What Is Constipation?
Constipation is defined as having less than three bowel movements per week. It may be chronic, or happen occasionally. Some symptoms include:
- hard stools
- straining to have a bowel movement
- feeling as though you are “blocked” or can’t empty your bowels
- needing help emptying your rectum
- abdominal pain
- nausea and bloating
Constipation is caused by many factors, including:
- low-fiber diet
- insufficient fluid intake
- overuse of laxatives
Naturally treatmenr of Constipation
Aloe is known to soothe minor cuts and burns, but it can also soothe your tummy. It’s best to use pure aloe vera gel from the plant. The gel straight from the plant is more concentrated than commercial aloe juice so don’t use more than 2 tablespoons. If you don’t have an aloe plant, than drinking aloe juice can accomplish similar results.
You will need…
-2 tablespoons of pure aloe gel or 1 cup of aloe vera juice
Mix two tablespoons of pure gel with fruit juice and drink in the morning, OR drink one cup of aloe vera juice as needed.
These fiber-rich fruits are a go-to home remedy for getting your digestion back on track. Three prunes have 3 grams of fiber, and they also contain a compound that triggers the intestinal contraction that makes you want to go. Another great dried fruit choice is figs, which may not cause as much bloating as prunes.
Olive oil is a simple and easy home remedy for constipation. And because most people already have some sitting in their pantry, it can be used right away. Olive oil stimulates the digestive system and kicks it into gear, so things usually get moving in the waste department fairly rapidly. Just take a tablespoon (½ for kids) on an empty stomach, preferably first thing in the morning, then every 3-4 hours until you find yourself going free and easy. You can also add a teaspoon of lemon juice to this one as well for flavor and extra benefit. And if you find the taste of olive oil really unbearable (some people do), adding a pinch of sea salt to it definitely helps. Also remember to try and buy the organic extra virgin olive oil that you find in dark bottles if you possibly can.
Tea or Coffee
Having your normal cup of tea or coffee first thing in the morning can work wonders for keeping you regular. Both contain caffeine, which is a natural stimulant for the digestive system and is renowned for getting things moving down below. However, tea and coffee aren’t much use if you’re badly constipated and looking for quick relief. But they are very useful if you’re looking for a simple and easy way to stay regular. Once again, pregnant women can use this remedy but no more than one cup a day is usually recommended.
Dandelions are a terribly annoying weed, but you might view them differently after they help relieve your constipation. The constituents of dandelions make it a gentle laxative as well as an effective detoxifier, and a cup of dandelion tea will be enormously beneficial to those who are suffering from constipation due to inactiveness or the consumption of a lot of processed foods (although drinking it does not mean you don’t need to exercise or eat healthy!)
You will need…
-1-2 teaspoons of dried dandelion leaves
-1 cup of hot water
Put 1-2 teaspoons of dried dandelion leaves into a mug, and pour hot water over them. Cover and let steep for 6-10 minutes. Drink up to 3 times a day.
The fact is you must make sure you balance out the good and bad bacteria in your gut if you (and the kids) truly want to be free from constipation forever. Healthy bacteria is essential for proper digestion, which of course includes the elimination of waste from the bowel. Having these “friendly” bacteria growing and thriving in your colon also prevents the harmful organisms (bad bacteria and parasites) that I spoke about earlier from taking up residence and wreaking havoc on the insides of your gut. The best way to get your daily supply of good bacteria is by taking a high quality probiotic supplement, eating natural yogurt and practicing the art of food fermentation. This will ensure your digestive system stays in tip top condition, and best of all, you’ll never have to suffer the awful effects of constipation ever again!
Even a daily 15-minute walk can help move food through your bowel more quickly. If you feel sleepy after a heavy meal, try to move around instead of lying down. Jumpstarting the digestive process can help you avoid that painfully full feeling that often follows a large meal.