Feeling constipated? It’s a feeling that you share with a lot of people on this earth. Between lifestyle and diet progression, the incidence of constipation has gone up significantly all over the world. But before you rush into taking some medicines for this condition, it may be worth looking at what natural foods can work like a good laxative. The article below puts out a few that you may find useful. Team RetyrSmart
Foods that help ease constipation naturally
All of these common foods act as natural laxatives:
1. Water. Plain old water is one of the best ways to soften your stool and get things moving again. Aim to drink at least eight cups of water a day, make it a regular habit and see just how “regular” your life can become.
2. Coconut water. If plain water is too bland, try sipping coconut water. It will help keep you hydrated like water, but in larger doses, it will have a laxative effect. it’s also rich in electrolytes including potassium, which means that in large doses, it can push up potassium levels in the blood
3. Coffee. That morning cup of java can do more than just perk you up. It can help perk up your digestive system, too. Drink a cup in the morning but don’t go overboard or you might get things moving a little too quickly.
4. Chia and flaxseeds. Seeds from both chia and flax contain fibre that can help with digestion. Drink plenty of water when consuming them to help move things along.
5. Apples or apple cider vinegar. The pectin in apples can help to stimulate your bowels. Try adding one teaspoon of apple cider vinegar to a glass of water to reap the benefits, though a better bet is to eat a whole apple, which adds constipation-relieving fibre to your diet and will keep your system happy.
6. Aloe vera. You know that aloe vera is good for your skin, but did you also know that it contains compounds called anthraquinones that act as a natural laxative? Add a few drops of aloe vera gel to your water or look for aloe vera juice at your local health food store.
7. Leafy greens. Leafy greens, such as kale, collards and spinach contain magnesium, a mineral that can help naturally soften the stool.
8. Lemon. The citric acid in real lemon juice helps to stimulate the gut and cleanse the intestines. Add a few teaspoons to a glass of water to get some relief.
9. Baking soda. It can work in the same way on the gunk in your gut. Add a teaspoon to a cup of warm water and drink quickly to get the best results.
10. Prunes. Prune juice has its reputation for good reason. Drink one glass a day to help relieve and prevent constipation.