Natural Remedies for Constipation That Can Really Help!

herbal remedies for constipationWhat causes constipation?

Constipation refers to abnormal bowel movements characterized by any of the following conditions:

  • Fewer or infrequent passing of feces (usually less than 3 times each week).
  • Painful defecation i.e. feeling of intense pain while passing out feces, making it difficult to evacuate the bowel.
  • The feeling of incomplete evacuation of bowel.

There are several causes of defecation, like:

  • Improper eating habits are one of the leading causes of constipation. Drinking inadequate water, eating fried and oily food and avoiding the use of fruits and vegetables aggravates the situation.
  • Sedentary life style greatly increases the chances for an individual to develop constipation. Lying down or sitting immediately after the meals cause constipation.
  • It can be the result of some metabolic disorder e.g. hypercalcimia (increased level of calcium in blood), diabetes mellitus, celiac disease.
  • Muscular dystrophy (damage) is another important cause.
  • It can be due to the dysfunction of some gland e.g. hypothyroidism (sub normal activity of thyroid gland).

Whatever the cause is, it makes the passage of feces slow through the gut. As the feces spend more time in the gut more water gets reabsorbed from it, making it hard and difficult to pass out.

The are so many natural home remedies for constipation!

Natural remedies for constipation focus on the use of herbs or simple substances that come straight from your refrigerator or cupboard. This way you can get rid of this painful condition without eating a handful of tablets and capsules each day. Natural remedies for constipation include:

  • Eat grains:

    Eat products made of whole grain. Eat whole grain breads, cereals and starchy products. All these products contain a lot of fiber in them. The fiber helps soften the feces and makes it easy to pass through the gut.

  • Eat vegetables and fruits:

    Eat green leafy vegetables like broccoli, cabbage, spinach, cauliflower and also potatoes, tomatoes, corn and carrots. Among fruits, the best for constipation include apricot, peach, prune, apple, banana, berries and oranges.All these fruits and vegetables are rich in a substance called “cellulose”. It’s a substance which isn’t digested by human digestive track. The presence of this material makes the feces soft and hastens its passage through the gut.

  • Drink plenty water:

    Sometimes, the basic culprit of constipation is nothing else but drinking inadequate amount of water. Presence of enough water in the gut is essential for the proper digestion of food as well as proper bowel movements. Drink at least 8-10 glasses of water each day.

  • Drink fruit juices:

    Avoid the use of canned fruits and fruit juices. Abate the use of sodas and energy drinks. Drink healthy fruit juices instead. Not only they provide you with essential nutrient but also make you bowel movements proper and frequent.

  • Eat Molasses:

    Take 1-2 table spoons of black strap molasses each day, preferably before going to bed. You can also add it into milk, tea or fruit juices. It’s rich in calories and isn’t digested easily. As it remains in the gut, it drains water into the gut making the contents of gut soft and easy to move.

  • Eat Honey:

    Honey has got mild laxative effect. Use 1 tea spoon of honey at least 3-4 times each day. You can add honey in your tea, milk, juices, morning cereals and meals. You can also use it in combination with black strap molasses and apple cider vinegar for optimum results.

  • Eat beans:

    Eating beans is one of the most effective natural remedy for constipation. Beans like lima beans, navy beans, kidney beans, black beans and red beans are best suited for this purpose. Add them in your meals, salads and soups. Beans contain high content of fiber and also help suppress hunger.

  • Drink coffee:

    The constituents of coffee stimulate the movements of digestive track, making it get rid of feces in a much more effective manner. But, be careful and don’t consume it excessively as it might do more harm than good.

  • Eat sesame seed:

    Don’t eat more than ½ ounce of these seeds each day. Sesame seeds help fight constipation by adding bulk to the feces, are rich in fiber, stimulate the movements of digestive track and soften the gut contents. You can sprinkle these seeds on your breads, soups, salads and meals.

  • Use vegetable oil:

    Use vegetable oils for cooking purposes. Use of animal oils make the movement of gut slow and increase the chances of constipation by several folds. Plant oils like olive oil, soya bean oil and sun flower oil are the best for relieving constipation.

  • Exercise yourself:

    Over the past few decades, due to a busy routine, the general trend of living is shifted towards a sedentary life style. It’s a foe and is a cause of several maladies, like constipation. Regular exercise can help improve the condition in people suffering from chronic constipation. Exercise doesn’t mean you have to be a marathon runner. Mild exercises like running, jogging, brisk walking, cycling and swimming is extremely beneficial for people suffering from constipation.

  • Flaxseed oil:

    Mix a tea spoon of flaxseed oil in a glass of orange juice. Drink this mixture once each day. It’s a simple, yet effective, home remedy for constipation. The oil makes a covering over the wall of intestine as well the feces, making the movements easy and frequent.

  • Aloevera juice:

    Aloevera juice is known for its beneficial effects on skin. It’s also very effective when used for the treatment of conditions like constipation. Drink a cup of Aloevera juice each day to get best results.

  • Baking soda:

    Mix a tea spoon of baking soda in ¼ cup of hot water and drink this mixture. It seems to cure several gut complications like constipation and heat burn.

  • Establish a routine:

    The bowel movements are usually strongest during the mornings. Try to establish a particular “go to the washroom” time. Excessive and unnecessary retention of feces is one of the most important causes of constipation. A proper routine can straighten it up.


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Usman is a Doctor with years of writing experience. He is the author of 20+ books and has written thousands of articles and blogs during his writing career.

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