your lifestyle consists primarily of consuming dairy products, foods high in fat and sugar, foods low in fiber, and lack of water there is a good chance that you are a prime candidate for constipation issues.
Common Constipation Symptoms
Urinary Tract Infections are usually self-diagnosable with the following symptoms being the most common:
- Going less than 3 times in a week
- Straining while passing bowels
- Having hard or lumpy stools
- Feeling like there is a blockage
- Loss of appetite
How to Prevent Constipation
Because constipation can be caused by various issues it is hard to blanket prescribe a preventative measure that will help everyone, but for the majority of people who suffer from constipation these are some tips that will definitely help you out.
- Eat your Full Daily Value of Leafy Greens and Fruit
- Drink at least 8 glasses of water per day
- Exercise at least 30 minutes
- Drink Coffee
Common Constipation FAQ’s
Should I have a bowel movement every day?
Yes/No – Everyone is different. Some people go a few times a day, while others go a few times a week. So if you’re wondering if you should be going every day the answer is yes, but don’t worry about it if you’re not.
Are All Fibers the Same?
No – No there are two kinds of fibers, soluble and insoluble fiber.
When Should You See the Doctor?
If you’ve tried several of the remedies above and you’re still having trouble going it might be something that require professional help.
If you see blood of any color red in your stool consult your doctor immediately
Look, we know that this issue isn’t one that you probably haven’t told anyone (we do feel special ☺) but having constipation whether opioid induced, or just naturally occurring isn’t something to be embarrassed about. Trust us, this article is one of the most read on remedyHow.
We know there are plenty of solutions that you can buy that will ultimately make the pharmaceutical companies rich and may make your digestive system worse. The remedies above will not only help aid in your overall constipation, most will lead to better lifestyle choices making you an overall healthier human being.
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