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Natural Home Constipation Remedy

Updated on December 11, 2017
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Susana has been an avid researcher and supporter of alternative health and natural remedies for three decades

Help for Constipation - Natural Cures for Constipation

Suffering from constipation, whether frequently or just now and again, can literally be a pain in the butt. Constipation can not only leave us with no choice but to spend many hours sitting on the toilet, it can also be very painful, causing hemorrhoids and anal bleeding.

It's easy to resolve constipation using this quick and easy home constipation remedy. Used for hundreds of years by mothers around the world it's a safe and effective cure for occasional constipation. All you need is some brown sugar and water. The brown sugar and water home remedy for constipation is safe to use for babies as well as adults.

Home Constipation Remedy Ingredients and Usage

It's easiest to make the solution using boiled water that is still hot or warm as this allows the sugar to dissolve quickly. Do make sure that if you're giving the sigar/water solution to babies or children that the solution has cooled sufficiently and is not going to scald.

For babies and children:

Dissolve half a teaspoon of brown sugar per ounce of water. For a baby make around 3-4 ounces of sugar/water solution and give the solution to your baby to drink 3 times a day. For older children make 8 ounces of solution 3 times a day.

For adults:

For an adult use 1 tablespoon of sugar to each ounce of water. Around 8 ounces (or half a pint) taken 3 times a day should od the trick.

Occasional or Long Term Constipation?

The sugar/water home remedy is great for the occasional bout of constipation, since it encourages water to flow into the bowel and makes stools softer and more comforatble to pass.

In fact many of the products available in your pharmacy or that are prescibed by doctors are essentially a sugar/water solution, but you'll see the sugar called by it's chemical name on the ingredient list as dextrose, fructose or sucrose.

Because there is so much sugar in either your home constipation remedy or your shop bought remedy, it's not a good idea to use it constantly (and do not use it all if you are diabetic). Other preparations known to help constipation include the herb senna, glucomannan, polyethylene glycol or ducosate sodium.

If constipation is an ongoing problem for you then it's worth assessing your diet and water intake, both of which can make a real difference to your frequency and comfort of bowel movements.

Water, Diet and Constipation

Constipation is often caused by a lack of water in the body, so drinking more non dehydrating fluids, such as water or milk, will certainly help. Coffee, tea and alcohol are dehydrating and so while you may be drinking a lot of these drinks, they are not in fact helping your body increase hydration levels. If you spend a lot of time indoors at home or in an office with the heating on, you may become dehydrated without realising and so increasing your water intake is important to avoid constipation, as well as dehydration.

Diet is another important factor in preventing constipation in the long term. You need to ensure that you eat a diet with plenty of fiber. Fiber is well known to improve digestive transit and ensure that you expel your waste products comfortably and without pain. Foods that contain fiber are fruits, vegetables and whole grain cereals.

Making sure your diet contains these foods and in conjunction with drinking plenty of water, you will more than likely see a marked difference to your bowel movements. When eating a high fiber diet it's recommended that you also increase your water intake, since fiber requires extra water to digest and expel properly. Without extra water the benefits of a high fiber diet will not be realized.

I hope my home constipation remedy works for you as well as my suggestions for changes to your diet. If not, as well as making sure you that you've spoken to a health professional, there are plenty of products you can try which work well for many people with constipation.

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      Okoli Onyedika Joseph 10 months ago from Lagos

      Nice one. I love the way u highlighted d points. Good job. Here also i have in my hub my personal experience about constipation and how i got relieved using castor oil. Enjoy reading

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      Bea 2 years ago

      What is the ratio of sugar to water?

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      gajanis786 6 years ago

      A very informative hub.....good home remedy specially home with small kids where it becomes a big headache sometime for mothers to solve and your tips should be big relief to them.Thanks.

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      Peg Cole 7 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      This is common in elderly people who lack mobility and exercise necessary to keep regular. I'll be sure to recommend this remedy to my folks. Great information for all ages.

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      Springboard 8 years ago from Wisconsin

      Water is, for me, one of the biggest troubles I have. I never drink nearly enough of the stuff, and it has so many benefits even beyond the daily's. :)

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      Cherri Brown-Jett 8 years ago from Richmond

      Now this is a hub that all readers can benefit from. Constipation affects all of us at some point in life. Good job and thanks for the remedies.

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      Eleanor Candy 8 years ago from Australia

      Thanks for the information and very interesting hub.Home remedies are great in relieving your symptoms.

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      Susana S 8 years ago

      Thanks hello hello and sheila b :)

      That's interesting info lynne, since I don't have a gallbladder either. Though I thought the gallbladder produced bile not bacteria? Maybe the extra bacteria helps digest foods when there is less bile prodcution? I do take probiotics when I've had antibiotics to replace lost gut bacteria, but I didn't know about there use in treating constipation. Thanks for the info :)

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      lynnechandler 8 years ago

      There is another product on the market that my sister and I just found out about. It is a probiotic supplement. It's called align and her doctor recommended it because she had her gallbladder removed. As such she now does not produce enough bacteria to help with elimination. Align helps reintroduce the good bacteria into the system and helps people who have elimination upsets because they have had this surgery or have other issues that cause recurring bouts of constipation, gas and bloating, diarrhea or the urgency to actually eliminate the waste.

      I didn't know about the brown sugar/water one. Thank you for sharing.

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      sheila b. 8 years ago

      So often the simplest remedy is the best remedy. This was good information.

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      Hello, hello, 8 years ago from London, UK

      Thank you for a great hub and a great help.

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