How to Treat Constipation Naturally
“Effective Constipation Remedies”
In this article we’ll examine the most effective natural methods to treat constipation. This frustrating condition has many causes including inadequate fibre and fluids in the diet, a sedentary lifestyle, chronic illness, stress and weak pelvic muscles.
Constant bouts of constipation and associated bloating can be very stressful but very often simple diet and lifestyle changes coupled with exercise can be very effective. Once you’ve found an effective way to prevent constipation, it’s usually only necessary to remain committed to a good eating and lifestyle program to avoid recurrent bouts. I generally advise paying attention to lifestyle modifications first and consulting a doctor only as a last resort.
Let’s take a look at some natural remedies that may be used to ease constipation:
1. Herbal Laxatives
There are many stimulant herbs that work gently to regulate bowel activity. If you suffer a bout or recurring bouts of constipation you could include any of the following herbs in your treatment regimen:
- Cascara sagrada
These natural remedies can effectively help ease constipation but I must emphasize that they are to be used as a short term treatment. Very often these laxatives are abused and used daily for months or even years. Such dependence on laxatives is to be discouraged.
Not only will your body lose the ability to have an unaided bowel movement but these remedies can have potentially harmful effects if overused. These can include effects on the liver, kidneys or heart if chronic diarrhea and potassium depletion occur. Always consult with your doctor first.
2. Safflower, Soy Bean and Coconut Oils
It may be helpful to use vegetable oils daily to help treat constipation. Small amounts (2-3 tablespoons a day) of these oils can be taken until the problem clears up but avoid using large amounts of oils (even healthy ones) as these can lead to weight gain and other health issues.
Sorbitol acts as a stool softener as it is poorly digested in the intestines. This means it draws plenty of water into the gut. Sorbitol occurs naturally in fruits and fruit juices. In particular grapes, peaches, pears, plums, prunes, apricots, apples and gooseberries have a high Sorbitol content. It is found in extremely high concentrations in dried fruits so include these in your diet every day.
4. Heeding the Call of Nature and Positioning
Since the topic can cause some people undue embarrassment this subject is often omitted when it comes to a discussion on combating constipation. I feel it's important to ensure that you go to the bathroom as soon as you feel the need to do so. Once there, squatting is recommended as the best toileting position.
If this is not possible (with the help of specially designed toilet enhancements) then relax and lean forward with the elbows on the thighs. Place a small footstool under the feet where possible. This will help change the position of the rectum to help ease evacuation.
5. The Beverly-Travis Natural Laxative Mixture
This very effective laxative is used to treat constipation and has been proven to work better than other prescribed laxatives in a study conducted amongst residents at a frail care home. The ingredients for the laxative are:
One cup each of:
- Pitted Prunes
- Prune juice concentrate
Mix all the ingredients using a blender or grinder to a thickened consistency. Take two tablespoons twice a day. The dose may be increased or decreased depending on your response to the remedy. It can be stored in the refrigerator to maintain freshness between uses.
These are just a few great ideas to help ease the misery and frustration of both chronic and acute attacks of constipation. Remember to consult your doctor if constipation continues despite implementing lifestyle changes and natural laxatives, you experience weight loss or any bleeding from the rectum. A complete work up may be necessary by a specialist.
Natural Constipation Relief
After trying a few different constipation remedies, I’ve found that what works best for me is a product called “Natural Moves”. This natural treatment for constipation promotes healthy regular bowel movements. It acts as a gentle laxative, but also works quickly, showing results in just 6 to 12 hours! It even relieves the bloated, straining and uncomfortable feeling during bowel movements.
For more information on treating constipation naturally check out these articles:
Constipation Natural Remedies”
“Relief For Constipation”
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