9 Natural Ways to Fight Constipation

February 25, 2017
Constipation is an uncomfortable situation that affects many. Learn about 9 natural ways to help fight and prevent constipation starting at the root of the problem.

Keeping active is essential for proper digestion and fighting constipation. If you must sit for extended periods of time, make a point of getting up every once in awhile to avoid problems.

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Most doctors recommend following a diet rich in fiber and including foods like fruits and vegetables, beans, whole grains, and nuts in order to fight constipation.

However, many people suffer from this condition despite maintaining a balanced diet.

In this article, we’ll talk about 9 tips to end constipation naturally and give you some tips to keep your intestines functioning properly that you may not have heard before.

Fight constipation at its root

To eliminate a condition naturally, we must first think about what triggered it. It’s not just about resting and temporarily hiding or relieving symptoms.

That’s why fighting chronic or complicated constipation is often a complex issue that’s different for each person.

Let’s take a look at some factors that could be triggering or aggravating this intestinal disorder so that you can beat it for good.

1. Drinking water

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If you increase your fiber intake following the advice of every nutritionist, you should also increase your water intake. Otherwise, you would  actually be making the problem worse.

Drinking water helps digest fiber by preventing bloating and supporting intestinal movement. This is especially true for people who regularly consume foods that are rich in fiber.

You should drink at least 8 cups of water a day apart from what you drink during meals.

Want to learn more? Read 8 Signs You Don’t Drink Enough Water


2. Fight nerves

Many unruly cases of constipation are caused by states of nervousness that affect intestinal activity.

In this case, to address constipation you have to calm your nervous system with exercise, deliberate breathing, and natural supplements like passion flower, lemon balm, and lavender.

3. Check your thyroids

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It’s always a good idea to examine your overall health when you’re experiencing a recurring or chronic problem.

When it comes to constipation, one of the factors that can make it get worse for seemingly no reason is poor thyroid functioning.

If your examination confirms this, your treatment should focus on regulating the activity of this gland in order to indirectly improve the activity of your intestines.

4. Stop extended sitting

A large percentage of the population is sedentary. We’re not just talking people who don’t do sports, but also those who tend to spend much of their day sitting and rarely getting up.

A lack of movement and exercise keeps your abdomen inactive. It needs movement to facilitate intestinal activity.

This activity is essential to push waste out of your body.

5. Careful with laxatives

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People who try to combat constipation with chemical laxatives or even natural ones that cause irritation (like senna leaf, for example) can end up experiencing chronic intestinal conditions.

Laxatives should not be used more than occasionally for acute constipation crises.

If you’ve taken laxatives, you should take bacterial flora supplements to repopulate your intestinal flora and eat foods rich in mucilage, such as:

  • Chia seeds
  • Linseed
  • Oats
  • Plantain leaf

6. Help for the liver

In some cases, weakened liver and gallbladder functioning can make intestinal emptying more difficult. If you have poor digestion or vision problems, it’s possible that this is what is happening in your case.

To improve liver and gallbladder activity, you should consume bitter foods and supplements. Choose ones that are based in milk thistle, dandelion, or artichoke leaves.

7. Anywhere is good

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Many people can’t have a bowel movement if they’re not at home. This bad habit is damaging to intestinal functioning in the long-term.

That’s why you should always find a way to go to the bathroom every time your body tells you to, no matter where you are.

8. Key ingredients in your diet

Some foods have laxative properties that are good at gently and naturally helping to improve intestinal functioning. These include:

  • Apricots
  • Ripe kiwi
  • Roasted apples, skin on
  • Chia seeds and linseed
  • Baked oats
  • Physillium

9. Pay attention to your belly

Our last tip is to be conscious of your belly and really listen to it so you can give it what it needs.

Sometimes it can be as simple as a self-massage with oil, a few gentle rubs or applying heat for a bit before bed.

We hope you learned a few things and that this advice can help you live a happy, healthy constipation-free life!

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