Constipation is a common problem in people of all ages. Approximately 16 out of 100 adults have symptoms of constipation according to National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases.
Getting enough fiber and plenty of fluids should make your stools softer and easier to pass. Some natural home remedies can help you relieve constipation. Here 5 drinks:
1. Prune juice
Prunes are known for their laxative qualities. They are rich in fiber and contain high levels of sorbitol, which is a known laxative.
Foods for Better Health also points out that prunes help by their content in dihydrophenylsatin and because they have vitamins and minerals like vitamin A and potassium that help activate active digestive enzymes.
For constipation in children, Mayo Clinic rRecommend to start with 2 to 4 ounces (about 60 to 120 milliliters) and adjust later if your baby needs more or less.
For adults, drink 4 to 8 ounces of prune juice each morning to stimulate a bowel movement. When you haven’t passed a stool in a few days, you should drink up to three glasses a day.
How to easily make prune juice?
2. Water with chia seeds
An easy way to get the best fiber and water duo is by adding a teaspoon of chia seeds to a glass of water and then steeping them to drink in the morning.
The fiber in chia seeds is primarily soluble fiber and mucilage, the substance responsible for the sticky texture of moistened chia seeds. You receive double benefits because chia also provides complete proteins and omega-3s.
In some people, coffee increases the urge to want to go to the bathroom. This is because coffee stimulates the muscles of the digestive system. The gut-stimulating qualities of caffeine may be stronger in people with Irritable Bowel Syndrome. Medical News Today.
Consuming more probiotic foods can help improve this balance and prevent constipation.
A review found that taking probiotics for 2 weeks can help treat constipation by increasing stool frequency and consistency.
Kefir is a rich source of probiotics. After receiving a kefir drink a day for four weeks, stool frequency and consistency increased and laxative use decreased in patients with chronic constipation according to a clinical study published in the journal Journal of Gastroenterology.
Magnesium is found in many laxatives. Adding magnesium powder to your drinks can cause looser stools and help with constipation.
If dietary changes, home remedies, or over-the-counter medications don’t work, you probably need medical attention.
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