Bye Constipation with These Five Laxative Drinks

25 October, 2020
Juices with laxative properties are a useful complement against constipation. But how do you make them? What are the recommendations for their consumption? Continue reading to find out.

Fruit and vegetable drinks with laxative properties help deter constipation. In general, some potions contain ingredients that provide both fiber and antioxidants. This is good because these stimulate the digestive functions that facilitate the expulsion of waste.

Note that these recipes aren’t a first-line treatment for constipation and don’t replace medical treatment. Thus, you must consult your doctor if you have this condition, so they can prescribe a treatment.

What’s constipation?

This is one of the most common digestive disorders in the population at large. In fact, the number of affected patients is higher than those with mild gastrointestinal diseases. There’s constipation when the intestine isn’t working properly. These alterations slow down bowel movement and prevent optimal evacuation.

As a result, the waste stays in the colon and it leads to the development of symptoms such as inflammation, gas, and pain. This is caused by either difficulty digesting certain substances or by the hardening of the stools due to dehydration.

“Digestion is the process by which anything you ingest turns into energy and forms and nourish cells.”

– National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse-

It isn’t necessarily a serious problem but you must definitely try to correct it and keep it from becoming chronic. This is because it would definitely interfere with your quality of life.

Laxative drinks to relieve constipation

These drinks should be a part of a healthy eating plan against constipation. Since they are prepared with 100% natural ingredients, their consumption is usually safe and not a problem.

However, it must be taken into account that these are recipes taken from popular culture and, therefore, there’s no evidence of their effectiveness against this problem. In any case, if you want to try them, we detail several options below.

1. Aloe vera-honey juice

 

Research published in the Journal of Neurogastroenterology and Motility supports the benefits of aloe vera for digestive health. According to this publication, this plant helps relieve constipation and is beneficial for patients with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).

Meanwhile, a study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition suggests that honey may have a laxative effect in certain healthy individuals, although more evidence is needed.

Ingredients

  • 6 tbsp of aloe vera gel
  • 1/2 glass of water
  • 1 tbsp of honey

Preparation

  • Firstly, extract the aloe vera pulp and mix it with the water and honey in a blender
  • Then, drink on an empty stomach for two weeks

Read more 8 Reasons to Drink Aloe Vera Juice and How to Make It

2. Figs make one of the best laxative drinks

The dietary fiber contained in figs (3 g per 100 g serving) is a great support to stimulate bowel movement and combat constipation.

In addition, as detailed in a recent review in Food Research International, they’re also a source of phenolic acids and flavonoids that contribute to health.

A person pouring honey on some chunks of aloe vera.
Studies suggest that aloe vera has digestive properties. It may even help patients with irritable bowel syndrome.

Ingredients

  • 3 fresh or dehydrated figs
  • 1 ripe banana
  • 1 tbsp of honey
  • ½ glass of water

Preparation

  • Firstly, incorporate all ingredients in the blender and process them to a homogeneous juice
  • Consume it every night before going to bed and continue the treatment until you’re no longer constipated

3. Apple-papaya drink

The digestive enzymes contained in the papaya (from papain) and the dietary fiber from the apple make this natural juice a mild laxative.

By the way, its natural sugars provide the body with extra energy, improving its performance during the day. In addition, papaya also contains vitamin C, which helps a strong immune system.

“All parts of the plant -fruits, roots, bark, peel, seeds, and pulp- are known to have health effects. Its many benefits are mainly due to its high content of vitamins A, B, and C, and proteolytic enzymes such as papain and chymopapain that have antiviral, antifungal, and antibacterial properties.”

Health Science Journal, June 2016 Vol.3 No.7 48-56

A papaya smoothie.
Because of its fiber and papain content, the papaya is a great fruit against constipation.

Ingredients

  • 1 green apple
  • 3 slices of ripe papaya
  • ½ glass of water
  • 1 tbsp of honey

Preparation

  • Firstly, chop all ingredients and blend them with half a glass of water and a spoonful of honey
  • After obtaining a lump-free drink, consume it on an empty stomach or as part of breakfast
  • Finally, drink it every day, at least for two weeks in a row

4. Pear-linseed

This is one of the easiest laxative drinks. This is because both the pear and the flax seeds contain dietary fiber, which is decisive in controlling constipation.

According to a study published in the World Journal of Gastroenterology, fiber may increase the frequency of stools in patients with constipation. Therefore, its consumption is suggested to prevent and treat this condition.

Ingredients

  • 2 pears
  • 1 tbsp of linseed
  • 1/2 glass of water

Preparation

  • Firstly, chop up the pears without removing the peel and blend them with the linseed and the water 
  • Then, drink it on an empty stomach
  • Do so three times a week

5. Kiwi-orange

 

A study published in the Asia Pacific Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that consistent kiwi consumption shortens colon transit time, increases defecation frequency, and improves bowel function, especially in patients with irritable bowel syndrome and constipation.

To make this laxative drink, we combined the kiwi with the orange, a fruit that contributes a lot of dietetic fiber, so necessary for an optimal digestive process.

Two kiwi-mint laxative drinks.
Kiwi contains fiber, enzymes, and antioxidants that support the digestion process. In addition, it’s a high source of vitamin C.

Read Eight Benefits Of Kiwis That You Should Know About

Ingredients

  • 5 oranges
  • 4 kiwis

Preparation

  • Firstly, squeeze the oranges
  • Mix the juice in the blender along with the peeled and chopped kiwis
  • Then, blend it to a smooth texture
  • Serve it without straining and consume it shortly after possible so as not to lose its properties
  • Finally, drink it on an empty stomach and wait at least 30 minutes before you have breakfast

Laxative drinks are only a complement against constipation

These laxative drinks are only a complement against constipation. Thus, consult your doctor to find out about other treatments if you have this condition. Keep in mind that ignoring the problem could lead to further health complications.

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