How To Get Rid of Constipation: The Best Home Remedies
When you rarely have a bowel movement, or it takes you a lot of effort to pass stool, you have constipation. If this is the case, you might be looking for information on how to get rid of constipation naturally. Well, you’ve reached to the right place.
Whatever the reason for constipation is, the symptoms are usually associated with hard stools or difficulty passing them, you may have pain while passing stools or you might be unable to have a bowel movement after straining or pushing for more than 10 minutes. In some cases you may also suffer from anal leakage (fecal incontinence).
In addition to the discomfort in the constipation itself, it is often accompanied with headaches, gas, and in severe cases even hemorrhoids.
Natural remedies for constipation can be very effective and simple, and are good alternatives to commercial medications or laxatives.
This article will review some common home remedies for constipation as well as other tips to help you get rid of constipation.
How to Get Rid of Constipation
If you want to spend less time in the toilet and have regular bowel movements, the following tips are helpful and easy to implement:
1. Eat fiber
Food products fortified with dietary fibers or foods containing them naturally are known for their ability to help the digestive system. Insoluble fibers absorb water on their way out of the body, and thereby soften the stool and increase its volume, which encourages easy and fast bowel movements.
You can find fiber in whole grains including rice and buckwheat, as well as in nuts and almonds.
Use fiber wisely: those who are not used to regularly consume high amount of fiber, should increase their consumption gradually to prevent excess gas. Also, those who have undergone gastrointestinal surgery or have diseases related to it, should not consume foods rich in fiber without consulting a doctor.
Increasing your fiber intake is also one of the 70 habits featured in my e-book 70 Powerful Habits For A Great Health which will guide you how to take positive steps to improve your wellness and overall health.
2. Drink lots of water
Without adequate consumption of fluids, consuming dietary fiber will only worsen the constipation. It is important to drink at least eight glasses a day. In addition, adequate intake of water helps cleanse the body and helps in metabolism.
3. Coconut oil
Virgin unrefined coconut oil helps to speed up metabolism and cleanse your body of excess waste. To get rid of constipation, mix 1 tsp. of unrefined virgin coconut oil with 8-oz. glass of natural juice or herbal tea and drink. Repeat 3-4 times per day at least 30 minutes before each meal. Read here about the amazing health benefits of coconut oil.
4. Castor oil
Castor oil is another natural remedy to cure constipation and it is one the best natural laxatives for constipation. It works by increasing the movement of the intestines, helping the stool to come out.
To use castor oil as a natural laxative it should be taken on an empty stomach:
- Adults should take 1 to 2 tbsp.
- Children 2 – 12 yrs old should take 1 to 2 tsp.
- Children under 2 yrs old should not have more than a teaspoon at a time.
You shouldn’t exceed the recommended dosage and don’t take it for more than 7 days. It may also take 6 to 12 hours before castor oil causes a bowel movement.
To find more information about castor oil, its uses and precautions, read my article about the amazing health benefits and uses of castor oil.
5. Eat prunes and dried figs
Dried fruits in general, and particularly prunes, can help the digestive system to function well. Prunes are especially good for curing constipation because they are rich in sorbitol, which encourages bowel movement.
It is recommended to soak the prunes in boiling water for a few hours, eat them and drink the water they have been soaked in, preferably in the morning before a meal.
You can find more uses for figs in my article on 9 ways to use figs as a natural remedy.
6. Fresh tomato puree, beetroot and kiwifruit
Eating fresh tomato puree along with a tablespoon of olive oil will help the intestines to function properly and this can prevent constipation. So does eating a nice dose of fresh beetroot. Also a number of human clinical studies have found that eating kiwifruit is highly effective way to provide relief from constipation.
7. Don’t peel fruits and vegetables
Another excellent source of dietary fiber is the natural skin of the fruits and vegetables we eat.
Instead of peeling your produce, let your mouth work a little harder, and allow yourself two fruits a day with their skin. They are also an excellent source of unprocessed sugar, and can serve as a natural snack that will soothe and settle the gut.
8. Take probiotics
The good bacteria that live in the colon help to balance the harmful bacteria, help the immune system to function well, decrease the formation of gases, prevent intestinal infections and regulate their function. Thus probiotics can also help you to get rid of constipation.
Nowadays probiotics can be obtained in fortified food products, especially dairy products, fermented foods or as supplements. Also read my article about the 9 reasons to take probiotics and why it’s so good for you.
9. Colon cleanse using only 2 ingredients
If you are interested in how to get rid of constipation then you should seriously consider using this powerful colon cleanse.
This colon cleanse uses only 2 ingredients: milk kefir and ground flaxseed. It relieves constipation and promotes regular bowel movements.
Kefir is a fermented drink made usually with milk and kefir grains which are friendly living organisms. Kefir is a probiotic drink that can help you to balance the intestinal flora and restore your digestive system.
Ground flaxseeds absorb water and expand in the colon, aid in the stool passage through your intestinal tract and remove toxins as they pass through. Ground flaxseeds also have other health benefits.
Start with one tablespoon of ground flaxseed mixed with about a quarter or third glass of kefir before breakfast and then again before bed. Some people find that it helps to first try kefir with meals, such as a little amount with breakfast.
You can find more detailed information about this colon cleanser in my article on how to effectively cleanse your colon with only 2 ingredients.
10. Regular exercise and abdominal massage
Nowadays almost everyone is aware of the importance of exercise for health and general well-being.
In general, most of us eat more than we need, and not spend enough energy. Even going out for walks and climbing stairs instead of the elevator can improve our physical situation and help the digestive system work properly.
In addition, abdominal massage has many health benefits including constipation relief. Abdominal massage is very simple to do, and you can find the full instructions in my article about the amazing benefits of abdominal massage.
Stress affects our body in many ways, including the digestive system, and often causes diarrhea or alternatively constipation.
Try to use relaxation techniques to calm yourself. You can read my article about 14 effective natural remedies for stress and anxiety or try these simple meditation techniques for relaxation.
Constipation – When to See a Doctor
Often, constipation will go away on its own within a few days or get better after using the above natural treatments.
According to WebMD, when constipation lasts for three weeks or more, you will need to be checked by a doctor to make sure there is no medical condition that causes the problem.
You should also see your doctor if you have stomach pain, you’ve noticed blood in your stools or you’re losing weight without trying.
Read my other related articles:
1. The Best Natural Laxatives For Constipation
2. Eating Tips for a Healthier Digestive System
3. Top 10 Herbal Teas That Will Work Wonders On Your Digestion
4. How to Effectively Cleanse Your Colon With Only 2 Ingredients