Home Remedies for Constipation

Home Remedies for Constipation

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  1. Constipation is a common yet uncomfortable experience that millions of people suffer with daily when food is not easily digested. This results in constipation which is described as three consecutive days without experiencing a bowel movement. The results are a heavy, uneasy feeling, abdominal pain and cramps, and sticky or no stools.

    What makes food hard to digest, resulting in constipation? There are several factors: stress, irregular meal times, diets with oily or spicy foods, anger, fear, depression, climatic changes, and eating food that is unhygienic.

    In your local pharmacy, you can most likely find a few over the counter remedies. However, if you want to try something more natural on the body that has few to no side effects and won’t further aggravate the situation, try a home remedy.

    Here are my top home remedy recommendations:

    1. Slice a lemon and leave it out overnight. In the morning extract juice from the lemon and drink it.
    2. Drinking fresh squeezed orange juice every morning with your breakfast will treat constipation and get rid of any wastes.
    3. Apple a day CAN keep the doctor away! Eat an apple, without slicing it, daily if your stomach is prone to constipation. In just a few days, you will feel much better!
    4. To prevent constipation boil a glass of water. When completely cooled, add a spoonful of honey and stir. Best to drink at bedtime.
    5. A salad made of tomatoes and leaves from beetroot tree can help alleviate constipation symptoms. This simple and quick salad is best to eat when you are already constipated and cannot fully digest a meal. It will fill you up and relive the symptoms of constipation.  Other helpful veggies and fruits you can add that are also known to help are coconuts, carrots, beets, radishes, celery, spinach, and of course, prunes.
    6. Grapes! This has helped my 3 year old out! Grapes can be eaten by themselves or for a more effective method, put the grapes in a glass of milk. Let them soak, and before bed, drink milk, and then eat grapes. By morning your constipation problems should have disappeared.
    7. Castor Oil has long been praised as a remedy for constipation. However, precaution should be taken. Please follow exact directions on bottle prior to consuming.
    8.  For Babies, and please check with your doctor first, try adding a tsp of Karo syrup to the baby’s formula (6-8 oz) or ½ tsp for 4oz.
    9. For children, fiber filled muffins, such as Bran muffins, can safely be eaten daily and are fun to bake together! This is also a great relief for pregnant women and adults.
    10. And finally walking! Nothing more natural than walking about outdoors! This great exercise done for 20 minutes a day can greatly alleviate constipation while you get your daily recommended amount of exercise time in. This is also a healthy alternative for pregnant women.

    As with any advice given regarding a medical condition, please consult with your doctor before trying any of the recommended tips.  With a healthy combination of a low in oil, heavy in fruits and veggies, fiber enriched diet, and healthy exercise, you will soon be one your way to a healthy digestive system. But on its off days, treat your body with a natural remedy!

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