As with other ailments that people endure, constipation remedies range from seeing a doctor to home remedies that are probably in your refrigerator or pantry. One thing is certain, if you are suffering from constipation and feel the need to see a doctor then do so immediately.
Home Remedies for Constipation
It's important to note that many people run to the store and purchase laxatives as their first counter attack against constipation. Laxatives have their place and if you do take them, purchase one that is fiber-based - it is much gentler on your system. Relying on stimulant laxatives can lead to poor colon health by damaging the muscles of the colon.
A better place to begin with constipation home remedies is with your diet. If you are eating too many processed or refined foods - cereals that are full of sweeteners and fillers - then you should replace them with whole grains and products that are NOT made with white flour; try whole grain breads instead of white bread. Eat whole fruits and vegetables, not juices.
Increase your intake of fiber with healthy whole foods such as grains, fruits (apples, bananas and raisins) and vegetables (asparagus, spinach, and broccoli). Experiment, try a variety of fruits and vegetables that you haven't eaten before but don't over cook the vegetables or add cheese sauces and other things of that nature; they only ruin the purpose of the vegetable. Fiber adds bulk to your stool and encourages the colon to move your stool in a more efficient manner.
Natural Constipation Remedies
Lube your colon
Certain oils act as lubricants in your intestines; take two to three teaspoons of safflower, soybean or olive oil per day until your constipation is relieved. If you don't like taking the oils on their own then use oil in home-made salad dressing, sprinkle them over fresh vegetables or use a nice piece of Italian bread to soak them up.
If you don't drink coffee, try a cup in the morning. The bitterness component that is associated with the taste of coffee stimulates the digestive tract. If you prefer a milder coffee there are a few different types so you could probably find one that is not as dark and overpowering as some of the flavors sold at your local coffee shop. Caffeine is a diuretic - so limit your intake of coffee, soda and black tea.
Fluids, fluids, fluids
Drink lots of pure water - men should drink 13 cups and women 9 cups of water per day. Drink an extra cup or two during short periods of exercise and more for exercise lasting longer than an hour. Water is essential for constipation relief!
Take the FIRST step to cleaning your colon
Cleansing your colon starts with eating a high-fiber diet and drinking plenty of water. This helps keep you regular and puts your body back on track.
But your body can't do it all.
When you're ready to cleanse your body of toxins and undigested food, then you're ready to take the next step in colon cleansing. Keep in mind that colon cleansing isn't for everyone – only for those who want optimal health.