If you’re reading this now, my guess is you have constipation and are probably feeling very uncomfortable right now. Well, you’re not the only one.
Millions of people around the world suffer from this annoying and sometimes painful condition. When constipation happens, you can save time and money by using natural remedies, many of which you probably already have in your kitchen. So, before you take laxatives, give these four natural remedies a try.
1. Lemon water
A cup of warm water with half of a lemon can work wonders on constipation. Lemon water boosts alkalinity making your body less acidic. This process helps flush out toxins. Furthermore, it helps strengthen your immune system hydrate your lymph system and acts as a natural diuretic. So, get into the habit of drinking a cup or two of lemon water each morning.
2. Flax seeds
Flax seeds have many laxative properties. They have high amounts of omega 3 fatty acids and fibre which makes them great for mild to moderate constipation. In fact, they have been used to cure constipation dating back to ancient Egypt. All you need to do is add a tablespoon of ground flax seeds to your smoothies, cereal, salads, yogurt and soups.
3. Coconut oil
Yes, constipation too! Coconut oil helps food breakdown quicker, speeds up metabolism and cleanses the colon. This wonder oil also balances your stomach pH levels, thus, promoting regular bowel movements and improves the tone of your intestinal muscles. Consume coconut oil straight from the jar, add it to your smoothies or mix it with tea coffee.
Calendula has for long been used for a wide variety of conditions, inflammations in particular. When applied topically, it can help heal cuts, stings, bruises and wounds. When taken orally, it helps cure digestive disorders including constipation. All you have to do is steep a teaspoon of dried calendula leaves in hot water for a few minutes and then drink one cup of the tea to soothe cramping and encourage healthy digestion.