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Home Remedies for Constipation

Updated on October 22, 2010


People get constipated when they do not maintain healthy diet and nutrition. When you eat excessive fried foods, fast food, meats, or you don't consume enough water, you will find yourself more prone to being constipated.

You do not have to take an over-the-counter laxative to relieve your constipation. There are home remedies that you can try that will be safer for your body, as most commercial laxatives will contain agents that will kill the good bacteria in your body, lessen nutrition absorption, clog the intestinal walls, and turn people into laxative addicts.

You may be constipated if you are experiencing the following signs of constipation:

  • Lack of bowel movements
  • Abdominal pain
  • Heavy feeling in the stomach
  • Your tongue is coated in mucus
  • Frequent headaches
  • Loss of appetite
  • Pain in the lower legs
  • Fever
  • Nausea
  • Vertigo
  • Palpitation
  • Drowsiness

When trying to cure your constipation with an at home remedy, there are many that you can try out, as they won't all work for you the same. Just remember that exercise and keeping a well balanced diet is very important at relieving constipation.

Home Remedies for Constipation

Below is a list of things that you can eat in order to relieve constipation:

  • Guava eaten with the seeds will provide roughage to your diet.
  • Eat prunes, apricots, pears, grapes, papaya, and drink orange juice. Try eating 3 prunes and 3 apricots in the morning and at night.
  • Eat at least three raw, uncooked fruits a day.
  • Eat an apple at least two hours after dinner.
  • Eat two raw, small beets in the morning, and expect a bowl movement in 12 hours.
  • Take 1 to 2 tablespoons of flaxseed with a lot of water right after lunch or dinner.
  • Eat a handful raw, unsalted sunflower seeds daily as they have been known to promote regular movements.
  • Raw sauerkraut contains good bacteria that will aid in digestion and act as a laxative.
  • Bael fruit when eaten raw is a natural laxative, cleaning and toning the intestines.
  • Add unprocessed bran into your favorite cereal in the morning. Start with adding just 1 teaspoon and work your way up to 2 tablespoons each morning.
  • Exacarole and Spanish onions are great natural laxatives that should be eaten raw in order to obtain the most benefit.
  • It's said that eating fresh garlic every day, you can relieve constipation, whether the garlic is cooked or raw.
  • Okra and raw spinach can act as mild laxatives.
  • Take 1 teaspoon of brewer's year and 1 teaspoon of wheat germ with each meal.

Below is a list of home remedies that you can drink to relieve constipation naturally:

  • Drink a glass of warm milk before bed.
  • Drink lemon juice mixed with warm water 2 to 3 times a day or drink prune juice 2 to 3 times a day.
  • Take 1 to 2 teaspoons of aloe gel twice a day.
  • Add 1 teaspoon of corn syrup to 8 ounces of water.
  • Add extra sugar to some honey and a glass of milk and drink it twice a day.
  • Soak a seedless date overnight in a cup of water, and in the morning mash up the date, remove the pulp, and drink 1 teaspoon of the water 3 to 4 times a day.
  • Mix 1/2 cup of olive oil and a 1/2 cup of orange juice.
  • Add caster oil to a glass of warm milk.
  • Soak 50 grams of cassia pulp in water overnight and drink with 25 added grams of water in the morning.
  • Drink a litter of warm water and walk around for a few minutes early in the morning.
  • Mix 1 cup of tomato juice, 1/4 cup of carrot juice, and 1/2 cup of sauerkraut juice and drink.
  • Olive oil is a natural laxative; take 1 tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil in the morning and one after dinner.
  • Mix 1 teaspoon of blackstrap molasses with 1/2 cup of warm water and drink an hour before lunch.

Disclaimer: Please be aware that the advice in this article should in no way replace that of a licensed physician. If you are severely constipated, you want to consult your doctor so that you can get treatment.


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      Juveria 2 years ago

      hi I tried goat milk for may babies constipation .but I add more then 1/2 water in milk .and it's work well

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      Annie 6 years ago from NewYork

      very informative, vote up

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      dusy7969 6 years ago from San Diego, California

      Very nice hub.I follow the tips and feel better.When I follow the the tips then my plumbing works better.We should take exercise daily.We should eat comfortable meal which our stomach digest rapidly.So Thanks a lot for this useful and outstanding sharing.

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      quuenieproac 7 years ago from Malaysia

      Great hub, will certainly apply the tips.

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      InfinityVal 7 years ago from NNY

      Your cartoon is priceless. Love it.

      Thankfully, my plumbing works well, but when things slow down I know it's either because I've been slacking on fiber or drinking too much tea (the tannic acid is drying). Flax seeds and grren foods are great for getting things moving again.

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      Peg Cole 7 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      Lots of ideas here that I'd never heard of for relief of constipation. This is something that seniors often struggle with. And it comes into conversation all too often. Lack of exercise, slow metabolism and poor eating habits contribute to it. Thanks for the new ways to try to overcome.

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      hublim 8 years ago from Scotland

      Great hub. I like a glass of milk before bedtime, but of other reasons. It’s a great source of tryptophan and makes for a great night’s sleep.

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      ruminator 8 years ago from Big Skies, NM

      When our bowels don't move, the whole body suffers - it's a big problem with anyone over 50 and I always appreciate different ideas on how to keep my own system regular. Thanks

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      Sandy Mertens 8 years ago from Wisconsin, USA

      It isn't the subject the many of us like to talk about. Thanks for giving us some home remedies for this.