What Is Constipation?

People can get queasy or uncomfortable when talking about bowel movements and stool. It’s not a common topic to talk about, but knowing about constipation and why it happens is important for your physical health. If you are noticing issues, such as passing stools less than 3 times a week or releasing hard stools, this is something to be concerned about. But, not to worry. I can ensure you that constipation is an absolutely common condition and can affect anyone.

The most typical causes of constipation is dietary – if you lack fiber in your food, or you’re dehydrated, but it can occur if there’s lack of physical activity, too.

The usual symptoms of constipations include:

  • Feeling discomfort when on the toilet
  • Bloating of the abdomen
  • Extreme difficulty emptying your bowel
  • Small, hard stools

Fortunately, there are some natural remedies to help relieve your constipation quickly, and within the comfort of your own home.

Natural Home Remedies For Constipation

1. Caffeinated Coffee

Who doesn’t love coffee? Being a coffee lover myself, you cannot believe my delight when I found out that coffee is one remedy to relieve constipation. How? Well, coffee tends to stimulate your colon and the muscles in your digestive system. Coffee also carries small quantities of soluble fibers which are good for preventing constipation.

Try out Leeroy Jenkins Extra Caffeinated Coffee. Containing roasted, freshly ground coffee beans, just add 10 grams for each 6 ounces of water in a mug or cup.

Leeroy Jenkins Extra Caffeinated Coffee - Blonde Roast, Whole Bean

2. Magnesium Citrate

One of the popular home remedies for fighting constipation is taking Magnesium Citrate as a supplement. Pure Magnesium Citrate Supplement can help relieve constipation, while increasing your energy levels, calming your nerves, and making digestion easier.

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3. Prunes

As a child, I can remember my mother handing me a glass of fresh prune juice whenever I had constipation.  Prunes and prune juice are excellent remedies for bowel problems. They contain fibers and sorbitol – a sugar alcohol found in fruits and plants that is a recognized laxative.

Drink a glass of prune juice, or eat, about 7 medium-sized prunes twice a day. Try my favorite Sunsweet Amazin Pitted Prunes.

SUNSWEET Amazin Pitted Prunes, 16 oz, Pack of 2

4. Flaxseed Oil

Flaxseed, or linseed, oil extracted from pressed flax seeds, is good for your digestive health, thanks to the protein and fiber it provides. Some of the benefits include a reduction of appetite leading to weight control, skin care, and—of course—treatment of constipation.

Take about 4 milliliters of Organic Flaxseed Oil per day.

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5. Dandelion Tea

Dandelion Tea – a mild laxative, can ease constipation. Traditional Medicinals Dandelion Root and Herbal Tea can be drunk up to 3 times a day.

Traditional Medicinals Dandelion Leaf & Root Herbal Teas 16 Ea Pack of 3

6. Water

Water is the greatest remedy of all. The more you’re dehydrated, the worse the constipation. Keep your body properly hydrated, and your stools should be softer and easier to pass.

When To See A Doctor

If you have been constipated for more than 3 weeks, are experiencing abdominal pain or blood in your stool, please seek advice from your doctor.