There are lots of natural remedies that can help you fight constipation, but one of the easiest and most enjoyable ways to deal with it is to choose foods you like that promote regular bowel function and eat them every day.
In today’s article we’ll show you some delicious smoothies that you can drink throughout the day to improve bowel function and fight constipation, among many other benefits.
Smoothies are better than juices
Although natural juices and smoothies are very healthy, providing lots of vitamins and minerals, you should choose smoothies if you’re trying to fight constipation. This is because they contain the fiber from fruit, which is lost in the juicing process.
This is exactly why smoothies are more satisfying, and you can enjoy them for breakfast or as a snack. They’re a delicious and healthy way to prevent eating excess amounts of sugar or refined flour.
Sweeten with honey
If you do need to sweeten these smoothies a little, leave the white sugar on the shelf because it’s toxic for your health, and try a natural sweetener that also contains laxative properties: acacia honey. If you can’t find this particular variety, you can opt for any other kind of honey or molasses made from natural fruits or grains.
Kefir and prunes
Kefir is a type of fermented yogurt that retains all the benefits of regular yogurt, with some extra advantages. It’s more easily digested because it contains less lactose and promotes good intestinal bacteria. You can buy it already prepared in supermarkets, or you can make it yourself using fermented milk.
Prunes, aside from being rich in calcium and excellent for preventing osteoporosis, contain lots of fiber and have been well known for centuries as one of the best foods for constipation. If you can, try to soak them in water the night before.
Oats and dates
Unlike rice milk, which can cause constipation in some people, oat milk is rich in mucilage, a kind of fiber that promotes healthy bowel movements. For this smoothie you can use an oat-based milk or a tablespoon of oatmeal that’s been soaking in water for a few hours.
Dates, like most dried fruits, contain a lot of fiber and provide plenty of energy, so they’re a great choice for your morning smoothie.
Oats provide a creamy texture while dates add sweetness.
Apple and kiwi
Apples have been used for cases of both constipation and diarrhea. The secret is in the peel, which contains most of the fruit’s fiber. But if you’re going to use the peel, be sure to choose pesticide-free, organic apples.
You can use the raw apple in this smoothie or cook it a while, which will draw out more of its flavor.
Meanwhile, kiwi fruits are traditionally eaten on an empty stomach for the most laxative benefit.
Yogurt and figs
If you can’t find kefir, yogurt is a good alternative, although it doesn’t contain as many good enzymes. You should try to find the most natural yogurt possible, without added sweeteners, sugars, or artificial colors and flavors.
Figs, either fresh or dried, are high in fiber and add natural sweetness to this delicious smoothie.
Hazelnuts and flaxseed
Finally we should highlight the nuts and seeds that contain lots of fiber and can be added along with plant-based milk to suite your taste.
Hazelnuts also help regulate blood sugar levels.
In some diet stores you can find hazelnut milk, which has an excellent flavor and pairs nicely with a little powdered cocoa.
Meanwhile, let the flaxseeds soak overnight to release the mucilage. You can add the water that you used to soak them in to your smoothie, as well.
You should add a handful of nuts and a teaspoon of flaxseed to each smoothie you make.