This method works in two ways. The salt works to draw water from its surroundings, something which helps to greatly soften the stuck stool. The other way this works is due to the magnesium content that is present in the salt. Magnesium is something that is responsible for the contraction of your bowel muscles; something that helps greatly with passing what has you stopped up.
7. Fix it with Flax
Not only does flaxseed oil contain healthy the healthy omega’s your body needs, but also happens to be an extremely effective home remedy for constipation. It is almost miraculous the way it coats the walls of the intestine and the stool itself to get things moving along smoothly. An awesome remedy for constipation is a glass of orange juice mixed with 1-2 tablespoons of flaxseed oil. Not only does the flax coat what needs to come out, but orange juice contains plenty of fiber to get things moving quickly. Drink this when you feel constipated, but make sure to wait at least 5 hours before drinking any more of this concoction. It should start to work by then, and when it comes to loose stools it’s always better to be safe than sorry.
8. Get Your Body Moving to Move Things Out
In this day and age we’re often sitting down more than we’re up moving around, and with lack of exercise comes lack of ability to keep things running smoothly throughout our bodies. In order to function correctly, our digestive organs need to be exercised just as our muscles do. When we exercise and perform certain stretches, we help to keep our digestive organs in top shape, which is something that is altogether necessary to keep us regular. It’s best to wait at least an hour after eating to start your workout however. Letting your food begin to settle and digest is fundamental in a regular exercise program. Getting the exercise you need to move food through your digestive tract smoothly doesn’t have to be strenuous either. Try taking a brisk walk about 45 minutes after you eat or think about a gentle yoga class to get your whole body moving without putting a ton of strain on your body. Getting regular exercise is pretty much a guarantee for regular bowel movements.
9. Use Oil for Better Digestion
Olive oil is something that can be used to get things moving when they seem like they’ll be forever stopped up. This super healthy oil is something that is not only a great antioxidant, but an excellent natural relief for constipation as well. The texture of olive oil alone screams “laxative”, and when you’re backed up this is something that can really loosen up your stool.
Olive oil is amazing for stimulating your digestive system, which is something that stimulates a nice, healthy bowel movement. The next time you’re constipated, try taking one tablespoon of olive oil on an empty stomach, and you should be pooping before no time. You can also try mixing it with a teaspoon or two of lemon juice to lighten up the flavor and speed things along.
10. Blackstrap Molasses Will Speed Things Up
As slow as blackstrap molasses moves, it is actually amazing for speeding things along in your colon. Those that have relied on home remedies for constipation in the past may have had this remedy passed down to them from their older relatives. Blackstrap molasses is an excellent aid for constipation if nothing other than the way it is made. Unlike regular molasses that is simply pure cane sugar boiled to concentrate and then crystallized, blackstrap molasses goes through a third boiling that makes it contain substantial amounts of vitamins and minerals. Particularly noteworthy is the excess amount of magnesium in which it contains. The magnesium content in blackstrap molasses is what helps aid in constipation and make your life a lot smoother. To use blackstrap molasses as a natural remedy for constipation, all you need is one teaspoon of the molasses and perhaps a bit of warm water to dilute it if the taste is too strong. If one teaspoon doesn’t do the trick, increase the amount of blackstrap molasses you take up to two tablespoons. When getting bowel movements moving, don’t forget that less is always more to start.
11. Keep the Coffee Coming
If you’re a regular coffee drinker, you probably don’t notice much in the area of constipation. Caffeine is not only a stimulant for your mind, but also works as a stimulant for your digestive tract as well. When you drink it every morning it’s doing much more than getting you going. It’s also getting waking up your digestive tract and moving waste quickly out of your system. There is a catch to this, however. You don’t want to drink more than 1-2 cups a day or you might just find that your morning cup of joe has the opposite effect and ends up stopping you up! This is because coffee is a diuretic and makes you urinate with more frequency. If you’re not drinking enough water, this will dehydrate you and take the water from your body it would normally use to keep your stool soft. One or two cups are great but make sure not to overdo it.
12. Stick to a Routine
Do you have a regular routine for going to the bathroom every day? If you find yourself constipated more than you’d like to admit, it just might be time to get yourself on a regular schedule. Just like your dogs have a regular schedule to go outside and do their business, so should you pick a regular time every day to do yours. When you normalize a set time that is for going to the bathroom every day, your bowel movements will begin to regulate to this schedule with you. Take up to 20 minutes 1-3 times a day, every day at the same time. Stay relaxed and definitely don’t try to rush things. Bring a magazine or newspaper with you, take your time, and soon you’ll be pooping every day like clockwork.