Believe it or not, constipation is an incredibly common issue among people. It can be trigger by the food we eat or don’t eat, our lifestyle, disease or medication.
But, for the most part, the causes of chronic constipation are unknown. Hopefully, there are many home remedies you can take to help you with this problem, avoiding the need for constant visits to the doctor.
These best top ten home remedies to deal with constipation have been proven to be safe and effective.
Increase your Hydration.
A common cause of constipation is being dehydrated. You will need to stay properly hydrated, one effective way is to drink sparkling water. Why sparkling? Because studies have shown that it is more effective than tap water.
Consume more Fiber.
People who are constantly constipated have one thing in common, their fiber intake is rather low, and so any doctor would recommend increasing their fiber consumption. Eat more wheat or oat bran, vegetables, whole grains, barley, nuts, lentils, and peas.
This one is a bit controversial, as opinions are divided into two groups, both supported by conclusive studies, one group says exercise has no impact on our bowel movement, while the other group claims it has provided very good results.
Coffee tends to increase our need to go to the bathroom as it stimulates the muscles located in our digestive system. Many studies have shown that drinking caffeinated coffee is 60% more effective than drinking tap water. Increase your coffee intake.
Try the herb, Senna.
Senna is an amazing herb with laxative properties that is very commonly used to treat constipation, Senna is only recommended to use in adults, who aren’t pregnant, breastfeeding, or have certain health conditions. Consult with your doctor before starting.
Whether you take them naturally or as supplements increasing your probiotics intake can be an excellent way to prevent and/or cure you of your constipation. Probiotics help with your bowel movements. Yogurt, kimchi, and even sauerkraut are great sources.
Although not homemade, this one is sometimes required when everything else fails. Taking over the counter or prescribed laxatives should be your last resort, as the body will build up a certain resistance to them, forcing you to increase dosage or getting more powerful ones. Again, before taking them, consult with your doctor, and remember not to abuse these laxatives.
Following a low FODMAP diet is recommended when wanting to treat the symptoms of IBS and of course constipation, you can discuss this option with your doctor.
Glucomannan is a fiber which is incredibly soluble. As several studies indicated that is very effective in dealing with constipation. It is recommended to consume Shirataki noodles as they offer a large amount of this fiber and it is a brand that can be found anywhere.
Just as consuming Probiotics it’s good to prevent and assist with your constipated situation, Prebiotics are also great for that, so, you may want to increase your intake of garlic, onion, and bananas.