Treat Constipation with this Natural Flax Remedy

Instead of abusing chemical laxatives, including flax seeds in your diet gives you a high amount of fiber that helps you optimize intestinal transit and fight constipation.
Treat Constipation with this Natural Flax Remedy
Maricela Jiménez López

Reviewed and approved by the doctor Maricela Jiménez López.

Last update: 15 December, 2022

Constipation is a health problem that is more significant than you might realize. Keep in mind that if you don’t properly clean out your body, you could suffer from chronic and degenerative diseases. Therefore, you should begin to regulate bowel movements as soon as possible with a proper diet and natural remedies.

In this article, you’ll discover how you can treat constipation with a natural flax remedy. These seeds help you to facilitate evacuation and regulate intestinal function, whichever your particular issue may be.

Try it and you’ll notice its positive effects in less than a week.

Constipation Risks

Natural flax remedy

Constipation is an intestinal problem that causes problems when it’s time to defecate, which produce feces tat are scarce or hard. There are factors that influence this problem, like stress or a sedentary lifestyle, for example.

However, the key issue is a matter of diet, which is usually low in fiber and rich in refined or processed foods.

In addition to being annoying and upsetting, suffering from it regularly can cause long-term, serious health problems:

  • Abdominal swelling
  • Hiatal Hernia
  • Headaches
  • Hemorrhoids
  • Anal fissures
  • Fecaloma (the accumulation and compression of feces in your intestine)
  • Ischemic colitis
  • Diverticulitis
  • Gastric cancer
  • Colorectal cancer

Additionally, constipation can make nutrient absorption difficult, which could cause you to suffer nutrient deficiencies despite following a balanced diet. On the other hand, the bacterial flora is related to the immune system. In this sense, an intestine that isn’t working correctly causes weak immune defenses.

How Do I Treat It?

The Problem with Laxatives

The Problem with Laxatives

Laxatives are a quick and effective solution for many people that suffer from constipation.

The problem is that the majority of chemical and natural laxatives alike is that they cause an irritation in your intestine and damage the bacterial flora. This, in the long run, makes it worse.

An irritating laxative can be used for a one-time issue, but you should avoid using it as a habitual remedy to help bowel movements. The key to solve this problem is in a good diet and using natural remedies that won’t irritate your intestines but also help bowel transit.

A Good Diet

For better intestinal function, your diet should be healthy and balanced. It should contain, in good quantities, the following foods:

  • Fruits and vegetables, raw and cooked
  • Whole grains, such as rice, oats, millet or quinoa
  • Legumes
  • Tree nuts
  • Seeds
  • Mushrooms
  • Seaweed

When you improve your diet and start to increase these foods, keep in mind that you’re starting to eat a lot more fiber. Therefore, at the same time you should also increase your water intake because if not, the constipation will get worse.

  • You should drink 2 liters, (6-8 cups) of water per day, outside of foods.

Flax Remedy

Flax Remedy


To prepare this remedy, you only need the following ingredients:

  • 1 tablespoon of flax seeds, gold or brown (10 g)
  • 1 cup of water (200 ml)

Note: It’s important for this remedy to be effective, the flax seeds must be raw and whole. The ground seeds are also healthy, but they don’t help with constipation nearly as well as the whole ones.

Additionally, keep the seeds away from light and heat to prevent them from oxidizing.

How Do I Make It?

To do this natural treatment, do the following steps every day:

  • The night before, before going to bed, put the seeds in a glass of water.
  • Overnight, the seeds will release mucilage, a fiber that appears slimy.
  • In the morning, when you wake up, drink the water with the seeds.
  • Do this before eating, at least 30 minutes before your first meal.
  • Throughout the day, outside of meals as we had mentioned before, drink plenty of water to help fiber digestion.

If you want to make the treatment more powerful, you can add three prunes to the water.

This dried fruit is very rich in fiber and also acts as an excellent remedy for intestinal transit. In addition to this, it also has a lot of minerals to help strengthen your teeth and bones.

All cited sources were thoroughly reviewed by our team to ensure their quality, reliability, currency, and validity. The bibliography of this article was considered reliable and of academic or scientific accuracy.

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This text is provided for informational purposes only and does not replace consultation with a professional. If in doubt, consult your specialist.