Just changing to good foods will often get things moving again as nature intended. So much of the lifestyle changes you need to make to avoid constipation are just plain common sense! The important thing is to avoid resorting to over-the-counter remedies with all that ingesting of synthetic chemicals.
Resolve to treat your constipation problems naturally
Here are lots of different ways for you to try and I am sure you will find a few that will work perfectly for you. They are set out as appropriate to the different times of the day:
- A simple remedy is to add the juice of a lemon and some rock salt to a glass of warm water. Drink on an empty stomach first thing to treat any constipation.
- Cleanse your system with a lemon-maple syrup elixir. In a pint sized glass, mix hot water, 1 tablespoon of 100% pure maple syrup, 1 tablespoon of fresh lemon juice, and a pinch of Cayenne pepper which will tickle your insides to release that waste! Drink this for breakfast and fast until lunchtime for 2 weeks to allow your digestive system to rest and the cleansing drink to do its work.
- Drink fresh vegetable juice and nourish your body with live food enzymes from fruits and vegetables. When you juice fruits and vegetables, you separate the organic water from the pulp. The result is a glass of minerals and nutrients in a liquid form. Take at least once a day, and eventually build up to 2 times a day. The benefits from juicing are endless.
- Exercise such as going for a long walk will get things flowing regularly and easily in no time. When you do light exercises, your heart rate starts pumping and your blood starts flowing which will help aid in the constipation. A great exercise is to lie down on your back with a small folded blanket under your lower back. Take a deep breath and gradually raise both legs straight up. Do not bend the knees or raise the legs abruptly. Gradually lower the legs (not too quickly now!) and take a deep breath. Repeat this at least 15 to 20 times. This will help relieve constipation.
- Eat an all natural foods diet for easy digestion. If the food you eat is processed and contains refined sugars and chemicals, your body won't recognize it and won't know how to digest it. The more waste you have inside, the weaker your system will be and the more you'll be constipated.
- Be careful how you combine your foods. Don't mix carbs and protein. Combine carbs with vegetables and proteins with vegetables, but never combine carbs and proteins. Eating these foods together causes improper digestion and the undigested food will just sit and rot in your intestines. Always eat fruit by itself.
- Many medications are renowned for causing constipation such as multi-vitamins with iron and calcium or antihistamines. Ingredients in these harden your stools, making difficult to have a bowel movement. If you are on medication, check on the ingredients.
- Drink water. Typically you should try and drink at least 6-8 glasses a day. It sounds like a lot but water will not only would help you regulate your bowel movements but also help you to flush out the toxins.
- Mulberry juice is often used by older people but any adult can drink it and find it very helpful. Mulberry juice contains many minerals and vitamins and stimulates digestion and assimilation of nutrients in the small intestine. Drinking some of this juice on the onset of constipation could put a complete stop to the problem.
- Eating fibers will help steady your bowl movements the natural way if done on a daily basis. Good foods are beans and leafy veggies. Cabbage has good fiber content too. Guavas, when eaten along with seeds should provide good roughage for bowel movements. Add psyllium husk (which is readily available in capsule form and is a water soluble fiber) for extra help. This excellent digestive absorbs water and expands, scraping the walls of the intestines. You can take it with lukewarm water or plain yogurt.
- Take a teaspoon of linseed (available at health food stores) to provide lubrication to help ease out a bowel movement.
- Try to eat dried fruit every day such as prunes or dried apricots. Prunes are at the top of the list on fruits for softening the stool. Prune juice is a good second choice. Other fruits and fruit juices will also help but avoid bananas if you are constipated as they can make the problem worse. An apple a day (along with its red skin) is very good to keep the constipation away while oranges also stimulate digestion and rejuvenate your bowels. So have them as they are, or juice them out.
- For something more unusual, see if you can find If you can find Harada (Chebulic Myrobalan) in an Indian grocery store, buy it and fry it in ghee. Take an equal quantity of black salt (Kala Namak), and add it to the fried Chebulic. Make a paste from it and store in a dry airtight container. Take a spoonful of this mixture with warm water. It also offers permanent relief to many who suffer from irritable bowel syndrome. Fennel Decoction can also be taken. Boil some fennel seeds in a pot after adding a glass of water. Fennel improves your digestion and regulates your bowel movements.
- Prepare a salad from beet leaves and tomato and eat for any short bouts of constipation.
- Take the powder of 1 dry ginger and mix it with some Senna (Cassia Leaves). Mix together in a cup of lukewarm water and drink immediately.
- Have you thought about an abdominal massage? Just lubricate your hands with some healing oil and massage in a clockwise direction onto the abdomen starting at the belly button and massage outwards in circles.
And night time too
- Take some grapes and discard their seeds or use seedless. Add to a glass of milk and drink every night before bed and chew on the grapes.
- Or take 1 tsp of almond oil mixed with a glass of milk every night before going to sleep.
- Dates are also mildly laxative when had with a lukewarm glass of milk. Eat and chew the dates and alternate with sips of milk in between. Or boil some figs in water. Drink the decoction before bedtime. Try taking this decoction for 3 to 4 nights for treating long term constipation.
- Take a warm bath to help your insides and to lessen the discomfort of any cramps. Fill your bath tub with nice warm/hot water and lay in it and relax for a long soak.
- Eliminate stress and get plenty of rest. Your body may be under stress and as a result, not want to go. Eliminate as much stress as you can from your daily life. Once you have eliminated any constipation, try to get into the daily habit of have a bowel movement at the same time every day.
- Finally, every night before going to bed, take a spoonful of honey and mix it in water (boiled and then cooled) for sipping during the night.
If you are a new mom and especially if you had a less than easy labor with lots of hard pushing, you may be suffering from constipation now. If you have suffered from hemorrhoids or anal fissures,
it is especially important to avoid constipation in the future. Treating constipation the natural way will help you overcome these problems.
But whatever the reason, good luck with the new, improved, more regular you!