Constipation can be uncomfortable and even painful. It is also harmful to your body if you are not staying regular and your system isn’t getting rid of its waste. Unfortunately, many over-the-counter treatments result in a drastic reversal of the issue, even creating other problems.
Remedies for Constipation Relief
Below are some natural home remedies for constipation (without the unpleasant side effects) that work quickly and efficiently.
Lemon juice can help stimulate the digestive tract and encourage bowel movement. Simply squeeze the juice from half a lemon and add it to a glass of warm water. If needed, add some salt and/or honey for taste. Drink up! You should drink this solution first thing in the morning on an empty stomach and once more in the evening.
Because they are very high in fiber, figs are an excellent natural laxative. If you suffer from chronic constipation, you should definitely include more figs in your diet regularly. If you have fresh figs, you can eat them as is. If using dried figs, soak them in a cup of water for a few hours with 2-3 peeled almonds; grind up the ingredients and eat the paste every night.
Castor oil stimulates the intestine and encourages bowel movements. It’s an easy enough remedy: consume 1-2 teaspoons of castor oil (internal use) on an empty stomach. Do not use this treatment on a regular basis, only as an occasional constipation treatment.
Honey is a mild natural laxative, and it helps that the stuff tastes good, too. Try to incorporate more honey into your everyday diet to prevent and treat constipation. Be sure to try to the lemon water mixture mentioned above, and add a tablespoon of honey.
Flaxseed is rich in fiber, which makes it another excellent natural remedy for constipation. Simply combine 1 tablespoon of flaxseed with a glass of water and allow it to rest for a few hours. Drink the water before going to bed, daily until symptoms abate. You can also opt to eat 2-3 tablespoons of ground flaxseed, followed by a full glass of water.
The insoluble fiber found in grapes helps to encourage bowel movements. Simply munch on grapes throughout the day or drink ½ cup of grape juice every day to reduce constipation. If fresh grapes aren’t around, you can opt for raisins as long as you soak them in some water for 1-2 days. Eat the raisins on an empty stomach.
Spinach isn’t usually thought of as a digestive remedy, but it is rich in nutrients and other components that improve the health of the digestive tract. Opt for organic, fresh, raw spinach and incorporate it into your diet as much as possible.
Molasses is another natural and efficient remedy for constipation. Simply eat 1 teaspoon of blackstrap molasses in the evening right before bed. If you don’t like the taste, you can mix it into a cup of milk or prune juice. You can also mix 2-3 tablespoons of molasses with 2-3 tablespoons of peanut butter and eat in the morning on an empty stomach.
- Beans (lima beans, garbanzo black-eyed peas, beans, kidney beans, or pinto beans)
- Sweet potatoes
- Brown rice
- Sesame seeds
To treat and prevent constipation, it is also crucial to stay hydrated. With any of these natural remedies for constipation, follow up with at least one full glass of water. If you suffer from constipation regularly, reconsider your diet and take a closer look at what you’re eating. Include plenty of organic fresh fruits and vegetables in your diet, as well as whole grain breads, to make sure you are getting enough fiber naturally.