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 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.
13. Drink Some Prune Juice
It’s an age-old adage that prunes do wonders for keeping your poop coming out smooth. Drinking prune juice or eating prunes is a classic constipation treatment and has been used by people for thousands of years to keep their bowel movements regular.
Not only is this fruit high in fiber, but also contains sorbitol which helps to soften stools. The key role sorbitol plays in keeping you regular is by drawing water as it passes through the intestine which adds bulk to your stool. Too much of any natural laxative is never recommended and prunes are a special case in point.
Too much prune juice can make stools too soft and end up giving you the runs. Drink your prune juice wisely.
14. Go When You Have to Go
The most preventative measure you can take from becoming constipated is to go when to the bathroom when you have to go.
Your body knows what it’s doing, and when it’s your time to pass on excess waste in your system, it’s your time. If you end up holding it you only end up drawing more water from the stool which makes it harder to push out. By not going to the bathroom when nature calls, you only clog your system up even worse.
It’s not a pretty picture to imagine what a backed up bowel looks like, but that’s exactly what you’re doing when you hold in what is meant to come out.
15. Get Some Action with Aloe Vera
Aloe is awesome for soothing away the aches of a troubled tummy. We all know how good it treats sunburns, but many of us are unaware of just how well this succulent works for constipation. It’s the inner lining of the leaf, where all that gooey goodness is, that is responsible for helping things move along smoothly in your system.
The inner lining, also known as the aloe latex, contains what are known as anthraquinone glycosides, which are what contains the laxative properties this ancient plant contains.
If you’ve got an aloe plant, the gel straight from the plant is your best bet to treat constipation quickly. All you need is 1-2 tablespoons taken orally. Mixing this with juice will help it go down easier, and should be taken first thing in the morning.
If you don’t have an aloe plant of your own, aloe juice can be found at most grocery stores. Dried aloe can also be found in most health food stores. If this is the route you take, .04-.17 grams should be taken orally once a day.
Anyone who’s suffered from constipation knows it’s something that needs to be remedied quickly. While most people turn towards laxatives to get this necessary relief, it is much safer to use these natural home remedies.