Home remedies for constipation

Lack of exercise and fluid in the human body and insufficient fiber in one’s diet are the usual causes of constipation in adults and children. Very often, people treat constipation with commercial laxatives, but they can destroy beneficial intestinal flora. If you experience constipation, you should try treatment with home remedies for constipation before seeing a doctor. If constipation is still there after five days, then you should see your doctor. Home remedies for constipation include exercise, proper diet and herbal remedies.

Lack of exercise is the main cause of constipation in elderly people; bowel movements shouldn’t be forced, instead, people should exercise and walk as much as possible. Drinking water is very important – two glasses of warm water 20 minutes before going to the bathroom will help cleaning the intestines and softening the stool. Also, warm baths increase blood circulation and thereby help against constipation. Watching comedies may help because laughing naturally massages your intestines. Eating habits play the most important role in experiencing and getting rid of constipation; people who eat too many dairy products, meat and eggs are subject to constipation more often than people with different eating habits.

Food therapy against constipation

If you experience constipation, eat more fruits and vegetables. Your everyday food should be fiber-rich like for example, soybeans, yams, sweet potatoes, celery. Foods like walnuts, honey, sesame beans, and peanuts help lubricate the intestines and beans, potatoes, onion and radish help producing more gas and accelerate the movement of intestines.

In the morning:

  • eat one ripe banana and drink a cup of water with 1 teaspoon of honey.
  • eat a raw cucumber with one cup of water on an empty stomach.
  • drink potato juice on an empty stomach. To make potato juice you need a big-sized potato and one tablespoon of honey. Mix ingredients with a cup of water.
  • consume one tablespoon of olive oil.

During the day:

  • eat ½ lb. of yams (two or three times a week).
  • eat ½ oz. of pine seeds twice a day. The pine seeds should be lightly stir-fried and peeled.

Before bedtime:

  • eat 1 oz. of walnuts (if it’s a chronic case of constipation).
  • take two tablespoons of blackstrap molasses. It’s sweet and sticky so you may want to brush your teeth after the intake.

High-fiber colon cleansing foods:

apples, apricots, bananas, beets, black cherries, cabbage, carrots, celery, chia seeds, dates, figs, grapes, okra, papayas, parsley, peaches, pears, prunes, raisins, sesame, sunflower seeds and spinach.

You should eat fruits when they ripe otherwise they may cause digestive problems.

How to make a laxative candy

Ingredients:

  • 75 g raisins
  • 88 g prunes
  • 84 g flax seeds

Use a blender to grind the ingredients and add a bit of liquid.

Shape the mix into little balls (cca. 5 cm or 2 inch in size).

You can roll the balls in coconut or sesame seeds.

Store in the refrigerator and eat daily.

The best herbal remedy for constipation

Choose the right herbal remedy and combine it with other home remedies for constipation. There are lots of different herbs and plants which can help you solve digestive problems including constipation.

A short list of home-made herbal remedies for constipation:

licorice decoction, raspberry infusion, ash infusion (Fraxinus excelsior), mallow (malva) and common chicory infusion, grappa stomachic, basil infusion, verbena (vervain) infusion, mint wine, rosemary wine, rheum palmatum, lemon balm wine.

Suggestions in this article are not intended as a substitute for consulting with your doctor.

References:

Lihua Wang,Chinese home remedies: harnessing ancient wisdom for self-healing (2005)

Brigitte Mars & Chrystle Fiedler, The Country Almanac of Home Remedies: Time-Tested & Almost Forgotten Wisdom (2011)

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