Constipation is a very common problem. Most people suffer from constipation once in a while. Other people might have more problems or even chronic constipation.
We have gathered several home remedies for constipation that might help you get some relief.
There are many home remedies that are well known and used by many people.
Coffee is a well-known cure for constipation. The caffeine in the coffee is a natural stimulator of our digestive system. Many people, including me, could not start the day without a fresh cup of coffee.
However drinking too much coffee can have the opposite effect. The coffee also makes you urinate more and can dehydrate you. This can draw water out of your digestive system you need to soften your stool. Most of the time 2 cups is fine to drink.
Most people do not know that this is a way to get rid of your constipation.
Moving around and especially walking stimulates your intestines. There is no scientific proof for this, but it makes sense to me. When you walk or move all your muscles move and this will stimulate also your bowl movement.
One of the very effective ways to use Epsom salt is for constipation relief.
The way Epsom salt works is that it draws water from around your intestines and this will soften your stool. The Magnesium in the Epsom salt will stimulate the muscles you need for a bowl movement.
Use 2 teaspoons and 1 cup of water. For children use only halve a teaspoon
This is probably one of the most know and classic ways to help constipation.
You can use the prunes itself or prune juice. Prunes are loaded with fibers and we know that this will help stimulate a bowl movement. Prunes also contain a substance called Sorbitol and this draws water in your stool while moving in your intestines.
Use an 8 Oz glass of prune juice twice a day. One early in the morning and the other one in the afternoon. If you do not like the taste of prune juice you can eat a prune instead.
Do Not Wait.
This is maybe the most important one and maybe should be at the top of this article.
Like anything else you have to listen to your body. If your body tells you it is time to go, then go!
By ignoring this signal that you get from your body and wait there will be more water drawn out of your stool and makes it even harder.
Do not ignore your body telling you that it is time to go.
A healthy gut and flora is something we need to keep our digestive system working the way it should.
While eating all the processed food we do we forget that our digestive system needs bacteria to stay active. Yoghurt is one of the easiest ways to get that in our digestive system.
Start the day with a small cup of yoghurt. Plain yoghurt is the best but you can use a flavored one if you really cannot stand to eat plain yoghurt. After that eat on throughout the day.
Squatting instead of sitting
Since the beginning of time people use to squat to use the bathroom.
This is a natural position and there are articles that show that our colon is in a better position to get rid of our waste. There are potty steps to help you get in a more squatting position while on the commode.
If you think this might be for your use a pile of books in front of the commode to put your feet on and to test if this works for you. Click here or on the picture to have a look at the original Squatty Potty.
Honey and Lemon.
This is a proven way to jumpstart your indigestive system in the morning.
The use of a some warm water with 1 teaspoon lemon juice, preferably fresh, and halve a teaspoon honey, is all you need. Do this first thing in the morning.
The honey will take away some of the sour taste of the lemon and there are researches done that claim it also a mild laxative. Besides that it a fact that honey has a lot of other health benefits. You can read all about the health effects of honey in our post about organic raw honey and the facts.
Oils is not only good in a motor to keep it greased, but also great to grease our digestive system.
Remember the castor oil our grandparents always had sitting at hand for those occasions?
Olive oil will do the same trick. More olive oil in your diet is good way to help your digestive system on track and oiled. By taking a spoon full of olive oil on an empty stomach you will increase the movement of the intestines and prevent constipation.
Preventive maintenance is a very popular term in the manufacturing world.
It means that the machinery is maintained before it breaks down.
The same goes for our digestive system. Preventing constipation is better than trying to cure it.
Our digestive system is part of our immune system and makes food pas through our colon and the body absorbs the water form it and what is left will form our stool. You muscles help to push it through your colon.
When this system works to slow more water is absorbs this hardens your stool and can cause constipation.
By watching what we eat and drink we can help our digestive system to stay in an optimum shape.
Fibers are an important ingredient we have to include in our daily diet. In combination with less processed food and better choices we can prevent constipation.
Some foods that will help are beans, Kiwi, Sweet potatoes, nuts and seeds, fruit, berries, and broccoli.
There are many more and a little search online will provide you with all the food you need to keep your digestive system in shape by eating better and moving more.