Everybody’s metabolism works differently, but sooner or later we all have to experience bowel movement. Some of us do it three times per day, others three times per week. No matter how often we do it, it is important the process to take place smoothly, without feelings of bloating or discomfort. If you have flatulence, or the process is similar more to pushing out a rock, then you definitely deal with constipation. Also, we say that we have constipation if we want to go to the toilet, but it seems that nothing wants to come out.
Constipation must not be neglected. This health problem has to be solved because of several reasons. First of all, the colon is the part of our body which helps us evacuate the waste. The fact that the waste retains for a longer time than needed in our organism provides the ideal ground for bacteria and parasites breeding. Also, the waste starts to return back in our body, poisoning it, the normal functioning being endangered in this situation. Compare our body with a city, in which waste is not collected on time. This results in the appearance of various diseases. The same happens with our body if the stools are not eliminated on time.
Of course, it is also good to know the reasons why constipation occurs. So, the number one cause is poor diet. A diet with a small amount or total lack of fiber, much unhealthy food like refined and processed food, fried food, junk, too much red meat affects the digestive system and it simply cannot assimilate properly all these. In its turn, it is hard for the colon to eradicate them. Besides healthy food products, do not forget the proper water intake, because namely water softens the stool and helps in the easier removal of waste. Other factors that may cause constipation are: stress, no physical activity, different serious diseases like hypothyroidism, IBS, diabetes, cancer, some kinds of drugs, overuse of laxatives, artificial sweeteners.
You may think “Why should I spend time on natural remedies and wait for the result for days, or even weeks? I could take some laxative and the problem is solved immediately”. Well, let me disappoint you, but it is not recommended to use too often laxatives. The problem is that they cause the bowel to become more and more lazy. It becomes dependent of this kind of medicine, and your digestive system decreases its functionality. Even if it removes your current problem quickly, the further you go with the laxative, the worse will become the constipation. Besides these, you can find yourself with a list of side effects if the laxative you used interacts with other medicines you take. So, better keep it away from you!
We come to help you get rid of your delicate problem naturally:
Magnesium is considered the best natural treatment for constipation. It can help you go to the toilet just in few hours after its intake. Magnesium is vital for proper muscle action and nerve conduction. In other words, it relaxes all the nerves and muscles, including those of the intestines and colon, so everything drops out easily. Also, magnesium directs the water to your stools, they to become softer.
There are several ways how you can take magnesium:
– magnesium oxide
– milk of magnesia (ideal for pregnant women)
– magnesium citrate (available in the form of powder and liquid)
– Natural Calm (great for children).
The only thing which you have to do is take care of the dosage. You can use magnesium on a regular basis, but, however, if you feel that you are “too regular”, then lower the dosage a little bit, or if you feel “clogged” again, increase the dosage. Magnesium will do good not only to constipation, but will improve your overall health.
2) Salt and baking soda
Sea salt and baking soda combined with water is an extremely efficient remedy. Use both ingredients if you suffer of hard constipation, or mix just one ingredient with water in case you have mild constipation. Sea salt and baking soda have the property to soften the stools. To prepare the treatment, you have to mix 2-3 teaspoons (half of teaspoon for children) of sea salt and/or baking soda in a medium-sized cup of warm water or juice. You can also add there the juice of half of lemon for extra juice of even effect, as the lemon juice provides the normal bowel movement as well. Drink it on an empty stomach and wait for the magic to happen! Be sure that you are not far from the WC, as the mixture flushes everything out literally. If you are too clogged, you might have to repeat the procedure after 3-5 hours. Also, drink much water after this remedy, as salt can cause thirst and mild dehydration.
3) Olive Oil
Olive oil is a very simple remedy. It stimulates the digestive system and removes the waste quite quickly. Take one tablespoon (for kids half of tablespoon) on an empty stomach and repeat the procedure every 3-4 hours until you feel relief. Again, for extra benefit and taste, you can add one teaspoon of fresh lemon juice. If you still do not bear olive oil taste, add a pinch of sea salt. Opt for extra virgin olive oil in dark bottles.
4) Castor Oil
Another remedy which is definitely on the list of the most effective solutions for constipation is castor oil. The problem is that it can be too effective, so be sure that you are close to the toilet and in no case use it in the evening, as you can find yourself with a nasty accident in the bed. But if you suffer of chronic constipation, you should give a try to this home remedy. So, take a dessert spoon of castor oil on an empty stomach. If the taste is bad for you, you can drink it with orange juice or apple juice. The relief will reach you in several hours. Use this remedy just in extreme cases, and not on a regular basis.
5) Blackstrap Molasses and Honey
Honey and blackstrap molasses are good remedies for constipation due to their high level of magnesium. Together, they are known for their laxative effect. Besides cleaning your body, these ingredients provide boosting of energy. Take a tablespoon of blackstrap molasses and a teaspoon of raw manuka honey before each meal. If they are too sweet for you, add the ingredients into a glass of warm almond milk. This treatment works for pregnant women and kids of all ages, so do not be afraid to use it every time you feel constipated.
6) Tea or Coffee
If you suffer of mild constipation, take a cup of tea or coffee in the morning on an empty stomach. Both of these beverages have caffeine, which stimulates the digestive system. Pregnant women can use this remedy as well.
7) Good Bacteria
You should take into consideration this remedy if you want to get rid of constipation once and forever. First of all, it refers to both adults and children. So, the fact is that we have to maintain the balance between good bacteria and bad bacteria from our digestive tract. The good bacteria make the digestion to take place properly and eliminate the waste accordingly as well. Also, they fight against the bad bacteria not only from the stomach and intestines, but also from the colon. You can increase the number of good bacteria by taking probiotics and eating natural yogurt, kefir or sauerkraut.
Drink lots of water to soften the stools. Also, water helps in digestion. Try to drink a gallon of water for a proper functioning of your organism.
Physical exercises are perfect for the treatment and prevention of constipation. It boosts the intestinal function, including the digestion and the waste elimination. It does not matter what kind of exercises you practice, just do it! Try to exercise about 30 minutes every day.
If you deal with constipation often, include in your diet more fresh fruit and vegetables, herbs, nuts and grains. These groups of products are rich in fiber, which are essential for proper digestion and bowel movement. Introduce in your diet prunes, pears, apricots, grapes, figs and apples, flax seeds, cabbage, spinach, beans and broccoli, apple cider vinegar, bananas, rhubarb, fish oil, cod liver oil, raisins, wheat or barley grass.
We guarantee you that these natural remedies will help you get rid of constipation without any side effects. They are inoffensive even for children. However, if you decided to use them, ask your doctor for a piece of advice.