If you are suffering from constipation and do not want to take any medication for it, here are some home remedies you can try. These will not only help you treat it but also regularize your stools. Did you know the causes of constipation? Here are 9 of them.
Symptoms Of Constipation:
Although everyone has a different “poop schedule”, most doctors agree that if you are experiencing two or fewer bowel movements each week, you are suffering from constipation. Common symptoms of constipation include:
- A feeling of being “backed up”
- A lack of interest in eating
- Straining to go but with little or no results
- Very hard stools, sometimes causing rectal bleeding
- Very tiny stools (usually hard, marble sized pellets)
- Feeling as if you did not completely empty your bowels
- An inability to pass stools without using manual pressure (such as your fingers)
Lemon or more particularly the juice of the lemon is very effective in curing constipation. It clears out your bowels and gets the digestive system moving again. Squeeze out the juice of half lemon and pour it in a glass of warm water. Add some honey or a pinch of salt to it. The first thing you should drink in the morning is the lemon juice solution and make sure that you don’t eat anything before. You can also drink it in the evening. It will relieve you from your tummy ache pretty effectively.
2. Castor Oil
Castor oil can also be taken when you are in dire straits and wishing that your bowels would get cleared. Castor oil eases your bowels in softening them so that the hard and dry stools come out easily and you are much relieved. However, you should take castor oil with the recommended dosage. If you are expecting, do not use it.
3. Guavas (amrood or peru)
They have soluble fibre in the pulp and insoluble fibre content in the seeds . They also help with the mucus production in the anus and with peristalsis (a series of contractions within the intestinal lining that helps the passage of food in the stomach). Don’t forget about these health benefits of guavas.
Consume 2 teaspoons of honey thrice a day to cure as well as prevent constipation. Alternatively, take a glass of warm water. Add a tablespoon each of lemon juice and honey to it. Stir well. Drink it on an empty stomach in the morning.
5. Fennel Seed
The fennel seeds are also extremely useful for dealing with digestive disorders and stomach problems. You need to put the fennel seeds in a cup and dry roast them. Also they should be crushed and then sieved as a mixture. After that, store the powder in a jar and drink half a spoonful of it with warm water on a daily basis.
Figs, being a natural laxative and enriched with fiber, help relieve constipation. Eat fresh figs with their skin. Or else, soak dried figs and 2-3 almonds in water for 4-5 hours. Peel the almonds and grind them with figs. Consume this paste at night with 1 tablespoon of honey.
Prunes are a super remedy for constipation.
Prunes are nothing but dried plums which are endowed with the goodness of fibre and sorbitol. Fibre as we all know is known to facilitate the smooth functioning of our bowels and sorbitol, a natural form of sugar which does not get digested easily and hence can draw loads of water while its way to the intestines and add bulk to the stool. Consume 3 prunes for at least a week everyday. You can also have a glass of warm water if required.
Grapes are incredibly rich in fiber as well. For immediate results, boil about 12 pieces of grapes in milk and then drink it right before you go to bed. For long-term digestive well-being, it is a great idea to incorporate a small bowl of grapes into your breakfast. If grapes are not in season, you can always have half a glass of packaged grape juice. Alternatively, you can soak raising in water for a couple of days, then eat the raisins and drink the water on an empty belly.
9. Baking Soda
Baking soda is included as a natural home remedy for constipation in almost every health issue; it is due to its effectiveness. Its name comes first in constipation as well. As it is bicarbonate, it helps the air trapped inside the stomach to escape one way or the other. It also re-alkalizes the stomach, neutralizing the acid a little bit and helping things pass through your intestine.