Constipation can be a real problem. Try natural remedies first. If you are dealing with recurring constipation and if none of the methods outlined below help, see a healthcare professional.
Constipation happens when your bowels are not fully eliminating themselves and your body is signaling to you that you are probably experiencing constipation. You find your bowel movements a bit painful. You feel bloated, gassy, or general abdominal discomfort with little or no relief.
Drink more water. Men should aim to drink at least 13 cups (3 liters) of fluid per day. Women should aim for at least 9 cups (2.2 liters) of fluid per day.
Eat more food with fiber. Berries and other fruits, especially those with an edible skin, such as apples and grapes. Dark, leafy green vegetables like collard, mustard, beets, vegetables such as broccoli, spinach, carrots, cauliflower, brussel sprouts, artichokes and green beans. Don’t forget prunes are also very helpful for constipation.
Avoid cheese and dairy products. If you’re having trouble with constipation, cut cheese, milk, and most other dairy products out of your diet until you’re feeling better.
Add yogurt into your daily diet. Yogurt contains live bacterial cultures (probiotics) that create the right environment for your digestive system to stay healthy and run on a regular schedule. Try adding a cup of yogurt to your daily diet.
Try a different position when having a bowel movement. Use a stool or the edge of the bathtub to prop your feet up. You want to bring your knees in as close to your chest as possible.
Lemon Juice. The citric acid in lemon juice acts as a stimulant to your digestive system and can help flush toxins from your body. Squeeze fresh lemon juice into a glass of water every morning, or add lemon to tea; you may find that the refreshingly tart water not only acts as a natural remedy to your constipation. Warm some water and add about 1 teaspoon of lemon juice and half a teaspoon of honey or a pinch of salt.
Castor Oil. This home remedy for constipation has been handed down for generations. One of the primary uses for castor oil is as a laxative; take 1 to 2 teaspoons on an empty stomach and you should see results in about 8 hours. Why? A component in the oil breaks down into a substance that stimulates your large and small intestines.
Baking Soda. When sodium bicarbonate reacts with the acids in the stomach, it produces salt, carbon dioxide and water. This facilitates bowel movement and cleanses the colon. Take 1 teaspoon of baking soda and about 1/4th cup of warm water. This mix also works for acidity and mild stomach pain.
Flax Seeds are perfect for if you have mild to moderate constipation. Flax Seeds have high amounts of fiber and omega 3 fatty acids which are both elements that you want to find in an herbal laxative. You can add a tablespoon of flax seeds to anything such as your cereal, salads, yogurt, smoothies, and soups.
Epsom Salt will help to soften stools so they are easier to pass which will help get rid of your constipation. All you need to do is put two teaspoons of Epsom salt in a glass of fruit juice or water and drink it. As well as a softening stool, Epsom salt will also encourage bowel muscles to contract.