Thursday, February 18, 2016

15 Natural Remedies to Relieve Constipation

Constipation is irregular bowel movement, resulting in difficulty in emptying the bowels, usually associated with hardened stool. If you pass hard, dry stools with difficulty, it means you are constipated.

About 65 million Americans are suffering at any time from occasional constipation and 10 million with chronic (a bowel movement less than three times per week) constipation and rely on laxatives.

Learn about causes of constipation and what can you do to get relief from constipation at home.

Symptoms of Constipation

The symptoms include
    1. Dry and hard stools that may be painful to pass
    2. Bowel is not fully cleared.
    3. Infrequent bowel motion.
    4. Sensation of bowel, but not coming or clearing.
    5. Abdominal cramps
    6. Bloated abdomen, uneasiness

Causes of Constipation

Causes of constipation
Causes of constipation
  1. The most common causes of constipation include a poor diet consisting of mainly refined foods and high fat, low fluid intake and lack of exercise.
  2. Serious illnesses such as tumors.
  3. Some medications such as narcotics, antidepressants, iron supplements, calcium-channel blockers and non-magnesium antacids.
  4. Constipation is common during pregnancy.
  5. Constipation is common in the Seniors due to reduced intestinal muscle contractions and medications.

Constipation Cures: What Can You Do To Get Rid of Constipation?

If you are constipated and looking for a solution, analyse the causes of your constipation and try to counter-act those causes. Before taking a laxative from your Chemist, try some simple home remedies to treat your discomfort.

You should not take any over-the-counter laxatives to cure your constipation as this forms a habit. You should seek the advice if the problem persists, as chronic constipation may lead to hemorrhoids, faecal impaction and rectal prolapse.

Most cases of constipation are successfully and effectively treated naturally and at home by drinking more fluids, eating a diet high in fiber and exercising daily. Some natural laxatives good for constipation are bale fruit, grapes, citrus fruits, castor oil, prunes, liquorice, etc.

1. Oil Yourself with Olive Oil and Castor Oil

Olive oil and Castor oil, when taken orally, are broken down in small intestine into ricinoleic acid that stimulates movement through your colon, preventing constipation.

Drink one tablespoon of olive oil first thing in the morning on an empty stomach.

Mixed half a tsp castor oil with equal quantity of honey and drink daily to get relief from constipation. If you are sensitive or allergic to castor oil, there may be side effects including skin rashes, diarrhea, cramping and nausea so you should not use this remedy.

Pregnant or breast-feeding women should not use castor oil.

It is better to speak to your Doctor before using castor oil to ensure that it does not interact with your regular medications.
Oil Oil and castor Oil for Constipation relief
Oil Oil and castor Oil for Constipation relief

2. Flush Out Toxins with Lemon

The citric acid in citrus fruits helps flush out toxins and undigested material from the colon as it is a stimulant for the digestive system.

Drink a glass of warm water with juice of 1/2 a lemon and 1 teaspoon honey in the morning before you eat or drink anything.
Constipation cure with Water, honey and lemon juice
Water, honey and lemon juice remedy

3. Get Some Orange Juice with Flaxseed Oil

Orange juice with flaxseeds is a popular home remedy for constipation. While orange juice adds fiber to stool, the flaxseed coats the walls of the intestine and stool, encouraging bowel movements fast.

To use this remedy, take a glass of orange juice with fiber and mix 1 tablespoon of flaxseed oil in it and drink. This should work for you in about 6 hours.

4. Why Not Try Prunes

Prunes or prune juice is the natural laxative which is enormously beneficial for constipation. The prunes contain sorbitol, a natural carbohydrate and high amounts of fiber

Just eat prunes or drink a glass prune juice at bed time and in the morning to get rid of constipation. Adjust the amount of juice according to your condition.
Natural foods good for constipation cure
Natural foods good for constipation cure

5. Don't Forget Dates

Eating dates a natural constipation remedy. Soak 1-2 dates overnight in a cup of water. Next morning mash the date and drain the water. Drink 1 teaspoon of this water four times a day.

6. Enjoy Grapes

The grapes contain cellulose, sugar and organic acid which makes it a laxative food. Eating grapes tones up the stomach and intestines and relieves the most chronic constipation. eat Eat at least 250 g of grapes daily. Raisins soaked in water can be used if fesh grapes are not available. This remedy is not for Diabetic people.

7. Juice Laxative

Mix 1/4 cup carrot juice and 1/2 cup sauerkraut juice in 1 cup tomato juice and drink.

8. Move Your Bowl With Liquorice

Liquorice (known as mulethi in India) is a natural laxative.
Roots of licorice is one of the ancient home remedies for relieving constipation. It is a mild laxative, which helps an effective role in bowel movements. Chew a few sticks of mulethi daily. You can buy it from Indian grocery stores.
Liquorice for bowel movement
Liquorice for bowel movement

9. Triphla Constipation Herbal Remedy

Triphla is both a purgative lubricating bulk laxative, which has been used in India for the treatment of constipation, diarrhea, dysentery, heart-burn, hemorrhoids and many other ailments. Triphala is a mixture of 3 herbs, namely Amla (amalaki, Indian gooseberries), Harada (haritaki), and Behada (bibhitaki). You can try triphla capsules from health stores.
Triphla  gives relief in constipation.

10. Flush out with Epsom salt

Epsom salt is an effective home remedy for constipation because the magnesium present in the salt promotes contraction of the bowel muscles, while the salt in it draws water from surroundings, which softens the stool and making it easier to pass.

To use this remedy, add 1 to 2 teaspoons of Epsom salt in water or juice and drink it. The sign of bowel movement will start in 5-6 hours. You can adjust the amount of salt depending on your condition. try this only once in a week or fortnight.

11. Weedy Dandelions

Dandelion weed in garden) is a gentle natural laxative, very  beneficial to those who are suffering from constipation.

Take some dried of dried dandelion leaves into a cup, and pour hot water over them. Drink it after 10 minutes 2-3 times a day.
Treat constipation with dandelion leaves tea
Treat constipation with dandelion leaves

12. Probiotics, the Healthy Bacteria

Healthy bacteria is vital to help prevent constipation and our digestive system working properly. Normal yogurt and Sauerkraut (fermented cabbage) are loaded with probiotics (lactobacilli) and beneficial microbes and fibers which improve digestion and promote the growth of healthy bowel flora, protecting against many diseases of the digestive tract.

You can eat 2-3 times during the day.

Sauerkraut contains acetylcholine, which encourages the contraction and relaxation of the intestine muscles that allows movement of stools.

13. Psyllium Husk

Psyllium husk has been in use in India for curing constipation from very old time.

Take 3 tsp of psyllium husk (Sat Isabgol) in milk or warm water at bed time. This will over a period of time cure your constipation. Metamucil is psyllium husk, finely powdered and flavored.

14. Eat Natural Fibrous Food

Several natural foods contain good amount of fiber, which is not digested. It draws water from its surroundings, causing the stool to swell and soften. Dietitians generally recommend about 30 g of fiber every day.

Some fiber sources good for constipation are Apricots, Beans, Berries, Broccoli, Dates, Apples, Pears, Plums, Nuts, Cereals, legumes, Whole grains, etc. The intake of foods such as milk, cheese, white rice, white flour and red meat tend to contribute to constipation.

15. Keep the Position & Routine and Don't Defer

Sitting in a squat position can help kick start your colon. The moment you sit in this natural position, your body will understand, "it is time to clear!"

Always go to the toilet at the same time in the morning, even you don't have any sensation of motion. Following the routine will regulate your bowel movement after some time. Don't think that your bowel will not clear, moment you think this, you will never have motion.

Always heed to natures call. Don't delay and hold if you feel like going to the toilet. The longer you delay, the harder the stool becomes as water is absorbed from it. Your constipated bowel may not clear for next several hours.

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  1. I have a very old constipation problem and I have tried all the remedies. But the habit is not forming of daily clearing the bowl.

  2. Sit in the toilet at the same time in the morning even if you don't have urge to clear bowl. Simply sitting on the toilet makes the habit.