We’ve all been there. Things are
rumbling in your tummy, you feel big and uncomfortable, but you just can’t seem to poop. Constipation happens to the best of us, and if it happens only occasionally then there are a few quick and simple home remedies to fix the problem.
If it becomes a regular problem, you’ll want to dig a little deeper and maybe even find a nutrition consultant to make some permanent changes to your diet and use proper supplementation.
Water: Drinking water is essential to good digestion. Half our weight in ounces is recommended.
Ripe Bananas: Ripe bananas contain fiber, potassium and digestive enzymes. Avoid green bananas as their starch content is higher and may cause more constipation.
Olive oil: Mix one tablespoon with one to two tablespoons of lemon juice in an eight-ounce glass of water and drink. It’ll get your digestion going, and it’s great for your liver, too!
Rhubarb: Rhubarb cooked into a compote and sweetened with honey provides great relief for constipation.
Sea vegetables: Sea vegetables are high in minerals and aid in healthy digestion. Your thyroid will also thank you.
Milk kefir: Milk kefir has been around for hundreds of years and is commonly used to ease constipation. Just be sure not to drink too much of it, or you’ll actually increase constipation.
Coffee: It’s the bitter components in the coffee that make it a great remedy for constipation.
Peppermint oil: Peppermint essential oil is a well-known home remedy and can be used by itself or with other essential oils.
Ginger: Enjoy plenty of ginger with your sushi, as it has been known for centuries to aid with digestive troubles.
Molasses: Molasses contains magnesium. Mixed in a cup of warm water it can be a great way to relieve constipation. If you don’t care for the taste, add a little bit of honey.
Vegetables: Vegetables are full of natural fiber, which aids in digestion. Load up your plate with plenty of veggies.
Walk: Walking is a great way to get things moving around and moving south. Go for a brisk 15-minute walk when you’re constipated.