Surely, you’re no stranger to constipation. Everybody goes through the occasional digestive disruption from time to time.
It can be uncomfortable and cause symptoms like bloating and discomfort. Some may even experience regular constipation, a condition known as chronic constipation.
Treatment options, such as laxatives, are one choice to help get things moving. But many people, and likely you, don’t necessarily like using them. It’s not uncommon for these products to present several side effects like cramping, fatigue, or worse.
Thankfully, these products aren’t generally necessary or worth the risk. There are a number of natural remedies you can try to quell constipation and get things moving again.
Let’s take a look at a few of them.
- Food: Always try food first. It may seem counterintuitive to add food to a full stomach, but remember that not all food is created equal. Including more fiber-rich foods into your diet, like fruit, vegetables, and whole grains, can help restore regular easy bowel movements.
Fiber is an indigestible carbohydrate that helps add bulk and moisture to stool to move the digestive tract with ease. It’s recommended to get 25–31 grams throughout the day.
A little tip to boost fiber intake is finding ways to add it to things you’re already eating. A tablespoon or two of flaxseed, for example, can easily be added to oats, yogurt, or mayonnaise to put on a sandwich.
- Epsom Salts: Sometimes, constipation can be caused by stress or tense intestinal muscles. Lying in a bath with Epsom salts may help you relax and ease your muscles to stimulate a bowel movement.
Other forms of stress relief/management may also help.
- Stay Hydrated: Your constipation could be a result of too little water in your system. Not only does water help soften and move stool, but fiber also relies on it to properly do its job.
For a little extra push, coffee can help stimulate a bowel movement, too.
These are just a few natural remedies that can improve digestion and restore regular, comfortable bowel movements. There are many more, so do a little digging and see what else you find!