There are many home remedies for constipation that have been known to work quite well, and as such they can offer a natural solution to the problem without having to resort to harsh medications.
Constipation is one of many uncomfortable things that occurs within our bodies. It is the inability to voluntarily move the bowels, and it can cause abdominal discomfort.
Lack of water, exercise, fiber, and some medications can all contribute to causing the stool to become dry and hard. The infrequent and difficult to pass bowel movements may have you reaching for a laxative, but there are several natural remedies that can help.
Although senna is a lesser stimulant herb, it is recommended that you start with that over more powerful stimulants such as aloe since stronger herbs can cause cramping, as well as diarrhea to occur.
Stimulant herbs should only be used when necessary because regular use can cause your colon to become dependent on them.
Another form of herbal laxative is bulk-forming. Flaxseed, psyllium seeds, and fenugreek are all common bulk-forming laxatives that are high in both fiber and mucilage, which means that when you mix these with water, they will expand.
The increased volume creates natural contractions in the colon to cause a bowel movement. This type of laxative should be taken with at the very least two cups of water.
Fresh lemon juice is another of the popular home remedies for constipation as it can also help to get your colon moving again. The citric acid within the juice acts as both a stimulant for your digestive system and a cleanser. The lemon can help to clear out both toxins and undigested material that could have built up along the walls of your colon. Water can be mixed with the lemon juice to both dilute the strong flavor and to provide the fluids that your body needs to get things back in order.
Oil is a healthy constipation remedy as well. The texture and consistency of pure olive oil not only stimulates the digestive system to get things moving, but it also protects the mucous lining of the colon during the excretion of hard stool. Olive oil is rich in vitamins E and K, as well as omega 3 and 6 fatty acids. If taken on a regular basis, it softens stool and helps to prevent constipation in the future.
Another oil that is commonly used as a natural remedy for constipation is fish oil. Fish oil is high in omega 3 to get your colon lubricated and protected as it passes movements.
Flax oil and hemp oil can also help with this function, but fish oil is the best source for omega 3.
Regular use of some of these supplements can also prevent constipation in the future. Including enough omega 3 oils and fiber in your diet will help to ensure healthy bowel movements. Staying hydrated throughout the day and doing aerobic exercises are also key ways to keep everything moving as it should.
Aerobic exercises get things going due to the force that it causes to the intestines. These herbal remedies can all provide relief for constipation without the need of store-bought laxatives.
Any of these home remedies for constipation can offer significant relief. It's just a matter of trying each one and figuring out which works best for your situation.
Whichever one you choose, it's certainly better and healthier than choosing a harsh over the counter or prescription medication that undoubtedly has side effects to contend with.