Constipation

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Constipation ~ Ailments & Remedies

Remedy: Aloe Vera Juice

Why it works:

Aloe vera juice is hydrating and can help loosen any impacted material in the digestive tract that may be impeding bowel movements.

Its soothing properties can also help the muscles in the intestinal walls relax.

How to use it:

Aloe can be purchased as supplements, gel or juice.

Talk to a knowledgeable holistic health practitioner to determine the optimal dosage for you.

What to watch out for:

Pregnant women should not ingest aloe in any form.

It is possible to be allergic to aloe.

Test an area of skin before taking aloe internally.

If you are taking aloe on a regular basis for this malady, take periodic breaks to prevent an allergic reaction.

Other remedies to consider:

Remedy: Fiber

Why it works:

Fiber helps push food through the digestive tract.

It can keep food from putrefying in the gut and reduce the body's absorption of toxins.

Fiber also softens stools, reducing the need to strain when passing waste.

How to use it:

Aim for five to eight servings of high-fiber foods per day.

Some of the best food sources of fiber are beans, whole grains, fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds.

Flaxseeds are high in fiber and also contain heart-healthy omega-3 fats.

Take one tablespoon of the ground seeds two or three times a day.

You can also add it your morning cereal or smoothie.

As you increase your intake of fiber be sure to drink lots of water, at least 8 glasses a day.

You can also take a fiber supplement such as Metamucil each day with breakfast, particularly if your symptom is chronic.

What to watch out for:

Suddenly increasing your fiber intake can cause bloating and gas.

Build up gradually.

Fiber should be taken with plenty of water to help your body digest it and keep things moving along.

Loosen up with a hot cuppa Joe.

A morning cup of hot coffee can help.

Caffeine has a bowel-loosening effect.

Just don’t drink too much since it’s also a diuretic.

Herbal or decaffeinated tea, or a simple cup of hot water with lemon juice will also help to get things moving.

Dandelion tea has a mildly laxative effect.

Steep one teaspoon of the dried root in one cup of boiling water.

Drink one cup three times per day.

Tastes awful but it works

Castor oil has a compound that when digested stimulates the small and large intestines.

Swallow one to two teaspoons quickly on an empty stomach and give it eight hours to work its magic.

Tastes nasty but it works!

Wrinkles to the rescue

Prunes are one of the oldest home remedies for constipation.

High in fiber, prunes also contain a compound called dihydroxyphenyl isatin, which kicks the colon into action.

Raisins are also high in fiber as well as tartaric acid, which has a laxative effect.

Giddy-up

Regular exercise helps your body move food quicker.

Aim for a daily walk at the very least.

Last resort

The herb cascara sagrada is one of the key ingredients in over-the-counter laxatives.

It comes in a variety of forms (teas, tinctures,tablets) and it’s important to follow the directions on the package carefully.

Don’t use it for more than two weeks since it can cause you to lose too much fluid and salt.

Senna is the mother of all laxatives.

A tincture is the easiest way to take his herb.

Usually 20 to 40 drops at bedtime should do the trick.

Go easy with both of these herbs since long-term use can cause dependency.

Relax and don’t wait

Never force a bowel movement.

You can give yourself hemorrhoids or anal fissures that eventually narrow the anal opening, causing constipation.

And, never ignore nature’s call.

If you do, you’re asking for a case of constipation.

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