→Have you ever felt the urge for a bowel movement, but you think twice because you don’t want to feel pain while excreting your waste?
If yes, you may be suffering from constipation (a symptom, not a disease). Well, there is no need to worry because, In my article, I will be telling you about some cool and unique constipation home remedies. Some of them would be typical Asian remedies frequently used in almost every Asian household to treat constipation.
But before we jump onto that, you must know what constipation is and which type of constipation you face. So, let’s have a quick look at that.
What Is Constipation?
Constipation is a medical condition that causes stools to become stiff, resulting in difficulty passing them out of the body. Constipation is a common condition worldwide. According to research, about 2–30% of the World’s population is a victim of constipation.
Let me elaborate on its types:
"Chronic constipation may also be referred to as idiopathic constipation. The cause of chronic idiopathic constipation is not known. This type of constipation usually does not require any medical attention but by using constipation home remedies. These are safe to use and are very efficient"
"Acute constipation is caused by an underlying medical condition such as tumours or dis-functioning of the brain. Acute constipation requires the attention of a physician. Don’t try to treat it at home"
Symptoms Of Constipation:
If you have the following symptoms, you may be constipated:
- Less than three bowel movements in a week
- Dry, Hard and lumpy stools
- Pain while passing faeces
- Constant feeling of unemptied bowels
- Stomach ache
- Need to use hands for excreting stools
“Life is a tragedy of nutrition”
Why go to the doctor when you can cure constipation in the comfort of your home?
Constipation usually does not require any medical attention. Constipation home remedies can cure it. It has helped people relieve constipation for a very long time. The home remedies are inexpensive and easily accessible, making them a thumbs up.
So if you are looking for a few effective home remedies to relieve constipation, you are at the right place.
Mentioned below are some of the remedies to get rid of chronic constipation.
Top 15 Constipation Home Remedies:
- Water, to the rescue
- Fibre-rich Diet
- Coffee or Tea
- Black cumin, Honey and Psyllium Husk
- Brown sugar with water
- Ginger tea
- Are you chewing your food correctly?
- Review your medicines
- Aloe Vera
- Milk and Ghee
- Lemon Water
- Pooping Posture
1- Water, To The Rescue:
In the case of constipation, hydration is the key to success. Constipation may be caused by excess absorption of water from the colon. If a person is not drinking plenty of water, their stool will become dry and hard. And let me tell you, passing a hard stool can be a nightmare. Especially during summers and exercising and losing a considerably large amount of water.
Our bodies are not meant to function without staying hydrated. It is essential to watch out for your water intake during constipation. Drinking plenty of water will make your faecal matter soft, and hence you will feel less pain excreting it out of your body. Water means water, buddies, not alcohol. So, try to drink.
2- Fibre-Rich Diet:
Some people stop eating when they suffer from constipation, thinking that eating will worsen the condition. Well, the case is quite the opposite. Fruits, leafy green vegetables, wheat, whole grain cereals, and pulses contain high dietary fibres. Our food contains some amount of indigestible fibres.
Fibres help our poop become bulky and gain some mass, making pooping easy. Green leafy vegetables like mustard greens (saag in Urdu) and spinach are the way to go for improving dietary fibre intake. You might want to make a salad bowl and add some salt and pepper to give it a good taste.
3- Coffee or Tea:
Coffee and Tea (also called chai) are the most accessible constipation home remedies. They are most likely present in every household throughout the globe. Coffee and Tea contain caffeine, and caffeine is a natural stimulant of stools.
But another thing that is to be noted is that researchers have shown that decaffeinated coffee also stimulates the popping process. This is because drinking coffee affects the wave-like movements or contractions of our colon, which helps push the stool out.
4- Black Cumin, Honey and Psyllium Husk:
In Asian Households, constipation is usually treated at home using constipation home remedies, one of which is using black cumin (Kala Zeera) and Psyllium husk (also called Ispaghol) and honey. And as a matter of fact, this remedy is super effective and is known to have relieved the constipation issues of many Asian people.
However, make sure you are not allergic to black cumin before using this remedy. It is effective, but it may not work for everyone.
The recipe includes:
- Black cumin (Kala Zeera) 50g
- Psyllium Husk (Ispaghol) 50 g
- Honey 100g
Mix these ingredients and make a paste. Take half a teaspoon three times a day after every meal. It should give you some relief from constipation.
Oils are present in every home. Some oils serve efficiently as constipation home remedies. Olive oil and castor oil are suitable choices for constipated people. Oils make the stool soft and help them pass quickly and smoothly out of the anus. However, one must be very cautious regarding the quantity of oil one consumes.
Take only one tablespoon or less of olive oil every morning to help constipation. Excess to olive oil can cause diarrhoea. Adults must only use olive oil; it is not recommended for children and infants.
Castor oil works by causing contractions of the intestines, causing the stool to pass out easily. Take two teaspoons of castor oil on an empty stomach. If you are pregnant, DO NOT use castor oil as it can cause uterine contraction, causing early labour pain.
6- Brown Sugar With Water:
This remedy is a good option for kids under the age of 12 years who constantly face constipation. Sugar, containing fructose and sucrose, is known to affect the bowel, making the pooping process fast and easy.
You can make a mixture of 1 teaspoon brown sugar mixed in one ounce of water for kids and give them three times a day. This would help loosen their bowels and give their tummies a nice break. White sugar would work also. This constipation home remedy is not strictly for children. Adults can use it; you need to increase the number of ingredients.
As we all know, exercising has dozens of health benefits. Exercising is not only good for your heart but also for your stomach. Don’t want to go to a gym? NO worries. You can exercise in any way you like (walk, run, jog, swim, or anything that suits you). It is typically advised to take a walk after every meal. This is not just casually recommended.
There is a medical logic behind this. Walking after eating a meal helps digest the food and release the tension in your stomach, easing the intestines as walking causes movement. This helps the bowel function properly, and pooping becomes a piece of cake.
8- Ginger Tea:
The laxative properties of ginger make it suitable for people facing constipation. Ginger may not be appealing to many people like myself. But I am not asking you to eat raw ginger. So that must be a relief for sure. You need to make ginger tea. Sounds interesting, huh? Make the Tea of your own choice and add a tiny piece of ginger while making it. Strain the tea and pour it into your cup. If you add the ginger to the Tea while it is boiling, it will be very effective.
Drink 2 to 3 cups of ginger tea every day for better results. The ginger tea will help improve bowel movement, and you will not be constipated anymore. This constipation home remedy will help you for sure. So give it a try.
9- Are you chewing your food correctly?
Some people are just too lazy to chew their food correctly and complain about being constipated a lot. Moreover, they cannot figure out the reason for this horrible constipation. The reason may be as simple as you not chewing that bite of pizza properly. There is no denying that this WorldWorld is progressing very fast, but you need to give yourself a break and eat your meals without any rush.
The digestion process begins in your mouth when you start chewing your food particles to convert them into a softball that can be quickly passed through your food pipe. But, if you are doing the first step wrong, why do you expect to get the right results? If that bite of food is not chewed and appropriately ground, it would not be digested and cause constipation. So, how about we start correctly chewing our food rather than taking medicines?
10- Review Your Medicines:
If you take any medicines or supplements, you may suffer from constipation. Many medicines may cause constipation, such as pain relievers, antidepressants, iron supplements or blood pressure medicines, etc. You may have constipation as a side effect.
If this is your problem, you can try taking laxatives to ease constipation. However, if your constipation lasts for a long time, you should consult your physician and try alternatives for your medicines and supplements.
11- Aloe Vera:
I can bet most of us have Aloe Vera plants in our lawns. And if you are constipated, rush out and grab a stem without wasting a minute. Aloe Vera has been used for ages to treat hair and skin problems, and it is an exciting product. But do you know that it also can cure the gas and constipation that does not let you sleep peacefully at night?
Aloe Vera is a natural laxative that works as an effective constipation home remedy. Drinking Aloe juice can be helpful for constipation. Take an Aloe Vera stem and cut it open. Remove the skin and rinse the aloe gel. Put it in a blender. Add some water and make juice. If your taste buds are not fans of this juice, you may add aloe gel to any juice and blend it. This would help ease your bowels and make you poop.
12- Milk and Ghee:
This specific constipation home remedy has been used widely as an instant Indian remedy for constipation. Ghee contains butyric acid, which helps stimulate bowel movements. Ghee also helps reduce gas and bloating. To relieve constipation, take no more than one cup of warm milk and add two teaspoons of Ghee to it.
Mix it well and drink it at night before you go to bed. You will probably have a bowel movement the following day. But it is essential to know that dairy products increase the risk of constipation. That is why it is advised to keep dairy products to a minimum while experiencing constipation.
Papaya is a natural laxative. Papaya has worked as an efficient natural constipation home remedy for many people. Papaya contains an enzyme called papain which helps soothe bowel movements. Papaya is known to treat many stomach problems like gas and bloating etc.
However, it is not advised to eat an excess of it as it may cause diarrhoea if taken in large quantities.
14- Lemon Water:
Are you letting those lemons rot in your fridge? If you feel constipated, it is time to take the lemons out and use them. Lemon water is a pretty popular remedy for constipation. It has been used by people throughout WorldWorld for many years to relieve constipation. It is an easy and effective remedy that does not take five minutes.
Grab a glass of water. Squeeze a good-sized lemon in it and add a bit of salt for taste. Mix it well and drink it. Lemon contains substances like vitamin c that helps in increasing the water content in the gut allowing the stool to become soft and easily passable. You must give this remedy a try if you are constipated.
15- Pooping Posture:
However, it may sound a bit weird, but your Posture plays a vital role in passing your stool. While pooping, you need to put enough pressure on your gut to push the stool out of the body. The squatting position is the best position for pooping. Indian households have Indian toilet seats, which help with pain-free bowel movements.
If you use the commode, try putting a small potty stool under your feet to assist.
Constipation In Pregnancy:
Pregnancy is a hard time. The feeling of bloating, nausea, and constipation are widespread during pregnancy. Constipation can be very uncomfortable in the last trimesters of pregnancy. Pregnant women might end up with a bleeding rectum due to pushing hard.
To avoid these difficulties, pregnant women should try to take high-fibre diets and drink as much water as they can throughout the day. They should avoid taking sodas, stool softeners, and castor oil as castor oil can cause uterine contraction, and you don’t want that. However, if you face severe constipation, you should reach out to your doctor and consult the medical procedures to cure it.
The above-discussed constipation home remedies can be beneficial for treating constipation. We all have faced constipation at different times in our lives. It is nothing to worry about. Consider it just as a phase that would pass eventually but make sure not to worsen by doing the opposite of the remedies mentioned above. If your condition worsens, you should go to a doctor immediately.
I hope my remedies work for you and give you relief from constipation.