Inexpensive and All Natural Remedies That Relieve Constipation
Anyone that’s a sufferer of occasional or chronic constipation completely understands that digestive issues can be a real pain. Anyone at any point of their lives can suffer from constipation, but it’s much more common in people who are female, dehydrated, lack fiber in their diet, inactive, are up in age, take certain medications, or have mental health issues like depression or eating disorders have greater chance at suffering from constipation.
Not only is it an unpleasant and uncomfortable feeling but it can also be a sign of other serious health conditions, such as Irritable Bowel Syndrome or Appendicitis. Common symptoms of constipation can include bloating, acne breakouts, abdominal and back cramps and pain. And constipation itself can lead to bigger issues such as anal fissure, bowel obstruction, or even cancer. We can imagine that none of this stuff is can be found on anyone’s wish list.
To treat constipation many people turn to OTC treatments like laxatives, fiber supplements or suppositories. Normally adding and subtracting a couple of things in your diet can replace the need for those treatments, unless you have a serious underlying health condition that requires prescription medication. Here we’ll be discussing some suggestions on natural foods you can drink that will not only relieve your constipation but greatly improve your health!
Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple Cider Vinegar, or ACV, is considered a superfood in the health and wellness community. It and fix a great deal of body concerns like acne breakouts and scarring, weight loss, diabetes, foot odor, hair and scalp cleansing, liver detoxification, and more.
Apple cider vinegar is most effective in its pure, organic form. It’ll indicate on the bottle that it contains something called “the mother”; that settles at the bottom of the bottle. It’s a string of amino acids and bacteria that is beneficial for the digestive tract. This bacteria is also referred to as “probiotic” a form of good bacteria that regulates the digestive system and has been linked to relieving constipation.
Although there’s been no evidence of extensive scientific research on the correlation between ACV and constipation relief, there’s plenty of anecdotal and historical evidence to support claims that it’s an aid for digestive health.
Drinking one to two tablespoons of ACV mixed with about 8 oz. water, one to three times a day is supposed to yield positive results for the body overall. Start out with one tablespoon and see how your stomach feels. Some people are sensitive to the acids of ACV and find discomfort from drinking it.
Probably the simplest and cheapest option out of all, good old lemon water has the power to relieve constipation and get those bowels moving again.
Water automatically hydrates the body and ensures that your organs are doing what they’re supposed to do anyway. Keeping yourself hydrated with clean water alone can help relieve your constipation. To kick it up a notch and speed up the process, add lemon juice, fresh or from the bottle. It doesn’t matter much as long as it’s pure lemon juice. The acid in the lemon juice els the digestive system to get things moving the way that it should. Drinking lemon water morning and night should help you relieve your constipation naturally within a few days.
Green smoothies are blended mixtures of mostly whole, raw fruits and vegetables. Sometimes you can add different nuts and seeds like chia or flax seeds, or grains like oatmeal. The natural fiber that occurs in these foods keeps things moving smoothly through the digestive system. Green smoothies will not only improve your digestive health and relieve constipation but will improve your health overall. Try adding a daily green smoothie into your diet, or even try out a green smoothie cleanse to help detox your body effectively.
Kombucha is a fermented tea that contains probiotic live cultures that aid the digestive system. It contains “the mother” that’s also found in apple cider vinegar. Kombucha has been proven to help fix a host of digestive issues and have overall benefits for the body in different ways.
Kombucha is a personal favorite and has done wonders with regulating my bowel movements when I drink a cup everyday. You can find kombucha in your local grocery or health food store. There are many delicious flavors to choose from, like ginger, grapefruit, and berry. It’s almost like drinking a strongly soda, without a ton of sugar.
Ever wondered why your grandparents always stocked up on prune juice? Naturally as the body gets older food is processed less efficiently and digestive problems can arise. An old classic, prune juice, has been the go to home remedy for many generations. It’s that good fiber found in the prunes aids the digestive system and encourages smooth and regular bowel movements. It’s suggested to eat prunes, or whole plums for full benefits. Many prune juices on the market are over processed and lack the fiber and nutrients your body needs. If you can make your own prune juice at home, that’s a great option too.
These fairly inexpensive remedies have personally helped me cure and prevent my constipation. If constipation is an ongoing concern for you, consult with your primary care physician or specialist ASAP. Always consult a doctor to figure out the absolute best treatments for you.