There is nothing worse than the pain and discomfort associated with constipation. Those feelings of being bloated, the cramping and associated stomach pains can make even the most positive and cheerful of us to become irritable. If you find that you are unable to engage in the activities you usually enjoy it is time to start holistic constipation remedies. Our 5 natural remedies for constipation are the answer!
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These home remedies are simple, as well as being completely natural and safe. Here are the remedies that will bring about almost instant relief. We also offer a full days diet plan. Not for weight loss, but for adding the necessary range of fibers and liquids to help you get regular and stay regular!
The best news is that all the remedies suggested in this post are every day ingredients that are likely to be found in your kitchen cupboards. Before using pharmaceuticals always try natural home products for your constipation relief.
5 Natural Remedies For Constipation (How To Stay Regular)
Number 1 – Constipation Remedies – Black Strap Molasses
Sweeten your day by using Blackstrap molasses as part of your constipation treatment. This tasty and nutritional treat will work for even the most chronic cases of constipation.
Molasses is made by boiling the juice of sugar cane. As it condenses and concentrates the sugars crystallize leaving regular molasses.
Black strap molasses is made by the further boiling of regular molasses. This condenses it further increasing the crystallization. This process leaves a thick black molasses which is rich in minerals and vitamins.
In particular the black strap molasses contains high levels of magnesium. It is the magnesium that is actually what we are looking for. Magnesium is known to aid constipation and keeps our bowels healthy and regular.
All you need do is take 1 teaspoon of black strap molasses daily, in addition to your regular diet. If you only suffer the occasional episode of constipation simply take a teaspoon when you recognize the symptoms of constipation.
If you cant stomach the thought of eating a teaspoon of black strap molasses then you are able to dilute it in a half glass of warm water.
You can take up to 2 teaspoons of black molasses for chronic constipation relief…but I do suggest trying with 1 teaspoon initially. this stuff works…and it’s fast!
Number 2 – Constipation Remedies – Baking Soda
Baking soda is an all time “go to guy” for a huge number of home remedies. Wow! This salt does just about everything.
You probably know and use baking soda as a home cleaner…well you’ll be using it in a similar way here … just cleaning you rather than your counter tops!
Baking Soda is safe and one of the easiest natural remedies for constipation (in fact for any stomach or bowel discomfort) due to it being a bicarbonate.
As a bicarbonate it encourages the trapped air associated with constipation related bloating to be released from your system and thereby relieving the pressure pain.
As well as acting on our trapped air (which when released will move things along…) it also re-alkalizes our stomach and helps things pass through your system.
This may not be as tasty as Molasses but it is just as effective.
Take 1 teaspoon of baking soda and add it to a 1/4 cup of warm water. Drink the lot in one gulp. Don’t sip this remedy…all in one…down the hatch!
Number 3 – Epsom Salts – Natural Remedies For Constipation.
Epsom Salts are another often spoken of home remedy. Incredibly effective and easy to use which is why Epsom Salts makes it to number 3 of our constipation remedies.
The use of Epsom Salts is recommended as it works in 2 ways. It adds magnesium as well as drawing out stored water.
Epsom Salts will draw excess water retention from our body. This comes from the foods we have eaten and the liquids consumed. These liquids are absorbed and find their way into our bowels for excretion. This helps to soften our stool making it much easier to pass.
Epsom Salts also contain high levels of magnesium (similar to Black Strap Molasses) which causes our bowel muscles to contract aiding in our natural bowel movement.
If you don’t have Epsom Salt you can use regular table salt, as this will help draw water to soften the stool but unlike Epsom Salt it does not contain magnesium so is less effective.
To use this remedy add 2 teaspoons of Epsom salts to a glass of water or pure fruit juice. Ensure the salt dissolves and drink it all.
For children only 1/2 teaspoon.
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If you have a sodium related illness or have been advised to limit your sodium intake you should always discuss this remedy with your health professional before using. It is likely that you will be approved the use of Epsom Salts for chronic constipation but, as with any complementary remedy, it is highly recommended that you check first.healthynatured.com
Number 4 – Natural Constipation Remedy – Fresh Ground Coffee.
There is so much talk we hear about coffee not being good for us and the dangers of caffeine. So why, on a natural holistic website, would you find a recommendation to drink coffee?
Simply put, all things in moderation!
Coffee is a natural product and is perfectly safe if not over consumed.
When you drink a cup of Coffee it acts as a natural stimulant. This will stimulate the bowels and digestive system. 1-2 cups of coffee per day will assist getting us regular and clearing constipation.
A word of warning – Coffee is also a diuretic meaning it will make you urinate more frequently. If you drink too much coffee it could have the opposite effect to that you are seeking. Too much coffee, due to its diuretic properties, can cause dehydration and make your constipation worse.
1 – 2 cups first thing in the morning will assist constipation. Any more coffee during the day and you need to follow that 1 cup of Joe with 1 cup of H2O.
Number 5 – Natural Constipation Remedies – Plum, Pear, Fig And Apple Smoothie.
Plums, pears, figs and apples are exceptionally high in fiber, as are apricots and grapes. These fruits are considered “colon cleansers” and natural remedies for constipation.
Plum, Pear, Fig And Apple Smoothie
- 2 Plums
- 1 Pear
- 2 Figs
- 1 Large Apple
- 1/2 cup Natural Yogurt
- 1/4 cup Water
- Step 1 Prepare fruits. Peel pear and apple. Core both and cut flesh into inch cubes.
- Step 2 Wash figs and cut into inch cubes.
- Step 3 Remove stones from plums and cut into inch cubes-peeling skin is optional
- Step 4 Add all fruit to a blender
- Step 5 Add water and yogurt and blend until smooth
- Step 6 Drink morning and evening
1 Day Diet Plan For Gut Health And To Ease Constipation!
Beans For Breakfast
(250 calories, 9 grams fiber)
Avocado & White Bean Toast
• 1 slice whole-wheat bread, toasted
• 1/4 avocado, mashed
• 1/3 cup canned white beans, rinsed
• 1 tsp. olive oil
Top toast with mashed avocado and white beans. Drizzle with olive oil and season with a pinch each of kosher salt, pepper and crushed red pepper.
Avocado & White Bean Paste on Toast
- 1 slice whole wheat bread, toasted
- 1/4 avocado,mashed or sliced
- 1/3 cup White Beans, canned and rinsed
- 1 teaspoon Olive Oil
- Step 1 Toast the slice of bread, I prefer very toasted not not burnt.
- Step 2 EITHER – Mash white beans with pinch of oregano and/or dill, OR, keep whole.
- Step 3 Spread the beans onto the toast and top with Avocado.
- Step 4 Drizzle with the Olive Oil
- Step 5 Enjoy with 1 Cup Black Coffee.
- Step 6 Take 1 large glass of fresh water after meal is finished.
Mid Morning Snack
2 figs or plums
1 large glass of water and/or black coffee.
Lite Yet Luxurious Lunch
2 cups of Green Leafy Salad (Mixed Greens, Lettuce, Kale, Finely sliced Cabbage).
1 Cup shelled Edamame Beans.
1/2 cup sweetcorn kernels.
1 tablespoon flax seed sprinkled across (or added to dressing) – optional.
1 tablespoon Cilantro.
1 tablespoon Red Wine Vinegar with 2 Tablespoons Olive Oil to dress salad.
2 large glasses of water.
Afternoon Pick Me Up
1 Apple – skin on, sliced
1 handful of raspberries or strawberries
Quinoa & Chickpea Salad
- 1 cup cooked Quinoa
- 1/4 can Chickpeas, rinsed and drained
- 1/2 Cucumber
- 1/2 cup Cherry Tomatoes
- 1/4 Avocado, mashed
- 1/2 Red Pepper, finely chopped
- 1 tablespoon Olive Oil
- 2 tablespoons Hummus
- 1 tablespoon Lemon Juice
- 1 tablespoon Water
- 1 teaspoon Parsley, chopped
- 1 Pinch Salt
- 1 Pinch Black Pepper
- Step 1 Chop 1/4 cucumber into fine dice, Slice the remaining 1/4 cucumber
- Step 2 Dice finely 1/2 of the Cherry Tomatoes
- Step 3 Add the quinoa, chickpeas, diced cucumber, diced tomatoes, diced red pepper and mashed avocado into a mixing bowl.
- Step 4 Add the hummus, lemon juice, olive oil, chopped parsley and water into the salad mix and stir.
- Step 5 Add salt and pepper and stir to combine.
- Step 6 Place the salad into a desert or soup bowl and press so the mix compacts but doesn’t crush the ingredients.
- Step 7 Place a serving plate, upside down on the bowl and turn over carefully.
- Step 8 Slowly remove the desert bowl leaving a domed salad on your serving plate (optional).
- Step 9 Dress the plate with the remaining sliced cucumber and cherry tomatoes.
- Step 10 Add more lemon juice or water if too dry or use additional lemon juice to squeeze over plated salad.
Before Bed Brew.
This recipe looks rather nasty but thankfully the taste is better than the look.
It is one of the great home remedies for constipation – but is definitely in the “I do this because it helps” category – I do not do it for the taste!Jason B
1 tablespoon Chia Seeds.
1 Tablespoon Lemon Juice.
1 pinch Cayenne Pepper.
250 ml cold water.
Add all ingredients into a glass or mug. Stir continuously for approximately 30-40 seconds. Keep stirring until the water becomes viscous and the Chia seeds are suspended in the released gel.
Drink this mix each evening. This is a sure fire winner when it comes to the best home remedies for constipation.
I hope you do try these 5 simple and easy natural treatments for constipation.
If you do try them I would love to hear from you. Likewise if you have any questions please feel free to leave them in the comments section below and I will get back to you ASAP. Alternatively you are welcome to contact me directly by clicking here.
To your best health.
(and regular bowels!)