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Go Natural for Your Constipation Remedy
There is artificial and there is natural constipation remedy. While it cannot be denied that chemically-prepared constipation remedies work, these synthetic laxatives tend to have side effects that appear immediately or after a period of time and with continued usage.
The following classifications are natural forms of constipation remedy that treats constipation in different ways.
Natural Constipation Remedy That Lubricates the Colon: this includes fruits and vegetables with high water content and fiber like spinach, banana, carrot, beet, cauliflower, alfalfa sprouts, seaweed, okra, apricot, prunes, pear, apple, and peach. Nuts like walnuts, almonds, sesame seeds, and pine nuts are also included. Honey and sesame oil also help lubricate your intestines. Soy milk products as well as high-quality fresh milk taken in moderate amounts can also serve as natural constipation remedy.
Natural Constipation Remedy That Promotes Bowel Movement: these are generally foods with high fiber content and oil that help retain water in your colon for easier bowel movement. Included in this category are papaya, peas, cabbage, coconut, asparagus, sweet potato, oats, wheat, rice bran, black sesame seeds, and castor oil.
Natural Constipation Remedy That Enhances Good Bacteria in Your Intestines: the good bacteria in your colon are essential for digestion. And good digestion means less constipation problems. Some foods that help promote the development of good bacteria (flora) in your digestive tracts are miso, raw sauerkraut, yogurt, micro-algae, alfalfa greens, and wheat-grass products.
Herbs as a Constipation Remedy?
Herbs can be classified to two categories when used as constipation remedy depending on their function.
Demulcent herbs – these are herbs that help soften the stool for easier movement. Included in this category are flax seed, psyllium seed, fenugreek seed, marshmallow rot, and licorice root. Many of these natural constipation remedies are conveniently available in drugstores.
Laxative herbs – these have cathartic or loosening effect on your colon that promotes the release of the stool. Some laxative herbs are cascara bark, barberry bark, rhubarb root, and dandelion root.
Natural constipation remedies are safe for almost all types of constipation and for people of all ages. They can even be used by patients suffering from Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), Diverticulitis, or those with inflamed bowels.
One of the best things about using natural herbs as constipation remedy is that side effects, if there are any, are minimal. Keep in mind however, that both synthetic and natural laxatives should not be used as constipation remedy for extended periods as dependency on these drugs can develop.