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Nine Easy Home Remedies For Constipation

Nine Easy Home Remedies For Constipation

There are few things more debilitating than a bout of constipation. It’s not only uncomfortable, it can have more serious side effects like fissures and bleeding. Many people turn to laxatives when constipation strikes. However, according to WebMD, overuse of laxatives can cause weakening of the bowel muscles and, ultimately worsen the condition. While bowel movements vary from person to person, less than three a week could be a sign that you need to change your habits. Read on for some easy home remedies against constipation.

1. A Prune A Day

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    Prunes, or dried plums, are most likely the method grandma used to get rid of constipation. And it seems she knew best. Packed with insoluble fibre and gentle natural laxatives like sorbitol and dihydrophenylisatin, prunes can work wonders on the system. Prune juice may not be everybody’s favorite drink (especially not children’s), so mix it with another juice to hide the flavor.

    2. Try Some Dandelion

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      Dandelions get a bad rap from gardening folk, but did you know that a cup of dandelion tea is one of the best home remedies for constipation? Dandelions, like prunes, contain gentle laxatives and have a great detoxifying effect.

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      3. The Good Oil

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        Oil helps to lubricate your intestines, which makes passing stools easier, and there are three oils in particular that help get the job done:

        Omega 3 or fish oil supplements are a good source of omega-3, as well as a great home remedy for constipation.

        Castor oil is readily available from pharmacists. It’s quite potent and acts quickly on the system, so be careful to follow the instructions on the bottle carefully, especially when giving it to children. One spoonful of it should be enough.

        Pure olive oil stimulates your digestive system, which helps get things moving through your colon. In the morning, swallow one tablespoon of olive oil while your stomach is still empty. It’s a good idea to mix it with lemon juice, as lemon juice is another natural way to get rid of constipation.

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        Remember, prevention is key, so it’s worthwhile including some of these preventative measures as well:

        4. Is Milk Giving You Problems?

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          Some studies have linked constipation to lactose intolerance in children. So if you’re lactose intolerant, dairy could be the culprit. It may be worth getting your doctor to check if you are lactose intolerant.

          5. Friendly Bacteria

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            These days, our stomachs are constantly bombarded with processed sugars and other foods. This wreaks havoc on our digestive systems and depletes the natural bacteria found in our stomachs. A good way to keep the good bacteria alive is to eat a cup of live yoghurt every day. Nutritionists say that the probiotics in yoghurt are known to cut down the risk of constipation. Eat it at breakfast with some bran or a good high-fibre cereal as a great home remedy for constipation.

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            6. Flush it Out

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              Drinking water is one of the best ways to flush waste from our bodies. If you’re prone to constipation, make sure you drink 10-20 ounces of pure water every morning before breakfast. Warm it up and add some lemon juice for best results.

              7. Fantastic Fibre

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                Because dietary fibre isn’t absorbed into the bloodstream, it goes straight to the colon, where it absorbs water and bulks up your stools, making them easier to pass. The best sources of natural fibre are wholewheat breads and cereals, as well as fruits and vegetables. So cut out the processed foods and up your intake of wholewheat bread and pasta, bran, broccoli, apples, pears, berries and lentils. Flaxseed is one of the best sources of fibre there is, and it has a great nutty taste. Add it to your morning cereal for an extra kick.

                8. Get Moving

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                  We all know that exercise is beneficial. But few people know that these benefits include preventing constipation. Lifestyles that involve sitting for most of the day contribute to unhealthy bowels. Moving the body, in whatever way, activates colon muscles ensuring that waste passes more easily. There are also specific exercises, especially yoga poses, that help get rid of constipation.

                  9. Quality Toilet Time

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                    It might sound strange, but one of the best home remedies for constipation is to develop good toilet habits. Mornings are prime time for waste elimination, so develop a morning routine that involves some relaxed toilet time. Bring a book or listen to music if you need to, anything that makes you less tense. And if you feel the urge to go, always follow it, as holding on increases the amount of time a stool spends in the bowels, which will make it harder and more difficult to pass.

                    Constipation can be a pain in the butt. But it shouldn’t stop you from enjoying a full and healthy life. Make a few dietary and lifestyle changes, and you’ll soon begin to notice changes. If the problem still persists, consult your doctor.

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                    Linda Paull

                    Linda is a passionate writer who shares lifestyle tips at Lifehack.

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                    Last Updated on December 9, 2019

                    5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

                    5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

                    Everyone experiences mental stress at one time or another. Maybe you’re starting a new career, job, or business, or you feel incredibly overwhelmed between work, parenting, and your love life (or a lack of it). It could even be that you simply feel that you have way too much to do and not enough time to do it,  plus, on top of everything, nothing seems to be going the way it should!

                    Yup, we all experience mental stress from time-to-time, and that’s okay as long as you have the tools, techniques and knowledge that allow you to fully relieve it once it comes.

                    Here are 5 tips for relieving mental stress when it comes so you can function at your best while feeling good (and doing well) in work, love, or life:

                    1. Get Rationally Optimistic

                    Mental stress starts with your perception of your experiences. For instance, most people get stressed out when they perceive their reality as “being wrong” in some way. Essentially, they have a set idea of how things “should be” at any given moment, and when reality ends up being different (not even necessarily bad), they get stressed.

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                    This process is simply a result of perception and can be easily “fixed” by recognizing that although life might not always be going as YOU think it should, it’s still going as it should—for your own benefit.

                    In fact, once you fully recognize that everything in your life ultimately happens for your own growth, progress, and development—so you can achieve your goals and dreams—your perception works in your favor. You soon process and respond to your experience of life differently, for your advantage. That’s the essence of becoming “rationally optimistic.”

                    The result: no more mental stress.

                    2. Unplug

                    Just like you might need to unplug your computer when it starts acting all crazy, you should also “unplug” your mind.

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                    How on earth do you unplug your mind? Simple: just meditate.

                    It isn’t nearly difficult or complicated as some people think, so, if you don’t already meditate, give it a try. Whether you meditate for 5 minutes, 30 minutes, or 2 hours, this is a surefire way to reduce mental stress.

                    Meditation has been scientifically proven to relax your body (resulting in less mental stress), while also reducing anxiety and high blood pressure.

                    3. Easy on the Caffeine

                    Yes, we know, we know—everyone loves a nice java buzz, and that’s okay, but there’s a fine line between a small caffeine pick-me-up and a racing heart and mind that throws you into a frenzy of mental stress.

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                    Try giving up caffeine for a while and see how you feel. And, if that’s completely out of the question for you, at least try to minimize it. You might find that lots of your mental stress mysteriously “disappears” as your caffeine intake goes down.

                    4. Attack Mental Stress Via the Back Door

                    That’s right: your body and mind are part of the whole being, and are constantly influencing and affecting each other. If you’re experiencing a lot of mental stress, try to reduce it by calming your body down—a calm body equals a calmer mind.

                    How do you calm your body down and reduce physical stress? A  great way to reduce physical stress (thereby reducing mental stress) is to take natural supplements that are proven to reduce stress and anxiety while lifting your mood. Three good ones to look into are kava-kava, St John’s wort, and rhodiola rosea:

                    • Kava-kava is a natural plant known to have mild sedative properties, and you should be able to find it at your natural health food store or vitamin store. It’s available in capsules or liquid extract form.
                    • St John’s wort is a natural flower used to treat depression. Again, it’s found at your local health store in capsules or liquid. Because it uplifts mood (enabling you to see the brighter side of all experiences) it helps relieve mental stress as well.
                    • Rhodiola rosea is a natural plant shown to reduce stress and uplift mood, and Russian athletes have been using it forever. Like the other two supplements mentioned, rhodiola rosea can be found at your natural health store in capsule or liquid form.

                    While these supplements are all natural and can be very helpful for most people, always check with your health care provider first as they can cause side-effects depending on your current health situation etc.

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                    5. Good Old-Fashioned Exercise

                    This tip has been around forever because it works. Nothing relieves mental stress like running, kickboxing—you name it. Anything super-physical will wipe out most of your mental stresses once the exercise endorphins (happy chemicals) are released into your brain.

                    The result: mental stress will be gone!

                    So, if you’re feeling overwhelmed or just plain stressed, try using some of the above tips. You can even print this out or save it to refer to regularly.

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