10 Natural Foods That Relieve Constipation
1. Water and Fiber
One of the most common reasons for constipation is a lack of fiber in the diet. This means that it’s essential to eat foods that are high in fiber like beans, potatoes, carrots, brown rice, prunes, wheat germ, fresh fruit, green leafy vegetables, nuts, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, etc. Fiber supplements are also a good alternative.
It’s important to drink plenty of water, about 8-10 glasses of water everyday. Caffeine and alcohol don’t count in this number, as they can cause dehydration, and actually make you thirstier.
Molasses is one of the best natural laxatives, so try eating one teaspoon of blackstrap molasses before bed to get the bowels moving. The taste of molasses isn’t for everyone, so if you’re adverse to it, you can try mixing it with milk, fruit juice or prune juice.
Molasses is high in calories though, so this isn’t a remedy that should be used all the time; rather, only when necessary.
Grapes are a great source of insoluble fiber, so drinking a glass of grape juice, or eating a handful or grapes or raisins can be a good constipation cure. Alternatively, you can boil 10-12 seedless grapes in milk and drink it in the evening, which is a great way to give this remedy to your kids.
Spinach is fantastic for the digestive system, especially in its raw form. Raw spinach has components that cleanse, reconstruct and regenerate the whole intestinal tract, which means that including spinach in your diet is essential for alleviating constipation. Have it in a salad, a smoothie or cooked with dinner!
Fennel seeds are very useful in treating issues like indigestion, bloating, constipation or irritable bowl syndrome because it works so well to encourage smooth muscle movement in the digestive tract. To incorporate these into your diet, roast one cup of fennel seeds, then grind and sieve the mixture. Store this finely grain digestive powder in a jar and mix half a teaspoon with a glass of water once a day.
6. Castor Oil
Castor oil stimulates the large and small intestines and improves bowel movement. Have one to two teaspoons of a castor oil on a empty stomach. You should see near immediate results in a few hours. Don’t use this remedy on a daily basis, only when needed.
Figs are another food that’s high in fiber and can be a good food to have if you suffer from chronic constipation. You can use fresh or dried figs to relieve constipation. When fresh figs are available to you, make sure to eat the skin, because this is the most fiber-rich area of the fruit.
8. Flax Seeds
Flax seeds have laxative properties alongside fiber and omega-3 fatty acids. Mix one tablespoon of flax seeds in a glass of water and let it rest for 2-3 hours before drinking. Have this mixture in the morning and before going to bed.
Honey is an effective mild laxative for indigestion that can be used to prevent constipation. Have honey on a teaspoon, on your toast in the morning, in your tea, or mixed into water. Try to have honey twice a day, in the morning and at night.
Lemon juice stimulates the digestive system, and helps to get the system moving. Extract the juice from half a lemon and add it to a glass of warm water, with a pinch of rock salt or a spoonful of honey. You can drink lemon water twice a day.
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