27 Home Remedies To Relieve Constipation

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Times of India


Constipation is an incredibly common digestive problem in the United States. An estimated 16% of Americans experience symptoms of constipation at some point in their lives, and 33% of senior adults ages 60 and older suffer from chronic constipation. This uncomfortable condition is often characterized by difficult and infrequent bowel movements, with fewer than three bowel movements weekly. It may also involve other unpleasant symptoms, including abdominal bloating and pain, straining to go, hard and small stools that look like pebbles, and a sense of incomplete emptying. Constipation can be caused by dehydration, your diet, your lifestyle choices, stress, existing diseases, or medications you take. Fortunately, there are many ways to treat constipation, from drinking more water and eating more fiber to adjusting your lifestyle and daily habits. There are also several natural remedies that may help you relieve constipation in the comfort of your own home.
Read on to find out 27 natural remedies for constipation to get your bowels back on track.

1. Drink Enough Water

Dehydration can cause constipation, so it’s important that you drink enough water every day. Staying hydrated facilitates digestion by helping food move through your digestive system and preventing stool from hardening. The Institute of Medicine (IOM) recommends that men drink about 13 cups (101 ounces) of water and women drink at least 9 cups (74 ounces) of water daily. This may alter based on your individual needs, your activity level, and if you’re constipated. Remember to drink a glass of water first thing when you wake in the morning, and always drink when you’re thirsty.
Some studies have found carbonated water or sparkling water to be more effective at relieving constipation than drinking tap water. However, avoid carbonated drinks such as sugary soft drinks since these may aggravate your symptoms.