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Homemade Remedies For Constipation

While constipation is a problem that most everyone deals with at some point in their lives, it is a topic that few of us want to discuss with anyone, including our doctor. However, the fact remains that we should always talk it over with a doctor so that we can ensure there aren't other health issues at play and that constipation is a symptom and not a disease after all.

What are the Causes of Constipation?

There are several factors that play a part in whether or not we are constipated. Some of these factors include:

The amount of fiber in our diet
Existing health conditions such MS, which play havoc with our bowels
An overabundance of dairy
Excessive medication
Lack of exercise
Changes in diet and exercise can do a lot but they aren't always as effective as we'd like and we don't want to overuse stool softeners and laxatives or they could harm us as well. So what can you do?

Relief without Medication

There are a lot of natural remedies that can help relieve constipation. Try a few and see if any of them help remedy the problem, if not the problem may be more serious than it appears. Most remedies are fiber based and are as safe as eating the right foods.

Here are a few that you can prepare at home:

Lemon Water: Add a tablespoon of lemon juice to warm water (you can add a teaspoon of honey for sweetener) and drink.

Molasses: Ingest 1-2 tablespoons of it a day for laxative purposes. It can missed with milk, water or served on food.

Flax Seed Meal: Take one tablespoon of the meal a day with food. You can do the grinding or you can purchase it already ground just make sure it's fresh and use it quickly it can spoil fast. Keep it in a freezer to help preserve freshness.

Ginger: Stir a spoonful of beaten ginger into a cup of water and bring it to a boil for about 5 minutes. Pour the water through a filter and drink.

Apple Cider: Drink a quart of apple cider within half an hour it should start working very quickly.

Water: Drinking 8-10 glasses of water a day should also help things along. If not, try increasing it by two glasses more a day.

Orange Drink: Mix ½ cup of olive oil into a ½ a glass of orange juice and drink.

Sauerkraut and Tomatoes: mix equal parts of both foods and eat.

Milk drink: Warm up some milk and stir in two teaspoons of castor oil.

Aloe: 1-2 teaspoons of aloe gel a day.

Corn Syrup: add a teaspoon of corn syrup to about 8 ounces of water.

Always talk to your doctor about changes in diet that could affect your health. It is important that if you haven't passed stool for an extended period, you seek medical attention to make certain that you don't have an impaction or other potentially serious health problems.

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