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Friday 21 August 2015

Natural foods and tips against constipation.

We all know that fruits and vegetables are great at providing us with the much needed fiber. Here are some examples that work particularly well when you are dying to go to the toilet:
Beans and legumes: Fiber-rich and low in cholesterol; you can include them in your diet but if you eat too much, it could backfire and you may end up producing too much gas.
Prunes: Well known as natural laxatives, prunes are also rich in vitamin A and potassium. Eat pitted prunes or drink prune juice.
Flax seeds: Packed with natural fiber and omega-3 fatty acids; if you also drink enough water, they’ll absorb it and push everything out of the bowel. Flax seeds are a great addition to smoothies! Flax seeds, when eaten whole, are more likely to pass through the intestinal tract undigested, so the best way to use flax seeds is to buy whole flax seeds and grind them in a coffee grinder when you need to eat them.
Nuts: Cashew nuts and walnuts are particularly good as laxatives, but other nuts will help with elimination too.
Tomatoes: These antioxidant powerhouses will supply you with a good amount of dietary fiber.
Cabbage: Another example of a natural and inexpensive laxative; it also helps to eliminate the toxins from your digestive tract and cleanses you. If you consume it in its fermented form, as sauerkraut, you’ll also provide your body with the much needed probiotics, which play a role in keeping you regular and maintain healthy gut.

Coconut water: If you can’t imagine drinking just water, coconut water is a great-tasting and healthy alternative. And, it’s very effective with constipation. In fact, too much coconut water has been known to cause loose stools, so don’t overdo it. There are other 10 reasons to drink coconut water that you probably didn’t know about.
Constipation: Home Remedies & Homemade Laxatives
When you need a quick relief, below are a few options. If the first one doesn’t work, don’t just give up. Wait 4 to 6 hours, and if there is no effect, take some more or try another one. The great thing about natural laxatives is that you know exactly what you’re putting inside your body.
You can use sea salt or Epsom salt (which has other extraordinary uses). Simply dissolve 1- 2 teaspoons in a glass of warm water and drink it down. You can add some lemon juice to the mixture to help combat the salty flavor. After drinking the mixture, you should begin to see results within 30 minutes to 2 hours.
Castor oil
Not the most pleasant remedy, but it does work. Mix two tablespoons of oil into a glass of water and drink it. According to WebMd, castor oil is known as a stimulant laxative. It works by increasing the movement of the intestines, helping the stool to come out.
Aloe vera
You can buy aloe vera juice which has powerful laxative effect. But be careful as if drank in large quantities, aloe vera juice can cause diarrhea. For more information about aloe vera juice, including precautions and recommended intake, read my post on why you should drink aloe vera juice.
Baking soda
Sodium bicarbonate alkalizes the body and helps the air come out of your bloated intestines.
1 teaspoon baking soda
¼ cup warm water
Dissolve baking soda and quickly drink the mixture. The quicker you get it down, the quicker it’ll work. To increase the health and laxative effects, you can also add some fresh lemon juice.
Apple cider vinegar (ACV)
This must be my all-time favorite. Apples are rich in dietary fiber and they also contain pectin, which helps with the bowel movement. It’s best if you drink your ACV concoction on an empty stomach, first thing in the morning.
1 teaspoon raw unprocessed ACV
1 teaspoon raw honey
½ cup warm water
Mix it together and drink up.
The combination of ACV and honey has many other health benefits.
Other Tips to Prevent Constipation
The best way to deal with constipation is to not get it in the first place – eat fiber, exercise and drink water galore!
Don’t postpone your visits to the toilet. When nature calls, obey. Delaying defecation interrupts your bowel function and can lead to constipation.
Avoid drinks that cause dehydration (excessive alcohol, tea and coffee).
Establish a routine. If you usually do a poop in the morning, make sure you have enough time and you don’t need to rush.


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