Constipation can be anything from mildly annoying at best to painfully crippling at its worst. Almost everybody has at least one time or another in their life experienced one of these situations to some degree. Constipation can be brought on by any number of reasons, the most common causes of constipation include poor diet, lack of exercise, medication, or not enough fluid intake, but constipation may also be an indication of more serious problems and it’s always best to seek medical attention if it becomes more serious and persistent.
But a mild bout of constipation is a fairly common problem and will normally resolve itself in a few days with some minor intervention. Increasing your intake of fluids, exercise and increased fiber intake are all some things you can do to relieve constipation.
However there are times when paying more attention to the problem is required. It is not recommended to immediately resolve the issue with over the counter laxatives for several reasons, so home remedies are your best alternate solution.
Some home remedies for constipation are better known than others. Of course some of the more common ones include:
- Drinking more fluids, including 6 to 8 glasses of water a day. This is something that is not only a cure, but preventative as well and should be consumed on a daily basis to not only prevent constipation but to cleanse the system of toxins.
- Exercise. Add a walk to your daily routine after dinner or first thing in the morning. Of course there are added health benefits to this as well.
- Add fiber rich foods to your diet like fruits and vegetables. Most people don’t consume enough of them. You can also try adding more laxative foods.
- Prunes. A well known cure for a bout of constipation in either fruit or juice form.
There are many more, less commonly known home remedies for constipation. Among them are:
- Drink ½ of cabbage juice twice daily until cured.
- Eating fruits such as bael, mangoes, pears, grapes, papaya, figs, oranges, guava and apples are all excellent home remedies for constipation. These could also be added to your daily dietary intake for preventative measures along with their other obvious health benefits.
- Castor oil. Tastes bad, but very effective as a laxative. But caution should be taken to follow the directions on the bottle and not for any extended period of time.
- Psyllium fiber.
- Cascara Sagrada. A powerful stimulant laxative causing muscle contractions.
- Lemon juice mixed in warm water 2 or 3 times a day.
- Drink ½ tsp. of honey mixed in ½ cup of warm water 2 or 3 times a day.
- Drink ½ cup of olive oil mixed in ½ cup of orange juice
- Squeeze ½ of a lime into a glass of hot water and drink. Add salt if you wish.
- Swallow a teaspoon of linseed with water before each meal.
- Keep some water in a copper vessel overnight and drink it in the morning.
- Drink raw spinach juice mixed with an equal proportion of water twice a day.
Constipation is defined as infrequent and irregular (fewer than 3 movements a week) bowel movements that are described as small, hard and dry stool which is difficult and painful to pass. A lot of people mistake their inability to have a bowel movement every day as constipation, but it is important to realize that not everybody is the same and what constitutes normal for one person is not necessarily normal for the next. If it is abnormal for you, then treat it starting with the least intrusive method and progress to more aggressive forms. The next step would probably be to try colon cleansing herbs. If it persists and becomes more serious, seek other constipation remedies and medical attention.