Constipation is an uncomfortable part of life; the inability to pass waste from your body can feel frustrating and uncomfortable. While taking medications can help ease this pain, they often come with harmful side effects and can become addictive. Keep your body regular and healthy by trying some all-natural home remedies for constipation before turning to harsh medications.
Oils like olive and flaxseed can help ease constipation naturally, without the use of harsh laxatives or medications.
Simply take one tablespoon of olive or flaxseed oil first thing in the morning before you eat breakfast. Wait 15 minutes before eating. The good fats in both olive and flaxseed oil can help lubricate your digestive system, making your stool easier to pass.
Lemon has detoxifying benefits that can help cleanse your intestines of toxins that have built up over the years. In order to keep your digestive system moving properly, your body needs to rid itself of these toxins. Simply squeeze half a lemon into a cup of warm water. Do this before every meal, and your system should be able to clear itself.
Epsom salts are known for drawing impurities out of the body. You can take Epsom salts orally or externally.
To take orally, mix one tablespoon of Epsom salts with a cup of water or juice. Drink the salt and juice mixture. You should be able to pass a bowel movement within a few hours. If you don’t want to drink salt, you can add a cup of Epsom salts to a hot bath. Sit in the bath for at least 20 minutes. You should feel the need to have a bowel movement within a few hours.
Prunes are one of nature’s diuretics. For decades, prunes have been the topic of jokes aimed at those with slow bowels—especially the elderly. Some stereotypes are true because the high fiber in prunes can help to move your digestive system along.
Simply drink one glass of prune juice in the morning before you eat anything. Drink one glass at night before you go to bed, and you should see results within 24 hours.
Since yogurt is loaded with plenty of good bacteria, it can help balance your digestive system and keep your intestines and your colon healthy. You can use yogurt as a way to prevent constipation or as a way to relieve constipation. Simply eat one-to-three cups of yogurt throughout the day before each meal or as a snack. The good bacteria should help reduce digestive troubles and keep your intestines’ flora at a healthy level.
Squats are one of the best ways to pass stool when your body is experiencing difficulty releasing waste. Since our ancestors’ bodies were designed to experience bowel movements while squatting, our bodies sometimes need the help of gravity to pull the stool downward. Before you use the toilet, spread your legs hip-width apart and squat down as far as you can (it’s ideal if your butt can touch the floor). Do 10 repetitions before trying to use the toilet.
Keep your bowels healthy and moving smoothly with a few ingredients you probably already have in your home pantry. Many of these ingredients can be used after the first signs of constipation or they can be used to treat constipation after it rears its ugly head.