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Home remedies for constipation

What is constipation? Constipation is an illness or discomfort with the lack of regular movement of our intestinal system that makes our bowels not to be empty when it is due. In our society, constipation is increasingly common due to our sedentary lifestyle and wrong eating, with lack of liquids and fiber. In addition, some situations such as travel and movements (and subsequent changes in water and food), times of stress or pregnancy often also cause constipation.

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It is also important to know that constipation can also be caused by some other disease such as thyroid, menopause, bowel obstruction or inflammation of the liver and gallbladder.

The most common symptoms of constipation are stomach pain, abdomen inflammation bloating and swelling feeling caused by not going to the bathroom. Usually doctors consider that a person is constipated when not going to the bathroom in 3 or 4 days, but the best thing for our health is to go to the bathroom at least once a day.

To prevent constipation, Yvonne Rojas -expert in colon function- primarly recommends a colon flush or colon hydrotherapy, a natural therapy that helps to eliminate the accumulated faeces in our intestines by applying water at different temperatures.

However, you can also fall back on some home remedies for constipation that will help us go to the bathroom regularly and will avoid those pesky stomach pains, both to us and to the many kids and babies who suffer from baby constipation and we can relief them with some of these tricks and tips for constipation relief.

Natural Remedies for Constipation:

  • Stop consuming dairy. Dairy products cause constipation. For this and for many other reasons, it is good to substitute cow’s milk for almond milk, rice milk or oat milk, much more digestible and healthy.
  • Reduce salt intake, since hypertension can also lead constipation.
  • Recieve a shiatsu massage or lymphatic drainage to stimulate bowel movement naturally. And if you prefer to do it from home, you can always rub the belly with olive oil in a circular motion.
  • Eating natural papaya regularly or natural supplements made by fermented papaya as Immunage. Papaya is one of the most popular natural remedies for constipation.
  • Replace white bread with whole grain bread, refined pasta and flours by whole grains for a healthy diet, because they provide more fiber and make our digestive system to work harder and better.
  • Eating vegetables high in fiber like cabbage. The cabbage has large amounts of insoluble fiber to stimulate the movement of our intestines and facilitate evacuation
  • Drink about 2 liters of water daily

In addition, we recommend daily moderate exercise and try to train our gut: make our body get used to go to the bathroom at a specific time, for example, after breakfast, to habituate our colon.

If we suffer occasional constipation we can use linseed (flax seeds), all natural laxative. We can take them in a infusion, macerating them in hot water for 12 hours, intaking a linseed oil spoon or even mixing the linseed directly in some soup or vegetables cream.

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It is not advisable to use artificial chemical laxatives because they may adversely affect our intestinal flora and reach cause dependence.

If you suffer from chronic constipation it is best to visit a specialist to help you, but all these remedies will surely help you, especially the colon flush, as it will be helpful to remove accumulated feces.

Hopefully these tips to avoid constipation will be useful to you. If you have any more, please share them with us in the comments!

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14 comments to “Home remedies for constipation”

  • Dog Constipation Home Remedies, 2 mayo, 2013 at 0:00
    Corn syrup has long been off my list because of my daughter Heather's experience as a toddler. Add water, 2-4 cups a day and drink hot liquids in the morning, to help in removal. Your little one will be ready for longer massages again someday.
    • SHA, 2 mayo, 2013 at 7:12
      Thanks for your advice! We love to know more home remedies for constipation. Wish you a healthy day!
  • constipation remedies, 24 febrero, 2014 at 6:25
    In primary stage we all should try by changing our food habits.
  • Shiv Sharma, 20 marzo, 2014 at 12:33
    Thanks for sharing such a nice home remedy tip for constipation. One of my friend has been suffering since 2 years. She used medicines its just a relief and not given permanent solution. I can share this tip to them and hope it will work out....
  • Renee Robbins, 24 marzo, 2014 at 19:33
    Thank you for a great article. It is nice to see the differentiation between fibers, as many people just believe that any fiber is good for relieving constipation. I have also found great information at You may be interested in checking it out! Thanks again!
  • sanaa, 30 abril, 2014 at 21:34
    thank you i will test it really i suffer from constipation
  • Clare Armstrong, 19 mayo, 2014 at 13:27
    Great recommendations, thanks for sharing. I'm also changing all my white bread and pastas to a more healthy whole grain and am already starting to feel the natural benefits.
    • SHA, 27 mayo, 2014 at 8:34
      Great! Nutrition in basic in all our health issues. Follow us on twitter or facebook @shawellness and find more healthy tips!
  • GInger Dehaan, 25 junio, 2014 at 0:19
    All my life I had constipation as did 3 of 4 siblings and my Dad. Mom had a running joke asking us daily if anyone had gotten any milk duds out. When I did go a few times a week it was small pellets. I did not exercise or eat that healthy through high school & college until the age of 23 when I grew tired of feeling yucky all the time. I joined an all women’s gym, loved it so much I became a trainer & nutritionist exercising 5 days a week & eating a very clean diet. Although there was improvement to eliminating, it was still a huge problem. I tried everything ever recommended (high fiber, fresh veggies & fruits (10-15 servings a day), black licorice, castor oil, aloe vera, Epsom salts, high doses of magnesium, 130 ounces of water daily...) the list goes on. At age 35 I reunited with my high school sweetheart who had become an alternative medicine doctor. He told me how the most common complaint he had was constipation so he created the best holistic herb capsule ever created to end constipation I was very skeptical. I took his bowel stimulant supplement and have pooped daily for 5 years now!!!! What he explained is the reason this works like nothing else is 1) it enables the brain’s signal to the intestine for peristalsis to happen which is what allows your body to eliminate and 2) enables the gallbladder to dump bile which allows for elimination. This product works so I tell everyone! Order it from
    • SHA, 16 julio, 2014 at 9:05
      Thanks for sharing your experience. We're glad you're feeling better. Best regards.
  • jessybrain, 30 junio, 2014 at 13:44
    Constipation can be more than just an uncomfortable health issue. Another traditional home remedy is simply consuming larger quantities of water. Increased water consumption cleanses the digestive system and hydrates the intestines.
    • SHA, 16 julio, 2014 at 8:58
      Thanks for the advice Jessy! As you said, increased water consumption cleanses the digestive system and hydrates the intestines. Best regards.
  • labgucc, 12 julio, 2014 at 17:24
    I'm really glad that more and more people are catching on to the home remedy mindset. NBC news did a GREAT segment on home remedies today,absolutely worth watching if you haven't seen it already:
  • SHA, 16 julio, 2014 at 7:15
    Thanks for sharing the video, very interesting!