Natural Remedies For Constipation

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Occasionally you may feel uncomfortable and bloated and like you need to go to the bathroom but you are not successful at passing anything.

Many people suffer from constipation.  For some reason women suffer from constipation more frequently than men.

If you are having trouble going to the bathroom do not sit on the toilet and strain to have a bowel movement.  This can  cause hemorrhoids or even more serious problems.

There are some ways to help prevent or relieve constipation naturally.

You need to look at your eating and drinking habits.  It takes fluid for the stools to remain soft and easy to pass as opposed to painful hard stools.  Drinking water will keep you hydrated.  It may help to start your mornings with warm herbal tea or warm lemon water.

Lack of fluid in your system can cause you to back up.  You should be drinking 8 eight ounce glasses of water daily to help prevent constipation.

Eat a diet which includes fiber found in foods like whole grain cereals and bread, brown rice, bran and flax seed.  Other good sources of fiber include fruits and vegetables, and beans.  Aim for 25-35 grams of fiber daily.  It is very important that you drink fluids when eating fiber or you will cause the fiber to plug up your system.

Fiber-Food

If you are prone to constipation you want to avoid foods which can make constipation worse.  Included in the group are processed foods, food low in fiber such as dairy products and cheese and foods high in fat.

Regular exercise also helps your body to move food more quickly through your system.

If you are constipated an old remedy that tastes awful still works.  On an empty stomach swallow one or two teaspoons of castor oil and within about 8 hours you should have success.  Some people have almost immediate success.  If you cannot stand the taste of castor oil  you might want to mix it with some orange juice.

You can try eating prunes.  They are high in fiber and they also contain a compound that will stimulate the colon.

You may want to try a fiber supplement like Metamucil.

One of the best natural laxatives is molasses.  Take 1 teaspoon of  blackstrap molasses before bed.  You can mix this with either juice or milk.  Or, you can mix 2 teaspoons of molasses with 2 teaspoons of peanut butter and eat it in the morning.

Dandelion tea works for mild constipation.  Use organic tea and drink 2 cups daily.

Barley water is high in fiber and may relieve constipation.  Boil ½ cup organic barley for 2-3 minutes stirring constantly.  Then add several cups of boiling water to the pot with the barley.  Strain the barley and keep the water.  You can add lemon juice and sugar to taste.

Fish oil may help with constipation.  You can either try fish oil supplements or eat fish such as tuna, salmon, halibut, sardines or herring.

Probiotics may also help relieve constipation.  They are available as supplements and are found in foods such as yogurt.

Laxatives should seldom be used.  They should never be depended on and used on a regular basis.

When  you feel the need to go do not put it off.  Holding a bowel movement in can lead to constipation.

If you are eating a healthy diet to promote regular bowel movements and drinking plenty of fluids and still have frequent constipation problems you need to consult with your health care professional.   Constant constipation may be a sign of something more serious.