Get relief from constipation symptoms with these all-natural treatments you may not have heard of before
Symptoms of constipation range from bloating to painful bowel movements and affect about 80% of American adults at some point in their lives. Whether from spastic colon or side effects of medications, constipation treatment is a priority for those who suffer. Chronic symptoms in particular demands gentle, all-natural treatment, because there are possible long-term side effects from using harsh chemical laxatives.
Modern, Lesser-Known Remedies for Constipation
Many people have heard of the traditional remedies for constipation, such as increased fiber or exercise, but science has proven there are effective all-natural treatments for immediate relief of symptoms. Here are a few home remedies to try. Also, in combination these individual remedies become even stronger than they are individually.
Constipation Remedies: Papaya
Papaya is not only high in fiber, it also is rich in Vitamins A, B & C, as well as minerals such as magnesium and potassium. It helps balance the digestion system for improved functioning.
Constipation Remedies: Tree Wormwood
Native to the Mediterranean, Wormwood is one of the oldest plants known to have been used medicinally – especially in digestion tonics! It works well for both constipation symptoms and diarrhea.
Constipation Remedies: Fennel
Fennel has a multitude of medicinal uses, but did you know that it is used after chemotherapy treatments to help restore proper digestion? It’s also a mild appetite suppressant and is excellent for weight loss. By aiding digestion it helps resolve symptoms.
Constipation Remedies: Cardamom
Cardamom is a plant similar to ginger, but it’s the seeds that contain the plant-derived chemical compounds that promote digestive health, thereby helping to relieve symptoms. It’s also a powerful antioxidant!
Constipation Remedies: Aloe Ferox
Similar to Aloe Vera, there are more nutritional and health benefits in Aloe Ferox. In fact, Aloe Ferox contains over 130 biologically active compounds, many of which directly aid digestion! And the “bitters” drained from cut leaves are well-known for their laxative properties. It’s a potent all-natural cure.
Lifestyle Changes for Constipation Prevention
Americans are often chronically dehydrated, and they’re not the only ones. In fact, many people don’t drink enough water and rely on coffee, soda, or energy drinks to cure feelings of thirst. A lot of people feel the urge to eat more when in fact they’re not really hungry, but rather, dehydrated – their bodies urge them to eat because they’ve trained themselves to get a lot of their moisture intake from foods. So, drinking more water can dramatically help weight loss.
Dehydration is also one of the leading causes of constipation, as well. The body needs excess moisture to soften stools and ease the passage of bowel movements. If your urine isn’t clear or nearly clear, or if your stools are hard, lumpy, or even look like hard pellets, increase your water intake and over time your constipation symptoms are likely to ease.
More Dietary Fiber
Not only does fiber act as a sort of scrub brush to remove fecal matter from the intestines, it also absorbs moisture (leading to softer, easier passage through the digestive tract). Just as importantly, it’s an ideal medium for “good bacteria” to thrive in the intestines, greatly aiding overall digestive health. Eat fruits and vegetables, especially “stringy” ones like citrus fruits and celery.
Three 10-minute walks (or one half-hour walk) daily will greatly improve digestive function, leading to easier and more regular bowel movements. When combined with proper hydration and plenty of fiber, it is even more effective. Plus, daily walking is healthy!
Many people have an imbalance of “good bugs” in their guts, the friendly bacteria needed to digest foods and absorb nutrients properly. These imbalances can cause problems! Eating probiotic (“bacterially active”) foods such as yogurt, milk kefir or kombucha helps the body strengthen itself, improving function, and reducing symptoms. Note that to keep them in the body for the long term, it’s wise to also eat enough fiber and drink water, to maintain an environment that helps the good bugs grow. When friendly bacteria is strong and plentiful, it aids digestion and can also make your intestines an environment that is hostile to bad gut bugs!
So, if you find that your system is bound up and you need gentle, all-natural relief, consider these less well known treatment options, especially combined with these simple and easy lifestyle adjustments. You don’t need harsh chemical laxatives to cure and prevent constipation!