Let’s talk… about constipation. Wait don’t run away… Are you back? OK great. Isn’t constipation annoying? Uncomfortable?! I have talked to friends who have constipation issues so bad it takes weeks for them to empty their bowels. Ideally we should “go” after every meal, but bad diets, and certain medicines make it harder and harder to do our business. We can all use a little more fiber in our diets, and I am not talking about the fiber in cereal bars lol. I’m talking apples, and raspberries, and the other natural constipation relief remedies listed below!
Oh my gosh! I had no idea that drinking warm prune juice aided in constipation relief! Where have I been? Here’s what happened… Last night was Halloween, and I had a little too much candy. I have been addicted to these Trader Joes Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups for days now, and they have been really messing with my bowels. (By the way, side note, I have an addictive food personality, which is when you keep eating the thing that tastes good over, and over, and over again, and you can’t get enough–you cannot stop. Help me…) And because I rarely eat sweets, and candy my body doesn’t like a lot of sugar and whatnot, well lo and behold the evil inhumane condition known as constipation pays me a visit. I am a regular gal so I know when my system gets backed up. I thought about having a cup of warm lemon water, but wanted to try something new. I remembered that my mother often drinks warm prune juice for this type of issue, but I was never interested in trying it–until last night. My results: drinking warm prune juice does work, and I only drank about 4 ounces of it, so yeah.
I LOVE Goldenseal tea–it’s disgusting, but it has SO many health benefits that I can easily ignore the taste. The taste IS bitter, almost like tree bark–(wait how do you know what tree bark…), but a few squeezes of lemon juice, and honey will help. I also like to drink it lukewarm because then I can gulp it down, and not worry about sipping it. I often have a cup just before bed, and either I am hitting the porcelain that night or in the morning. Here’s the deal though, I read that too much Goldenseal can cause constipation so if you are not a regular tea drinker, I would only use it in severe cases.
Olive Oil or Coconut Oil
About a tablespoon of warmed coconut or olive oil chased with an 8 ounce glass of water should help relieve constipation. I have found the oils to be very gentle, and I suggest having just after meals.
I wrote a post on the benefits of drinking warm lemon water a few days ago, and one of those benefits was a detoxifying affect–check it out!
I believe in stretching. Why do we naturally stretch when we wake up, or before bed? It’s one of those mechanisms that may seem minor, but that probably play a huge role in the quality of our health! I don’t want to go all biochemist on you, but I feel that many important processes happen when we stretch–from increased blood flow, to oxygen levels. So naturally stretching should aid in constipation relief right? Stretching may not work as fast, or be as powerful as some of the other remedies listed above, but for daily reassurance, and to loosen up your bowels I recommend stretching as a tool to increased digestive health!
Honorable Mentions: Aloe vera juice has helped a few people that I know–my dad included. The aloe vera juice wasn’t as potent in my system though. Coffee can work–for me, it’s usually works if I have a cup during my meal 🙂