Home Remedies for Constipation

Don’t you just hate it when your bowels seem to stop working and you feel so blocked up!  We’ve all been there!  Sure, over the counter medicines can be very effective but here’s the good news: home remedies can also help you get much needed relief (no pun intended).  Today, StayHealthyTV will tell you 8 of the best natural remedies for constipation.  These tips are the go-to solution our family turns to for immediate constipation relief.




 If you want to know how to relieve constipation naturally, then keep watching our vid!  Here we go:

1. Water
As obvious as it sounds, drink more water. Hard, dry stools are a common cause of constipation, so the more water you add, the easier it will be to pass the stool.
But remember this:  avoid coffee, soda and alcohol while you’re experiencing constipation because they are diuretics.  Diuretics dehydrate your body by causing fluid loss through increased urination. This may make constipation worse.

2. Fibre
Eat more fibre. Fibre is a natural laxative. It increases the water content of your stool and helps bulk it up. This will help your bowel movement move more quickly and smoothly through your colon. Abruptly changing your fibre intake can cause gas and bloating, so gradually increase your dietary fibre intake over a few meals

And I am sure we all know about this one!
3. Prunes
And for those that don’t?  Eat prunes! Prunes are high in fibre, so they are a good choice for increasing your fibre intake. They also contain sorbitol, a stool-loosening sugar that naturally helps relieve constipation.

4. Olive Oil
Take a tablespoon of olive oil before eating breakfast in the morning. As a nutrient-dense oil, this natural cure stimulates the digestive tract. It also lubricates the bowels and provides antioxidant protection at the same time.

5. Probiotics
Yogurt and kefir make for an excellent breakfast, whether it’s consumed as is, or mixed with your favourite breakfast cereal or grain-free granola.  Friendly bacteria encourage healthy bowels which translates to easier evacuation. Increased frequency, better stool consistency, and a reduced digestive transit time have all been observed with individuals who consume probiotics.

6 Beans
Rich in fibre, a meal containing beans shares many similar benefits as one containing prunes, but one things for sure, the fibre keeps stool soft, and the protein has added benefits for growth and repair of bodily tissues. Beans also possess nutrients essential for muscle health and function. For many people, beans may be easier to incorporate into their daily meal plans than prunes.

7. Magnesium-Rich Foods
Magnesium is essential to muscle health and the movement of food along the digestive tract. Low magnesium consumption has been associated with an increased incidence of constipation.  Adequate magnesium intake directs water to the bowels, keeping the stool soft and easier to move. Green leafy vegetables like spinach, nuts, and fish are high in magnesium.

8. Baking Soda and Warm Water
Mix one teaspoon of baking soda in a quarter cup of warm water. This mixture is said to relieve pain and pressure associated with constipation, and the bicarbonate is believed to reduce symptoms associated with heartburn. The quicker you finish drinking, the better it seems to work.

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