Home Remedies for Constipation

Before I go over to the home remedies for constipation, I must tell you that I’ve been there and had that pain as well. And I’ve used laxatives as well. However, over time, I’ve found out that I can naturally relieve my constipation.

 

So, the next time your instinct tells you to reach for laxatives thinks of the home remedies for constipation that I will share with you. As you know, some of the main causes for constipation are a lack of physical activity, poor diet, weakness of abdominal muscles, stress, insufficient water intake and irregular defecation habit. The home remedies for constipation aim to offer immediate help, but a long term solution for the source of the problem as well.

 

Flaxseeds

Extremely rich in fibre, flax seeds are a natural laxative that many people often call “flaxative”. Aside from fibre, flaxseeds are also high in omega-3 fatty acids, making them an extremely efficient home remedy for constipation.

 

All you need is one tablespoon of ground flaxseeds three times per day. You can add flaxseeds either to your smoothie or morning cereal. Just make sure to drink lots of water when you take flaxseeds.

 

Lemon

 

Thanks to their extremely healthy and little acidic taste, lemons are one of my favourite laxatives. They treat constipation by stimulating the digestive system and get your juices flowing.

 

All you need is juice from half a lemon and a glass of warm water. Throw some salt if you are up for it, but lemon and warm water is more than enough. Drink the glass in the morning on an empty stomach.

 

Caffeine

 

I am not going to say coffee exclusively since caffeine is an ingredient found in other beverages as well, for example, green and black tea. But coffee is the best home remedy for constipation among those.

 

Whenever you feel you battle constipation, drink a cup of coffee and you can expect to go to the bathroom in 20 to 30 minutes.

 

 

Dandelion Tea

 

Another tea that has a natural laxative effect, dandelion tea is easy to make and an effective cure for constipation. You need one teaspoon of dried root powder and a cup of boiling water.

 

That is all! Drink it and enjoy the benefits.

 

Prunes

 

When it comes to fruits prunes are one of the best remedies for constipation. Since they are high in fibre, prunes are as a natural laxative as they can be.

 

Aside from fibre, prunes are also high in dihydroxyphenyl isatin, a compound that kicks the colon into action.

 

Figs

To continue the list, we turn ourselves to another fruit that is high in fibre and serves as a natural laxative. You can use both fresh and dried figs. Just make sure you eat fresh figs with their skin on as the skin is the biggest source of fibre.

 

If you want to use dried figs, combine them with the same amount of almonds and soak them in water. After few hours, peel the almonds and grind all the ingredients (you can use your blender). Take one tablespoon of the paste with one tablespoon of honey at night.

 

Olive Oil

 

There is no better fat than pure olive oil, and for a home remedy for constipation, you can use any olive oil (virgin, extra virgin, etc….). Some call olive oil the poster child for home remedies for constipation. For starters, it stimulates your digestive system but also prevents constipation.

 

For the remedy, you need one tablespoon of olive oil and one teaspoon of lemon juice. Take the remedy in the morning on an empty stomach. A word of notice, lemon juice is optimal if you cannot stand the taste of pure olive oil.

 

Baking Soda

 

At the heart of all home remedies, constipation included lies baking soda. This magical powder is one of the best remedies you can get. Thanks to its versatility, baking soda gets the job done in 95% of the tie.

 

For this home remedy, you want one teaspoon of baking soda and a quarter of a cup of warm water. Mix the baking soda with a teaspoon, and drink the mixture as soon as you finish it.

 

Acupressure

 

Acupressure is a great home remedy in a way that all you need is your thumb. I didn’t believe it helps until I found out its magical effects. With your thumb, press the spot between that is located at a four-finger width above your wrist and on the back of the forearm. You might think this spot has nothing to do with your constipation, but apply pressure for two minutes per day on it, and you will see the results.