National Institutes of Health says that anywhere from three bowel movements a day to three per week is normal. However, a minimum of one bowel movement a day is healthy. Millions of Americans are looking for natural remedies for constipation to cure the problem at home. They buy and use laxatives since they don’t have regular bowel movements. We list here some simple yet effective remedies for constipation. Ayurveda recognizes three states of colons mild, medium and hard as they relate to corresponding states of constipation. For mild constipation, warm milk or 1-2 teaspoon of psyllium husk is enough, however for more serious types of constipation certain lifestyle and diet changes are strongly recommended along with some herbal and natural remedies
Caution: Constant use of laxatives actually weakens the bowel muscles, causing defecation to be difficult without the aid of a laxative, making this over-the-counter meditation rather addictive.
Health risks of constipation
Constipation is considered the mother of all diseases by some medical practitioners, because, if you have fewer than the ideal bowel movements, toxins from the stool can be reabsorbed into the bloodstream, causing or complicating many health problems. Common solution is to take laxative but that’s risky. First you get addicted to them as their consistent use weakens your muscles of the bowel, and second problem is that laxatives drain your body of energy-giving minerals and proteins.
Natural remedies for constipation
We have listed here some of the most effective yet simple home remedies for constipation. Try these remedies along with the diet and lifestyle changes to live a constipation free life.
Increase fiber intake
Double your fiber intake. Most people get only half the daily amount of fiber that they need to prevent constipation. To get what you need, you should have a daily minimum of five servings of fruits and vegetables, three servings of whole-grain foods, and one serving of beans. Half cup of baked beans every day can help prevent constipation. The fiber in baked beans absorbs water, making your stools softer, larger. and more regular.
Hot water to stimulate intestines
With the increase of fiber in your diet, you should drink a lot of water, at least six to eight-glasses a day. The reason fiber relieves constipation is that it absorbs a lot of water, creating large, soft stools. Hot water works better than cold because it stimulates peristalsis.
Citrus peel to treat constipation
Help move stagnant chi. When you drink hot water, put some citrus peel in the glass. Citrus peel stimulates chi, the life-energy of the body. It is believed by the Practitioners of Traditional Chinese Medicine that building up chi gives the body the strength to have a bowel movement. Another way to take citrus is lemon juice. Squeeze the juice of the lemon into an eight-ounce glass of warm or hot water and drink it first thing in the morning to help stimulate a bowel movement.
Olive oils to help constipation
Lubricate your pipes. Monounsaturated and polyunsaturated oils , such as olive, canola and others, act as digestive lubricants and are very helpful in clearing up constipation. Put a tablespoon or two of oil on your high-fiber salad for a perfect anti-constipation meal.
Prune juice to relieve constipation
Prune juice contains compounds that appear to stimulate the intestinal action needed for bowel movements. It is best to drink two to three eight-ounce glasses of prune juice mixed half-and-half with water once a day. Mix twelve ounces prune juice and twelve ounces of water, and drink the solution once a day. When you have a bowel movement, reduce the prune juice solution by half for another day or two. Then cease the treatment.
Bran to treat constipation naturally
Oat bran and barley bran contain soluble fibres, which lower cholesterol and blood sugar levels; they relieve constipation and prevent intestinal cancer. However, remember to drink plenty of water while eating bran to avoid intestinal blockage. Oats help soften your stool to prevent consitpation
Triphala for chronic constipation
Ayurvedic medicine Triphala is considered effective in medium chronic constipation. Follow the instructions on the bottle for dosage of Triphala, it should be taken for a longer period of time for more serious constipation.
Psyllium husk or flax seeds
One to two teaspoons of flax seeds or psyllium husk can be taken with warm water at sleep time to help regularize the bowel movements. Psyllium seed husk, a natural dietary fiber originating from the psyllium plant, which absorbs liquid, bulking up your stool and allowing it to pass through your system more comfortably.
Aloe vera gel
Sometimes constipation is not just a colon problem and it may also originate due to liver problems. In such cases 1-2 teaspoons of fresh aloe gel, with small amount of ginger juice or ginger powder can be used 2-3 times a day.
Aloe powder with fennel or coriander
In severe condition take 1-2 grams of aloe powder with little fennel or coriander.Two to three times a day for a month.
To relieve constipation, take one to two teaspoons Castor Oil without any food, and allow six to twelve hours for the laxative to work. The glycerol and ricinoleic acid in Castor Oil stimulates the intestinal mucosa, causing a laxative effect.
Caution: Do not take Castor Oil during pregnancy or if you have abdominal pain.
To relieve constipation, dissolve two to four level teaspoons of epsom salt in an eight-ounce glass of water, and drink the solution. This concoction typically produces a bowel movement between thirty minutes and six hours.
Caution: If you have kidney disease, take prescription medicine, or have a magnesium-restricted diet, consult a doctor before ingesting epsom Salt as a laxative.
To speed things along, run one tablespoon sesame seed through a clean coffee grinder and sprinkle the powder on cereal or other foods. The oil from the seeds lubricates the intestines, helping dry stools glide through easily.
Typical western remedies for constipation include bitter laxatives for strong action such as rhubarb root, barberry and senna leaf.
In Chinese medicine acute constipation is related to deficiency of body fluids with progressive dryness in colon. Remedies for constipation in Chinese medicine include cannabis seeds rhubarb root.
Exercise or walk
Constipation can result from lack of exercise too. To remedy this situation, simply walk for thirty minutes daily. Exercise and walk may help speed food through the bowel. Always walk or exercise empty stomach, that is, at least one and half to two hours after a meal.