Having Trouble “Going”? Here Are 7 Ways to Relieve Constipation Without Laxatives
Sometimes, feeling your best doesn’t have to do with what you’re eating. It has to do with how your body is digesting – or not digesting – the food you do eat.
Even the healthiest among us can end up running into trouble eventually if gut health goes too long unchecked. The truth is that while prioritizing beans, whole grains, and vegetables over processed foods is a great way to keep regular… sometimes you need to go the extra mile to make sure you don’t get backed up.
If you’re experiencing some discomfort and want to learn some gut healthy ways to find relief, here are a few of the best.
1) Be Sure to Hydrate
It’s hard to overstate the importance of those eight-or-more cups of water a day in terms of our general health.
When you’re dehydrated, all of your body’s normal processes take longer. Going to the bathroom is no exception, especially since even your waste needs to absorb water in order for things to go smoothly.TRENDING: Science Reveals Easy, No-Workout Ways to Lose Weight… While You Snooze!
When you’re not drinking enough water, your body has several ways of showing it, including dry skin, fatigue, and even cramps. That’s why it’s important to hydrate not just after workouts, but all through the day.
If you find it hard to drink the recommended eight glasses a day, try infusing your water with lemon and cucumber to make it feel more like a treat and less like a chore. Even if you’re not thirsty, try drinking as much water as you can through the day to fight off the effects of dehydration.
2) Try a Gut-Healthy Supplement
Maintaining gut health has a lot to do with eating plenty of diverse, fiber-rich foods and fermented offerings.
If your diet is fairly healthy already, however, you might want to try using a natural supplement like magnesium citrate or psyllium husk powder along with a probiotic or prebiotic to keep your gut balanced.
Psyllium husk can be taken in pill or powder form, and once ingested, this fiber-rich supplement works as a natural laxative. It helps to reset the system without exposing your body to the harshness (and even danger) presented by over-the-counter digestive aids.
3) Drink a Cup of Hot Tea or Coffee
If you want to get the ball rolling, drinking a cup of hot coffee can often do the trick. While scientists aren’t sure what makes coffee such a great fix for this particular problem, a recent study shows that it’s one of the most effective forms of fast relief out there.BRAND NEW: These Delicious Desserts Can Help You Burn Fat & Lose Weight
If you’re worried about the caffeine content, never fear: decaf works just as well. Just don’t go too crazy, since coffee is also famously dehydrating.
If you’re just not a coffee person, try making a cup of flaxseed tea. These tiny seeds are packed with fiber, which means you don’t need to consume too much to feel the effects of even a small cup of tea.
Flaxseed can also be sprinkled on salads, oatmeal, or soup as a delicious, fiber-rich topper.
4) Get Creative with Herbs & Oils
While in the past, a spoonful of castor oil was the popular home remedy for a backed-up colon… today, we have a host of other, infinitely more pleasant options available today.
You may have heard about the mind-sharpening properties of MCT oil, a refined, easily digestible supplement derived from coconut oil. Luckily, MCT oil isn’t just great at keeping your cholesterol low, boosting metabolism, and improving brain function.SPECIAL: What’s REALLY Causing Your Weight Gain, High Blood Pressure & Constant Fatigue (If You’re Over 30 You Need to See This)…
It’s also helpful for keeping your gut happy, healthy, and balanced – promoting a more regular digestive cycle.
Triphala, a blend of herbs and fruits that’s been used to promote healthy digestion for centuries, is also a great option for keeping things regular.
5) Get Moving
One of the best cures for constipation doesn’t have to do with eating or drinking. That’s right: exercise plays a role in this common problem as well.
If you haven’t exercised in a while, try going for a short run, hike, or even a brisk walk. Getting your blood flowing can help jumpstart your metabolism.
It’s also great for your gut health in the long term. As long as you remember to properly hydrate both before and after periods of exercise, you’ll be helping your body reset naturally.
6) Up Your Fiber Intake
Fiber is the magic ingredient when it comes to making your gut happy. Unfortunately, if you’re eating a lot of processed foods and aren’t sticking to whole grains, seeds, and vegetables… your body could be having a harder time digesting and processing food than usual.
Luckily, however, some of the healthiest and tastiest foods out there are simply packed with fiber.TRENDING: This Massive “Mistake” Melted 48lbs Off Her Body (Click Here to See How)…
Heart-healthy nuts like almonds, seeds like flaxseed and chia seeds, and legumes like lentils and peas have a lot of fiber in them naturally. Try eating small portions of raw nuts and antioxidant-rich seeds through the day to stave off hunger and keep your gut balanced and healthy.
7) One EXTREME Method to Relieve Constipation (Not For the Faint of Heart)…
If you’re REALLY stopped up… then doctors have resorted to a pretty crazy “last resort” option: transplanting someone else’s fecal matter into you.
(Yes… a poop transplant 🙁 ).
They take the “stuff” from a person with a great gut… who’s thin and has a TON of energy… purify it… freeze-dry it…
And then either inject it up “the wrong end”… or put it in a pill and have you eat it (gross!).
The reason I tell you this isn’t to scare you or gross you out…
It’s to let you know that the same process at work here can be accomplished via much less (ahem) “invasive” means.
And best of all, his pill DOESN’T contain ANY fecal matter! (Whew!)
It’s just a regular, everyday capsule you’d take like any other pill.