Constipation and its 11 remedies

Atrayee De
April 24, 2017
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Constipation and its 11 remedies

Are you someone who suffers from the problem of constipation? Or do you know someone who is suffering from constipation and want to help them? Then you are at the right place, in this article, I will discuss some of the most common natural remedies that are to be used for curing the problem of constipation.

Understanding constipation

Constipation is a condition of the digestive system where an individual has the hard feces that are extremely difficult to expel. In most cases, this occurs because the colon has absorbed too much of the water from the food that is in the colon. The slower the food moves through the digestive tract, the more and more amount of water the colon will absorb from it. Consequently, the feces tend to become dry and also extremely hard. When this happens, there is defecation (emptying of the bowels) which can become very painful for the sufferer.

Symptoms of constipation

  • Few or less bowel movements
  • Trouble having a proper bowel movement (straining to go)
  • Hard or sometimes even small stools
  • A sense that everything didn't really come out
  • Swollen belly or even belly pain
  • Throwing up

Some causes of constipation include

  • Antacid medicines containing the calcium or even the aluminium
  • Changes in your usual dietary intake or activities
  • Colon cancers
  • Eating a lot of the dairy products
  • Eating disorders
  • Irritable bowel syndrome
  • Neurological conditions such as the Parkinson's disease or even multiple sclerosis
  • Not being active
  • Not having enough water or even fibre in your diet
  • Overuse of the laxatives
  • Pregnancy
  • Problems with the nerves and also muscles in the digestive system
  • Resisting the urge to have a bowel movement, which some people do because of the haemorrhoids
  • Some of the medications (especially strong pain drugs such as the narcotics, antidepressants, or even the iron pills)
  • Stress
  • Underactive thyroid (also called hypothyroidism)

Treatments for constipation

  • In the majority of the cases, the constipation resolves itself without any form of treatment or risk to health. The treatment of the recurring constipation can include the lifestyle changes such as doing more and more of the exercise, eating more of the fibre based food, and drinking more and more amounts of water.
  • Usually, the laxatives will successfully treat most of the cases of constipation - but should be used with care and only when it is thought as being necessary. In more difficult cases, the person may also need a prescription for the medication.
  • It is important to understand that what is the exact cause of the constipation - there could be an underlying illness or even a condition. Some people with the recurring constipation use a daily diary where they record their bowel movements, their stool characteristics, and other factors that may help both the doctor and also the patient devise the best treatment.
  • Some of the leading gastroenterologists comment that there are people who do not really allocate enough time for their defecation. Set aside enough time to allow your toilet visit to be unstressed and even uninterrupted, and do not ignore an urge to have say a bowel movement.

Natural remedies

The natural remedies are best suited for our body, they are easy and extremely effective. Some of these remedies are as listed below:

Sesame Seeds

The oily composition of the sesame seeds works to actually go within and moisturize the intestines, which can help if there are the dry stools in a person, which is now a days an extremely common problem in people. Add the seeds to the cereals or even to your salads for the crunch, or pulverize them in a coffee grinder and then sprinkle it on food like a seasoning. This home remedy for constipation is actually a favourite of the Amish and Chinese folk healers.

Blackstrap Molasses

One tablespoon of the blackstrap molasses before bed should helps go ease your constipation by the morning. The Blackstrap molasses is boiled and then concentrated three times, so it has the significant vitamins and also the minerals; magnesium in a particular will help relieve your overall constipation.


Fibre acts like a pipe cleaner, scrubbing the food and also the waste particles from your digestive tract and then soaking up water. It adds bulk to your overall stool, giving the muscles of your GI tract something to grab on to, so they can keep the food moving along. Aim for the 20 to 35 grams of fiber a day to stay regular. The foods particularly high in the fibre include the following:

  • bran cereals,
  • beans,
  • lentils,
  • oatmeal,
  • almonds,
  • barley,
  • many vegetables, and
  • Fresh and dried fruits.

If you're constipated and are taking in the additional fibre, be sure to drink more of the water than usual quantity to keep your stool good, soft and easy to pass.

Mint and ginger tea

The mint and ginger are both proven to be the home remedies to help alleviate a slew of the digestive problems. The Peppermint contains the much needed menthol, which has an antispasmodic effect that relaxes the overall muscles of the digestive tract. Ginger is a "warming" herb that causes the inside of the body to actually generate more heat; the herbalists say this can help to speed up the sluggish digestion. In tea, the hot water will also stimulate the digestion and help to relieve constipation. Dandelion tea is also a good and gentle laxative and it even works great as a detoxifier.

Healthy Fats

Olive oil, the nuts, and avocados all contain the healthy fats, which can actually help lubricate your intestines and ease the overall constipation. A salad with the fibre-rich leafy greens and a simple olive oil dressing, a small handful of the nuts, or say a tablespoon of the natural nut butter on fruit or toast are also some good options. Even if you're watching your weight, the healthy fats are necessary for the basic body functions; they are very satiating to keep you satisfied with having less.

Lemon Water

The citric acid in lemon juice acts as a good form of a stimulant to your digestive system and it can help even to flush out the toxins from your body. Squeeze the fresh lemon juice into a glass of the water every morning, or add lemon to tea; you may also find that the refreshingly tart water not only acts as a natural remedy to your overall constipation but also that it helps you drink more water each day, which will in turn improve your long-term digestion.


Coffee can actually stimulate your colon and it can even speed up your trip to the bathroom. Other hot drinks work great too: Herbal tea or say having a cup of the hot water with a little lemon juice (a natural laxative) or when even had with some amount of honey may stimulate your colon as well. Coffee is also a good diuretic, however, so make sure to keep drinking the water or your constipation could actually become worse.


High in the fibre content, the raisins also contain the tartaric acid, which has a laxative effect. In one study, that I was reading the doctors determined that the panellists who ate 4 1/2 ounces of the raisins (one small box) per day had their digested food make it through the digestive track in say half the time it took for the other subjects who did not. Cherries and the apricots are also rich in the fibre content and can actually help kick your overall constipation. Eat these fruits with say a bowl of the yogurt for the added benefits of the gut-soothing probiotics.


These fibre-rich fruits are also a go-to home remedy for getting your digestion back on the right track. Three prunes have about 3 grams of fibre, and they also contain a compound that triggers the intestinal contraction that makes you want to go to the washroom more. Another great dried fruit choice is the figs, which may not cause as much as bloating as prunes.

Castor Oil

This home remedy for constipation has been handed down for the generations after generations. One of the primary uses for the castor oil is as a form of a laxative; take say about 1 to 2 teaspoons on an empty stomach and then you should see results in about 8 hours. Why? A component in the oil breaks down into a form of a substance that stimulates your large and also the small intestines.


Even a daily of 15-minute walk can help you to move the food through your bowel more quickly. If you feel sleepy after say having a heavy meal, try to move around a little instead of just lying down. Jumpstarting the digestive process can actually help you avoid that painfully full feeling that often follows upon having a large meal.

Homeopathic Medication

Apart from the aforementioned remedies, you can also have the homeopathic medications. These have to be taken only after consultation with your doctor:

Atrayee De

Atrayee De

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