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Natural Ways of Preventing Constipation

Updated on March 24, 2017

Causes of Constipation

Constipation is not normal but having a regular digestive tract is normal; also preventing constipation the natural way is healthier. Constipation is when an individual has a difficult time having bowel movements. Eating a lot of sweets can cause serious constipation problems. Avoid eating white granulated sugar as much as possible; this should actually be a warning. White granulated sugar is not your friend!

Causes

  • Not drinking enough water

  • Lack of physical exercise

  • Not eating enough high fiber foods

  • Being stressed

  • Pregnant women tend to get constipated

  • Eating frequent beef and pork

  • Eating cheese frequently

  • Eating too much sugary foods such as candy, cakes, cookies, etc.

  • Tablet vitamins may cause constipation

  • Digestive disorders

  • Iron vitamins (ferrous sulfate) if not taken with a lot of water or natural fruit juice

If your pregnant, ask your doctor before taking any supplements for constipation. Your doctor might prescribe a supplement for constipation that's good for pregnant women.

Natural ways of preventing constipation
Natural ways of preventing constipation

Preventing Constipation 

The natural ways to reduce constipation is easy, and good for your overall health. Exercising is one major way to keep your bowels regular, because exercise helps with proper circulation of blood-flow. Aerobic exercises are great for preventing constipation such as sit ups, walking, cycling, swimming, waist-twists, crunches, and jogging. Most of the list below are foods that act as natural colon cleansers (grains, oats, and almonds). Other ways to prevent constipation, and to keep regular bowel movements as well:

  • Eat Honey Nut Cheerios or Raisin Bran Cereal daily, add raisins.
  • Eat a small bowl of oatmeal with slices fruit in it for breakfast daily.
  • Eat wheat toast with a spread of fruit jam, not jelly.
  • Consume a bowl of pears daily, (2-4 sliced pears).
  • Eat raisins, dried cranberries, dried apricots, dried prunes, etc.
  • Eat a handful of almonds daily.
  • Drink 32-64 ounces of water daily.
  • 100% Orange juice, 100% Cranberry juice, 100% Apple juice, 100% Carrot juice, Grapefruit juice, etc.
  • Get 8-12 hours of sleep a night.
  • 100% Aloe Vera juice taken orally.
  • Never ignore the urge to have a bowel movement.
  • Fruits and vegetables 2-4 times a day.
  • Eat 100% Whole Wheat (Oroweat) bread for your sandwiches and toast.
  • Daily intake of Psyllium husk capsules (intestinal health)
  • Take liquid vitamins instead of tablet form vitamins.
  • Eat 100% whole wheat products daily such as; breads, pastas, crackers, etc.

Also, if constipation is still a problem, seek professional help with your medical doctor. Your doctor may prescribe laxatives temporarily for the constipation; although the natural ways in preventing constipation has longer lasting effects.

As we know white sugar increases constipation symptoms; try using brown sugars, honey, molasses, etc., as your sugar substitutes. Bowel movements should be done every 1-2 days; but you shouldn't let 1-2 weeks pass without having a bowel movement. When you’re taking vitamins like iron pills, take the vitamin with a whole 8 ounce glass of water, or take the vitamin with 100% natural fruit juice. This will help the iron pill/vitamin absorb better in your digestive tract.

If you haven't had a bowel movement within 1-2 weeks, mix 2 table spoons of Apple Cider Vinegar into an 8 ounce glass of water; and then drink it (do this before going to bed).

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Natural ways of preventing constipation

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    • Ann810 profile imageAUTHOR

      Ann810 

      22 months ago from Sunny Cali

      Hi Aelbarsha & Laurinzo, thanks for commenting. Yes individuals are healthier due to less and less waste in the intestines. A person is as healthy as their mid-section (waistline).

    • Aelbarsha profile image

      Abdelhakim Elbarsha 

      22 months ago from Benghazi/Libya

      Thanks for the nice and helpful hub!

      It's almost guaranteed that constipation will be successfully treated if one follows what you have mentioned. This is very clear for me from the results I see with my patients.

      Those who don't improve had underlying digestive disease, while the majority who respond have either habitual constipation or constipation predominant irritable bowel syndrome.

    • Laurinzo Scott profile image

      Live To Write 

      22 months ago from Phoenix, Az.

      This is very good stuff... constipation is a real and more serious thing that most people think... Great Hub!!!!

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