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What are the most effective home remedies for constipation?
Here’s a list of few effective home remedies to relieve constipation. • Plentiful water intake throughout the day will keep you hydrated. A cup of carbonated water can get things moving faster. Baking soda water or lemon water work too due to their detoxifying and stimulating action on the digestive system. Citric acid found in lemon is useful in case of chronic constipation and constipation during pregnancy. • Caffeinated coffee stimulates bowel movement. Its stimulating action on the gut is comparable to water and food itself. Soluble fiber in coffee also helps balance gut bacteria and cure constipation. • Senna is a great herbal laxative. Its plant compounds – glycosides – tap the gut nerves to trigger defecation. • Probiotics improve bacterial balance in the gut and release short-chain fatty and lactic acids that enhance stool consistency and bowel movements. Probiotics are particularly useful in cases of chronic and functional constipation. Go for yogurt, kefir, pickles, sauerkraut, kimchi etc. that contain live cultures or try probiotic supplements. • Fresh prunes or prune juice may provide immediate relief from constipation – in babies, kids and adults alike. This super food packs sorbitol – a natural sugar alcohol – responsible for its laxative action. Kids can go for prune or pear juice (120 ml a day) to empty their bowels. • Sesame seeds lubricate the intestines with their oily components, aiding to relieve dry stools and constipation. • Molasses is a highly concentrated liquid containing several vitamins and minerals, including magnesium. It can cure constipation within a few hours. • Flaxseed or flaxseed oil is loaded with omega-3 fatty acids that boost fluid retention in the system. Mucilage in flaxseeds shields the digestive tract and dietary fiber gives weight and moisture to stool, helping it to pass easily. This remedy is particularly good for constipation during pregnancy and needs simultaneous intake of enough fluids to work properly.
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