Natural Laxatives
Help to Keep Things Moving.

"Let food be your medicine and your medicine be your food. Each one of the substances in a person's diet, acts upon the body and changes it in some unique way, and upon these changes the whole life depends, whether in health, in sickness or convalescent."  

Hippocrates 2 000 years ago.

You will need to investigate some natural laxatives when you start displaying discomfort in the stomach region and are showing some of the symptoms listed below.

Signs and Symptoms of being Constipated.

These are some of the symptoms and signs of constipation and you have to know that the longer digested food residue remains in the bowel, the harder it gets to get rid of it...

Natural Laxatives that can be Used to Treat Constipation.

It must be noted that herbal laxatives, just as much as their chemical counterparts, need to be carefully chosen and correctly dispensed preferably under the supervision of a herbal practitioner.

  • Aloe vera heals and cleanses the digestive tract which aids in 
  • Senna leaves have been used for centuries to help relieve and prevent constipation.
  • Papaya seeds - are rich in enzymes called papain which is similar to the protein digesting enzymes produced by the pancreas which helps with digestion. Paw paw is also rich in fiber.
  • Catmint or catnip - use the leaves and flowers to make an infusion. Catnip is believed to be beneficial in aiding digestion and thereby sorting out constipation.
  • Flax - is a bulk laxative, stretching and lubricating the gut wall.
  • Yellow Dock - this herb encourages evacuation while at the same time improving digestion.
  • Peppermint contains menthol which has antispasmodic properties especially useful in the gastrointestinal tract for relieving constipation.
  • Chamomile - relaxes the bowel.

For some extra information on natural solutions to having regular bowel movements take a look at home remedies for constipation, where we clearly show the reasons why we get constipated and supply a couple of genuine tried and tested old home remedies to help relieve and prevent constipation.

What Helps Constipation Fast?

  • Apples a bountiful source of fiber found mainly in the skin of the apple.

  • Berries, a sweet solution to getting the insoluble fiber required for warding off constipation.

  • Prunes, one of the most effective foodstuffs for preventing constipation. Prunes are high in fiber and contains a compound which stimulates the intestinal contractions required for regular bowel movements.

  • Raisins, like our friends above, are also high in fiber, and they in turn have their own compound called tartaric acid, which acts as a natural laxative.

  • Rye Bread, another source of the fiber required to keep things moving.

  • Squash, not only helps with lowering high blood pressure but is also a very good source of fiber.

  • Whole Grains will prevent constipation by bulking up and softening stools.

Fibre filled Berries

And finally remember that when using foods as a natural remedy, avoid those that have little or no fiber, such as cheese, ice cream, meat and processed foods.

Eat the foods rich in fiber, get on the bran wagon and know that an apple a day keeps constipation at bay.

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