The reason why you should always strive for a natural laxative is that chemical laxatives become addictive – your body goes into a mode where you cannot have a bowel movement unless you take a pill. Also, remember that pills are chemical ridden and are not good for your liver or kidneys in the long run.
The herbs and foods suggested here contain ingredients that will help you combat constipation:
- Aloe Vera – It’s unpalatable, but it usually works. There are ways to prepare it to make it easier to take, but either way, it works and it’s almost instant. You can take the fresh leaves of an aloe plant and boil them. If you boil them for only a short while, the resultant juice will be almost too bitter to drink. But if you leave them on a slow boil overnight, you will notice in the morning that both the leaves and the juice have taken on a pinkish hue and they are much less bitter. You can add honey if it’s still too bitter for you. A big glass of this will have your bowels moving in a short wile. To make sure that you eliminate all the waste that has been sitting in your colon, make sure that you continue with the juice for 2 or 3 days at least once a day. Don’t take it for longer than that because it’s been known to cause stomach irritability. If you want to take it for a long time, on an every day basis, make sure to peel off the green off the leaves of the aloe. This will leave a pulpy strip which you can then boil for the same effect. It’s also much less bitter. You may opt for commercial aloe vera, but remember that all these have a chemical element in them, and may have very trace amounts of aloe at the same time.
- Cabbage is great. You can eat it raw if you choose, but there are numerous ways to prepare cabbage to make it delicious either alone or as part of another meal. If you have frequent constipation, make it a habit to eat cabbage twice or thrice a week. It works as roughage, and binds the waste in the colon for more efficient excretion.
- Pears work great. In fact, if you over eat raw pears, you will have the opposite effect – you will diarrhoea. Eat one fresh pear raw, and you will have a bowel movement soon after.
- For those who can get guavas, they work as well as pears. They will get your bowels moving in no time, especially if you don’t go for the ones that are too ripe. Choose one that’s almost ripe but not quite. If they are small in size as many guavas tend to be, eat 2 or 3, but remember that if you eat too many, you might get diarrhoea.
- Beets are excellent, especially if eaten raw. You will notice reddish urine and stool, but this should not worry you. This is just the beets coming out. A beet will get your bowels moving in a few hours, and it has many other side benefits too.
There are hundreds of home remedies for constipation relief and these are just a few. Avoid reaching for laxatives that come in the form of drugs unless you have tried all the above and they don’t work. Notice too, that the above can be used on children and the elderly as well. You may try them and find that one works better than the other, so you get to choose which one works best for you. The best thing about all these natural laxatives is that they have other nutritional benefits too.
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