Natural Laxatives to Relieve the Discomfort of Constipation.
As a rule of thumb you should use one of these natural laxatives if you don’t have a bowl movement following every meal or at least twice a day. Constipation is uncomfortable but it is easily treated and avoided. Prolonged constipation can have dangerous side effects and should be treated by a medical physician.
Rhubarb Do you remember your mother telling you about the effects of rhubarb? My mother used to say “Rhubarb keeps you so regular that you could set your clock by it” and there is some truth is what she said. Rhubarb contains a laxative as well as being high in fibre. So you get the longer term effect from the fibre as well as a quick acting laxative.
It is cheap to buy in your local fruit & Veg shop and it is easy to grow as well. However if you do grow rhubarb make sure never to eat the leaves of the plant, rhubarb leaves are poisonous. Don’t worry the stalks are fine to eat and will do you no harm just plenty of good.
Senna Senna has been used as a dietary supplement for centuries. It is one of the most powerful natural laxatives and it contains a potent laxative called anthraquinone. It is best to buy senna from your health food shop and follow the instructions carefully. Prolonged use of any laxative can be harmful and it can mask other bowl disorders which may than go untreated.
Water Everything with your body sooner or later comes back to water. If you are even slightly dehydrated your body takes whatever water it needs from your digestive system to supply other organs (mainly your brain as the human brain uses most of the water in your body.) The most likely cause of most constipation is a lack of water. water is probably the single most important natural laxatives there is. It is also a key element in ridding the body of waste material. You should drink pure water after each meal to cleanse the stomach and the digestive tract, not flavoured water or tea/coffee etc. To help lose weight you should drink water before your meal.
Aloe Vera Aloe vera is useful in the treatment of bowel and digestive disorders. aloa vera for consumption needs to be purchased from a health food shop as the raw gel is indigestible. aloa vera juice is very effective and a wonderful health food supplement.
Prune Juice Prune juice is one of the best natural laxatives that is sure to get things moving and return your body to its normal cycle. The prune juice should be pure and not made from a concentrate. Whole prunes will work too just not as fast as will whole dates if you can get them. All pure fruit juices are extremely beneficial for your body so if you enjoy drinking them why not think about investing in a fruit juice maker?
Fresh Fruit You should always try to have some fresh fruit in your diet. The fact that you’re reading this is an indication that you’re not eating enough yet. Try a fresh fruit salad after your main meal. Too much of any one fruit is not good for you so try to vary the fruits you eat.