It’s very easy to ask a friend or co-worker about some tried-and-tested home remedies for, say, sore throat or a headache. However, the same cannot be said for constipation. No one really likes to admit that he or she has not pooped for already a week. If you are looking for some ways to restore normal BM without the embarrassment, read on.
- Take a tablespoon of olive oil. Other than being packed with healthy monounsaturated fats and vitamin E, olive oil also helps promote regular bowel movement. Simply take a tablespoon of it on an empty stomach.
- Drink freshly squeezed lemon juice. Citric acid in lemon juice stimulates the GI tract to keep your BM back on track. In addition, lemon juice also helps flush out toxins and waste materials accumulated in the colon.
- Have a cup or two of coffee. Coffee stimulates not only your nervous system but also your digestive system. However, don’t drink lots of coffee because it may leave you dehydrated, one of the causes of constipation.
- Be physically active. If you want to constantly move the contents of your colon, make sure you’re always moving. Lack of exercise is one of the things that often leave people having a bout of constipation.
- Eat lots of fiber-rich food. In your colon, fiber absorbs water and creates roughage, making it easier to eliminate digestive waste products. Include fruits, vegetables, oats and whole grain bread in your daily diet.
- Drink aloe vera juice. It’s no secret that aloe vera is good for your skin and hair. But did you know it also helps ward off constipation? Drink a cup of aloe vera juice regularly until the problem goes away.
- Allow prunes to do the job. Both prunes and prune juice are revered for their natural laxative properties. Eat prunes or drink prune juice in the morning and evening to help re-establish regular bowel movement.
- Fill your gut with good bacteria. One of the causes of constipation is an imbalance of microorganisms in your tummy. Having plain yogurt for breakfast as well as during snack times helps bring back regular BM.
- Establish a daily routine. Choose any mealtime and spend some time trying to move your bowels after it. Doing this on a regular basis will soon restore that reflex everyone’s born with — to defecate after eating.
- Keep a food journal. A bout of constipation is often due to your diet. It’s a good idea to write down everything you eat on a daily basis so you may easily trace the culprit when a problematic BM shows up.
- Drink 8 to 12 glasses of water daily. This is perhaps the simplest and most effective way to ward off constipation. Staying hydrated keeps the intestinal walls moist, allowing for a trouble-free movement of the bowels.
- Heed the call when possible. Leading a busy life may keep you from stepping foot in the toilet whenever there’s an urge to move the bowels. As much as possible, go if you get the feeling you need to go.
Do you know of any other effective home remedy for constipation? Don’t be too shy to share! Regular bowel movement is a sign of good health so you should be proud.