Constipation is a health disorder, which is manifested with rare bowel movement, abdominal bloating and stool that is painful.
The consequences of constipation, besides bloating and abdominal pain, might be: hemorrhoids, headaches, bad breath, skin problems, fatigue, exhaustion …
The most common causes are the modern way of life and the diet, including: irregular meals, fast food, bad food (not enough fruits and vegetables, lack of fiber), insufficient fluid intake, sitting for a long time, lack of physical activity, as well as tension and stress.
In addition to these causes, reasons for constipation can be: some intestinal diseases, other health problems and often taking of some medications (analgesics, antidepressants, antibiotics …).
Normal bowel movements and work of the digestive organs means that there should be a period of 12 to 48 hours from eating to defecation, and for some people it takes up to 72 hours, but it should happen regularly in relatively equal intervals.
For people who have problems with constipation, the digestion in the intestines happens incorrectly, and the intestinal flora is not balanced, and therefore there are a lot of toxins, gases and solids in the organism.
What causes constipation?
Constipation is common among older people because of the “lazy bowels”, but more and more young people have such problems as well. It is known that the main causes for constipation are: fast food, soft drinks, alcohol, strong spices, coffee and cigarettes, but also too big and irregular meals, as well as eating “on your feet”, without enough chewing of the food.
First of all, in order to solve the problem with constipation, do not forget the golden rule of nutrition: eat plenty of fresh foods rich in fiber (they soften the stool) and drink plenty of water to make your intestinal flora function well. Good habits to prevent constipation are: to take several (4-5) smaller meals during the day, to drink more fluids during the day, to eat more apples, peaches, blueberries, broccoli, cabbage, raw carrots, spinach, cauliflower, zucchini, green peas , beans, bran, barley and oatmeal …
You should avoid fatty and refined foods, because the most common cause of irregular stool is the diet low in fiber and high proportion of fat.
For people who have problems with the digestion of food it is recommended to reduce the sitting and increase the movement and moderate physical activity (walking …).
Do not skip meals
In order to stimulate the reflex bowel movements and the movement of the intestinal contents, you should not skip meals. Namely, if the diet is irregular, thestool may be irregular. The most important is the breakfast which stimulates the secretion of the digestive juices, and thus the work of the bowels. Although the laxatives can provide immediate relief in emergencies, it is not recommended to use this type of medication without consulting a doctor. In the everyday life, you have to constantly work on the efficiency of your stomach.
Natural Remedies for constipation
Here are the most popular and therefore, the most effective natural home remedies for constipation:
When it comes to the treatment of constipation, you should take the bran “fresh”, without soaking them in water. They will grow in the digestive tract, which is necessary. The optimum dose is about 15-20 grams of bran, mixed with yogurt, sour cream or homemade jams. You should take them only in the morning, on an empty stomach. You should expect the effects after a week. Then, you can reduce the daily dose of wheat bran and you can continue with the therapy for months. The treatment of constipation with the help of bran is completely safe and does not develop addiction so, this treatment is fully accepted by modern doctors as well.
The British surgeon Dr. Neil O. Painter and his team have done a series of experiments and developed a method that solves this problem permanently and efficiently without any chemical or synthetic drug.
The solution of the problem, or the method of Dr. Painter, consists of a daily intake of wheat bran in small amounts, three times a day. You read it well, you should only take a few tablespoons of wheat bran every day and after 7-14 days of regular use, most people will fully recover and have 1-2 regular, soft stools a day.
Experiments have shown that different amounts of bran help people with this problem. Therefore, it is recommended to start with two tablespoons of bran three times a day. After 7-14 days if this does not work, you should increase the amount to 3 tablespoons or keep the same amount if the results are good.
It is difficult to consume only bran, because they are dry, so you can add them in the milk, soup, yoghurt, water, in a dish, or eat them in some other way according to your taste. It is important to take 2-3 tablespoons of wheat bran a day.
The bran should not be processed and the results in all patients who use them regularly should be positive. The hard and irregular stool is mostly caused by food that lacks fiber.
Dr. Painter points out that there is not a certain dose for everyone, and that every patient should find their appropriate amount by experimenting in the range of 1-4 tablespoons, three times a day. You should change the amount every 7 days until you find the amount that help you to have 1-2 soft stools a day, which is the amount that is considered as normal. When your stool is balanced, you should continue to use bran in the diet, according to your need.
This is another effective and safe natural remedy against constipation. Crush one tablespoon of flaxseed and pour 2 dl of hot chamomile tea. Let it sit for 5 minutes and then drink it. In order to stimulate the bowel movement, you need to drink two to three such doses during the day.
With only two tablespoons of flaxseed a day, you will do a lot for your health, but do not forget to take enough water in the organism.
Dissolve one or two tablespoons of honey in a glass of cold water and drink it in the morning on an empty stomach. The water must be cold, because the honey dissolved in warm water causes the opposite effect. This method can also be classified as harmless, if the person does not have diabetes.
The plums are probably the best known natural remedy against constipation. This fruit is very effective because it contains a lot of fiber and sorbitol, a natural sugar. The sorbitol is a natural carbohydrate that has the ability to soften the stool. However, be careful, because too much sorbitol can cause gas. In order to alleviate the symptoms, drink one glass of plum juice (or stewed plums) in the morning and one in the evening.
You can eat fresh or dried plums. Keep 10 prunes in water during the night. In the morning when you get up, eat them on an empty stomach and drink the water in which they were soaked. Do this every day until the digestion is stabilized. If it is necessary, continue to do this.
The senna tea is completely natural and extremely effective against constipation but, you should use it very carefully. In fact, it is very strong and you should use it only in case of acute constipation.
Preparation of senna tea: Pour boiling water over a tablespoon of senna leaves and let it sit for 1/2 hour. Then strain it and drink it before going to bed.
This is a strong laxative and it always works. Although it causes relief very quickly, it is not good to use it often because the long-term use will certainly create a habit and contribute to the weakening of the natural reflex discharge.
It is an effective natural remedy against constipation and you should also be very careful with it because it can easily cause dehydration and demineralization of the organism. So, the castor oil is very effective against constipation, but it should have short-term use.
It is not only healthy and delicious, but the olive oil can also help you to solve the problem with constipation. In the morning, drink a teaspoon of olive oil, and it is the most effective when it is taken on an empty stomach. You can also add a little lemon juice to improve the taste, because the lemon is also a great help against constipation.
This is one of the most famous and the most common methods for cleaning of the liver as well!
The caffeine is a natural stimulant of the digestive system, so a cup of coffee will be good if you have problems with constipation. However, do not overdo it because too much coffee can have the opposite effect. It is enough to drink two cups of coffee during the day.
The baking soda is an excellent remedy against constipation and stomach problems. Dissolve a teaspoon of baking soda in 1/4 cup of warm water and drink it.
Wash 1/2 kg of dried figs with warm water and put them in 1.5 liters of water and cook them for 1/2 hour on low heat. Let it cool off and drink 1/2 to 1 liter of the liquid on every 2 hours during the day. Eat the figs.
You will get better results if you cook 1/2 kg of dried figs and 1/2 kg of prunes in 3 liters of water. Let it boil to 2.5 liters. Drink 1 dl of the liquid, before and after meals. In addition, you should take a tablespoon of the cooked figs and prunes. You should take the rest of the liquid, figs and plums between meals or during the following day. The amounts of the ingredients can be proportionately larger or smaller, which depends on the degree of the illness.
Psyllium – a natural stool softener
Psyllium is a type of bran and also one of the best natural stool softeners which can be found in the stores for healthy food.
In the organism, it acts like a broom, it cleans up all toxic buildup in the colon. Dissolve two teaspoons of psyllium in a glass of water, juice or fruit smoothie, stir it and drink it. Then drink an additional glass of plain water (even if you are not thirsty), because the psyllium will absorb a certain amount of water like a sponge.
“10” glasses of water a day
If you have problems with the stool, constipation, the best and the most natural remedy is a large amount of water, it should be warm water. As soon as you get up in the morning, you should drink two large glasses of warm water. You need to drink 10 glasses of warm water during the day and you must drink one glass after each meal.
The warm water will stimulate your digestion and eliminate all toxins from you. Sometimes it takes a few days of this therapy. You should drink warm water when you get up in the morning and in the evening before going to sleep, but you also need to drink it when the situation gets better in order to improve your digestion.
Cup of warm water with lemon juice and salt
In the morning when you get up, add a teaspoon of juice from a fresh lemon in a glass of warm water and add a pinch of salt in it. Stir it well and drink it. Use it as needed.
One of the main reasons for constipation may be a lack of magnesium in the organism. Therefore, you can try with magnesium supplements or increase the daily consumption of some of the mineral waters that contain a lot of magnesium. The foods that contain a lot of magnesium and which you should use in the diet are almonds, peanuts, spinach, etc.
The teas are certainly the simplest traditional natural remedies for the stomach. The teas of licorice, ginger and chamomile are among the teas that are the most effective. They are very cheap and almost always help when there is a problem with heartburn. In order to get a real small healthy bomb, you should make tea from all three of these plants.
Another combination of healthy tea is the one with mint and chamomile. Take a teaspoon of each tea, pour boiling water, let it sit and drink it.
Tea mixture for treatment of constipation and bloated stomach
– 1 pinch of marjoram
– 1 pinch of anise
– 2 pinches of senna leaves
-1 pinch of elderberry flowers
Pour 2 dl of boiling water over the prepared mixture, cover it and strain it after 2 hours. Drink the tea before going to bed, do not use it more than a few days because it contains senna.
Tea made from alder buckthorn, a shrub with purple-red berries
Put a teaspoon of dried bark of alder buckthorn in 1.5 dl of water and cook it for 25 minutes. Cover it and leave it for 4-9 hours. Strain it and drink it before going to bed.
Tea made from wormwood for healing of the constipation
Pour 2 dl of boiling water over 2-3 teaspoons of wormwood, cover it and leave it for 10 minutes. Take 1 tablespoon of it before meals.
Since the wormwood is bitter, you should only pour boiling water over it, do not cook it!
Tea for cleaning of the stomach and intestines
Pour 2 dl of boiling water over 7-8 leaves of elderberry and cook it over low heat for 8 minutes, then strain it and let it cool off. After a while, add a teaspoon of honey.
This is an excellent drink for the treatment of constipation, cleaning of the blood, against diseases of the liver, kidneys, stomach, lungs and rash.
Drink for severe constipation by Malakhov
For all those who have chronic digestive problems and suffer from long-term constipation, Malakhov advises:
Activate the nerves and cells of the colon. In order to stimulate your digestive organs to work properly, use the following drink:
Mix well washed leaves of fresh spinach with a glass of sour milk in a blender. Drink one glass of this drink in the morning and in the evening.
Old home remedy for severe constipation
– 500 g of prunes without pits
– 500 g of dried figs
– 500 g of meadow honey
– 50 g of well chopped senna leaves
Grind the dried figs twice so that they are finely ground, for the plums it is enough to grind them once. It is best to grind them in a good blender, and if you do not have one, you can do it in an ordinary meat cutter. You can buy senna leaves in the pharmacies, in the form of tea. Mix all the ingredients well and put them in a glass container that can be well closed and keep it in the fridge.
In the evening, eat one tablespoon of this super tasty home product. Use it according to your needs, it is better to take it a few days in a row. Everything depends on the organism.
Spices as a cure for lazy bowels and constipation
Besides the healthy medicines and the healing herbs, the spices are also considered as healing for the stomach. The seeds of caraway or anise will immediately cure nausea. Just take a teaspoon of the seeds and chew them or hold them in the mouth for a while and then spit them out. Repeat this three times during the day and the nausea will be gone. The lemon is certainly a healthy medication for nausea, and it helps us with many more problems. Simply squeeze lemon in warm water, add a teaspoon of honey, a little mint, put it in a thermos bottle and there is no need for fear of nausea when you go on a long trip.