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Constipation Remedy – The Natural Way
A laxative is probably the poorest constipation rem ed y there is. Aside from having so ma ny negative side effects, it's also addictive. What's more, prolong ed intake can per ma nently da ma ge your colon! So the best constipation rem ed y is a natural one.
If you're constipated, the first thing you should change is your diet, of course. But what about a short-term constipation remedy that functions like a laxative? Here are some ideas.
Constipation Remedy – Oregon Grape
Oregon grape is an ancient herbal constipation remedy. Ancient peoples used the root of the Oregon grape, as well as similar plants like barberry, as a natural laxative.
You can purchase this herb as Oregon grape tincture. Mix half a teaspoon in a glass of water. It's most effective when sipped slowly before a meal.
If Oregon grape is too weird for your taste, try boysenberry juice instead. It's a gentle constipation remedy, but you can take more over a longer period since it's more palatable. Or create a more potent constipation remedy by combining the two!
You can try other berries too. A general rule to follow: the smaller/lesser the seeds, the more potent a constipation remedy because seeds can tend to constipate.
Constipation Remedy – Blackstrap Molasses
Now molasses are way too rich in calories for you to take as a daily constipation remedy. But it's great as an occasional remedy. In fact, it's one of the best natural laxatives there are to get your bowels moving.
Before going to sleep at night, take two tbsp. blackstrap molasses. If you can't stand its taste, add natural fruit juice or milk.
Want a laxative that packs a wallop? Spike your molasses with prune juice!
Constipation Remedy – Oils
Vegetable oils, such as soybean or safflower, can lubricate your intestines and cause you to go. But since overweight can also cause constipation, make sure you cut out butter to compensate for the increase in oil intake on the day you take this constipation remedy.
Two to three tbsp. daily should do the trick. Stop the minute you see results. Can't stand the idea of eating oil off a spoon? Mix it in with vinegar or lemon juice, flavor with herbs, and pour it over a salad! It even packs more power as a laxative with lemon PLUS the salad's fiber.
Constipation Remedy – Try This Recipe!
Speaking of lemon, here's a recipe that's effective as a speedy constipation remedy (expect to go inside 2 hours).
Mix the following and eat over crackers:
- 1 or 2 avocados, peeled, mashed
- 1 or 2 tbsp. lemon, adjusted to your liking
- 3 or 4 tbsp. apple-cider vinegar
- Dash of sea salt
To your health!