Home Remedies for Constipation
Yes, there are home remedies for constipation to help you effectively manage and reverse this condition.
All signals are “go” in terms of an upcoming bowel movement, but when you try, nothing happens as you continue to feel bloated. Frustrating…
Or, when you’re finally able to go, it’s extremely uncomfortable.
If you’ve reached the point where you have less than one stool per week, then it’s definitely time to find solutions.
Let’s first explore remedies to help you through this time before we explore an understanding of causes and how to prevent it from coming back.
Home Remedies for Constipation
- Flax Seeds: You can mix it in cereal
- Prunes: Either an 8 oz glass of juice or eat several actual prunes. Don’t overdo it or diarrhea could be your next issue
- Olive Oil: In the morning, drink one tablespoon on an empty stomach. If you have trouble with the flavor, add some lemon juice
- Raisons: Full of fiber and laxative power (tip: overnight, soak them in water and eat on an empty stomach first thing upon waking)
- Oranges: Eat twice per day, one at breakfast and one at dinner
- Aloe: It’s best to drink straight from the plant, about 2 tablespoons of pure aloe gel. If that’s not possible, then use aloe vera juice (about 1 cup)
- Lemons: In a warm glass of water, mix in 1 teaspoon of lemon juice. Then, add salt (helps with the passing of stool) and drink on an empty stomach.
- Spinach: Twice a day, mix about 3 or 4 ounces of spinach juice with the same amount of water.
Causes of Constipation
- Water intake inadequate
- Inadequate exercise or activity
- Consumption of large amounts of dairy products
- Medicines like antacids
- Diet low in fiber
- Overuse of laxatives or stool softeners, which in turn weaken the bowl muscles
- Disorders that cause hormonal imbalances
- Can also occur during pregnancy due to high levels of estrogen and progesterone
- Use of artificial sweeteners
- Certain medical conditions like irritable bowel syndrome, diabetes and cancer
Signs That You’re Constipated
- Your bowel movements are painful
- Your stool is small and hard
- Three or fewer bowl movements in a week
- Abdomen is swollen or you have abdominal pain
- At times you may vomit
- You tend to feel bloated
Control of Constipation
You can control this situation by regulating your lifestyle in the following manner:
- A diet comprising of fiber adds mass to the stool, therefore stimulating the colon. Examples are whole grain cereals, whole wheat bread, beans and products that contain barley.
- Increase your intake of fruits and vegetables, eating at least five servings of sweet potatoes, apples, oranges, carrots, and/or spinach.
- Consume less refined foods whenever possible. For example, avoid heavily cooked vegetables and opt for less cooked vegetables and choose whole grain products over products made with white flour.
- Snack on seeds, such as sesame seeds, which have roughage and soften the contents of the intestines.
- Exercise makes you active which in turn also activates your bowel movements. This is the reason bedridden people are more prone to constipation. Exercises like walking, which doesn’t take much time can be beneficial.
- Proper knowledge of the medications you’re taking for other conditions may help you avoid constipation. Always confirm from the pharmacist or doctor regarding any potential side effects.
- Create a daily routine regarding the passage of your stool where you do it in the morning or evening. This can help train your body to know when to pass stool and this even makes it easier to notice when you’re constipated.
- Consume eight glasses of water a day. This helps ensure the intestines are moistened and bowels then become easier to move.
Home Remedies for Constipation Include Sound Therapy
Sound therapy, combined with the above information, will help you release your stool. Sound healing is wonderful for relieving stress and many folks find music therapy especially effective in reducing the feelings of stress caused by constipation.
This type of therapy helps with an array of conditions brought on by a stress or anxiety, such as irritable bowel syndrome, gas, headaches, stomach pain, etc.
In the 1950’s Peter Guy Manners, a British doctor, determined that your organs and tissues each possess a specific vibrational frequency. Through sound therapy, it’s possible to “massage” these tissues and organs and bring everything back into alignment.
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