Natural Home Remedies for Constipation

| 4/25/2012 9:08:49 AM

Constipation isn’t a glamorous topic, but as the number-one reported gastrointestinal disorder in the U.S., it does affect millions of us. Whether it’s a matter of discomfort or not, constipation should be addressed, as waste matter that sits in the colon for too long has been known to release bacteria and other harmful contaminants back into the bloodstream.

Although it may be temping to turn to a conventional laxative every time you feel constipated, overuse of over-the-counter laxatives can damage the colon and lead to a condition called laxative dependency in which the colon requires more and more amounts of laxatives to produce a normal bowel movement. Feeling plugged up? Try these natural laxatives and home remedies for constipation.

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Natural Laxatives and Home Remedies for Constipation

Eat more high-fiber foods. It’s the obvious, but it must be stated. If your current diet doesn’t include a lot of fiber, add high-fiber foods to your daily regime slowly. An influx of high-fiber foods could shock your digestive system and make you feel even worse. A well-rounded diet should include whole grains, especially brown rice; beans, nuts and seeds; and high-fiber fruits and veggies such as peas, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, corn, carrots, apples, bananas, raisins and berries. Avoid foods high in saturated fat, which move slowly through the intestines, and foods that stimulate mucus production, such as chocolate, dairy and fried and processed foods, which prevent waste matter from moving quickly through the body.

Exercise more often. When you’re up and moving, so are your bowels. The more you sit, the more slowly your bowels move. So get up and go! Just walking regularly can have a positive effect on your regularity.

Drink plenty of water. Water keeps the intestines lubricated, helping waste to pass through. To ensure that you body is hydrated, avoid alcohol and caffeine-containing beverages like coffee, tea and soda, which dehydrate the body.