Digestive processes are nearly always an awkward line of conversation, but they’re red flags for habits or conditions to which your body does not respond well. Perhaps you eat too much of one food, or not enough of another. A remedy you take may be causing your digestive system stop working entirely, leading to constipation.
Since there can be too many reasons to count, it may be that you need a natural remedy to help neutralize the digestive system and erase constipation symptoms. This in mind, let’s look at eight ways to ease digestion, relieve bloating and erase other discomforts:
Olive oil can help moisturize the body, promoting better energy and fat burning in the body’s systems. A benefit to its compounds, however, is that it permeates the intestines and helps break down blockages, relieving constipation in a healthy manner that isn’t harsh on the body in moderation. Olive oil keeps sugar levels and heart rates low, to prevent any feelings of sickness due to relieving constipation. On an empty stomach, drink one tablespoon of olive oil once daily. Make sure that the olive oil you choose is organic and less refined, and definitely not a byproduct of greasy foods. Only consume olive oil once a day in this manner.
Citrus, fruits packed with vitamin C and other acids, can break down blockages that cause constipation, return moisture to the body—especially when dehydration is a factor—and eliminate bloating and pressure. The acid also helps remove toxins and heavy metals from the body and prevents constipation in the future. Dilute a teaspoon of lemon juice in eight ounces of warm water, or drink lemon tea. If your constipation is also causing other stomach problems, studies show that lemon can calm the stomach and reduce acid.
Molasses is sticky, thick and syrupy, and the perfect consistency to flush the intestines and colon of undigested food. The molasses that works best is referred to as “blackstrap” molasses, the most refined molasses. This gives the molasses vitamins and minerals that can assist in clearing the intestines and neutralizing the stomach. While it shouldn’t be consumed in excess, a tablespoon early in the day can help reduce and eliminate constipation and quiet the stomach. Or, you can add blackstrap molasses as sweetener to a tea.
Regulated amounts of coffee—no more than the two cups a day, as suggested by nutritionists—can help jump start the body’s natural metabolism and signal the digestive system to begin working again, in the same manner as eating or drinking anything, under ordinary circumstances, would wake up the body. Coffee, if kept under two mugs, can moisturize the body and help make the digestive system progress further. However, if taken in excess, the caffeine and other chemicals in coffee can reverse the process and absorb moisture from the body instead. This can cause further constipation and bloating.
Fiber has a reputation for promoting digestive balance and keeping constipation at bay. This is because the body struggles to digest fiber—an actually indigestible material. Fiber adds moisture to the foods that the body consumes, which work their way into the digestive system and provide the intestines with moisture and lubrication. This prevents constipation. While liquids and fiber should always be taken together, many foods with fiber are naturally watery, in addition to starchy. When constipated, try eating:
These can wake up the digestive system and help reduce the toxin levels in your body.
Flax and flaxseed oil work very much like olive oil. Their consistency helps reduce buildup in the intestines and brings moisture to the digested food. Dehydration can often create constipation; flaxseed oil reverses this process and creates optimal conditions to eliminate constipation. Flaxseed oil can be masked inside many different drinks—choose a drink that also has constipation-fighting components. Also as with olive oil, try to drink flaxseed oil on an empty stomach as a preemptive measure.
Aloe vera has the vitamins, nutrients, minerals and texture to match. The gel is part ointment, part food, and can cure a wide swath of ailments and symptoms. Aloe vera is even safe enough to ingest once daily as a preventative measure for many conditions, including constipation. Studies support findings that aloe vera can regulate the body, reduce general ailments, aches and pains, in part because it works as a tool to trap moisture and other nutrients inside itself and onto target areas.
Aloe can, thusly, calm the stomach and reduce constipation. As with fibers, aloe can trap moisture in digested food and prevent the conditions for constipation from ever beginning. You can consume a tablespoon of aloe vera on its own, if you can handle the texture. Otherwise, look for liquid aloe extracts, or combine aloe vera with other foods, like honey.
While plums have their own share of high fiber, prunes act as nearly an entirely fibrous compound. If you could isolate one food that is so entirely fiber that it near solely does the job of fiber alone, it would be the prune. The prune absorbs surrounding moisture as the body digests what it can from the dried fruit. Then, it follows digested compounds and lends them the same moisture. Additionally, sorbitol, a natural carb, acts like the fiber in the fruit and maximizes the same processes. Prunes do twice the job of other fibrous fruits. Eating prunes, or drinking eight ounces of prune juice, can greatly relieve constipation. Just be sure to eat or drink prunes in moderation and allow them to work over time—about twice daily should work best.
No one likes to talk about digestion, but choosing foods with high fiber or high moisture can reduce the chances of foods being blocked in the intestines, or slow moving, which can lead to other health problems. If constipation becomes chronic, make sure that you aren’t eating too much of a certain dehydrating food, or even any one of these constipation-beating foods; nearly any of them in excess will reverse their curing properties. Which remedies have you used in the past—or, which remind you of age-old remedies prior?