and Naturally Relieve and Prevent Constipation
by Tony Isaacs
Constipation is not a very pleasant subject, but for
many people it is an even more uncomfortable condition.
The most common symptoms of constipation are
irregularity or difficulty in elimination of hard fecal
matter. With the use of a healthy diet and natural
remedies, constipation can usually be beaten and
avoided. Here are some tips on naturally relieving and
One tried and true natural laxative is prune juice.
Start with one cup of prune juice and if you do not get
the desired results, drink more. The best form of prune
juice is unfiltered juice which still contains much of
the natural fiber. You can also eat prunes and raisins
may do the trick as well. Prunes and prune juice work
faster on an empty stomach.
If you don't like prunes, try dried figs. Dried figs
contain soluble and insoluble fiber, both of which flush
out your intestines. Five figs supply at least 20
percent of your daily fiber requirement, more than
almost any other fruit. Nibble on four or five figs at
the first sign of constipation and drink at least one
glass of water. If needed, eat a couple more every three
hours until you get results.
Bale fruit may be the best laxative of all fruits. It
cleans and tones the intestines and relieves
Slippery elm forms a slick mucilage that acts as a stool
softener and helps make bowel movements easier.
The combination of the properties of the cellulose,
sugar, and organic acid in grapes make them a laxative
food. One should take at least 350 gm of this fruit
daily to achieve the desired results. For maximum
results, find seeded grapes and consume the entire
grape, seeds and all.
Watermelons also have a laxative effect, especially when
consumed in large quantities. As an added benefit,
watermelons help flush and prevent kidney stones.
Raw honey is a mild natural laxative. You can
supercharge it, and many other natural laxatives
remedies, by adding a couple of tablespoons of
One home remedy for constipation can be made with tomato
juice, carrot juice and sauerkraut juice. Mix one cup
tomato or vegetable juice, 1/4 cup carrot juice and 1/2
cup sauerkraut juice. Pour this over ice. You may add
pepper sauce (such as sauces made from cayenne pepper)
for a spicier drink.
Apply mineral oil to a cotton swab, insert gently
you-know-where and work it around a bit to help
lubricate and dissolve the hardened matter.
Other Tips and Suggestions:
* Increase your fiber intake by switching from refined
foods to less-refined foods whenever possible. One
excellent grain choice is barley.
* Eat at least five servings of fruits and vegetables.
Apples, ripe bananas, oranges, guava, pears and rhubarb
all contain plenty of fiber and are natural laxatives.
Likewise, beans, peas, cabbage and spinach are
vegetables help prevent and relieve constipation.
* Exercise boosts your fitness level and promotes
regularity. When you are active, so are your bowels --
and the more sedentary you are, the more slowly your
* Many prescription and over-the-counter medications can
cause constipation. Ask your doctor or pharmacist if any
of your medications could be causing your constipation
* Consuming at least eight glasses of water a day not
only improves your general health, but also helps
moisten the intestines so that the bowels move easily.
* Coffee often causes one to have a bowel movement.
* One tablespoon of olive oil in the morning will
stimulate digestion and lubricate mucous membranes.
* Constipation in toddlers, infants and older children
may be relieved by giving bran cereal.
About the author
Tony Isaacs is a natural health advocate and researcher and the author of books and articles about natural health including Cancer's Natural Enemy. Mr. Isaacs articles are featured at Natural News, the Health Science Institute's Healthiertalk website, CureZone, the Crusador online, AlignLife, the Cancer Tutor, the American Chronicle and several other venues. Mr. Isaacs also has The Best Years in Life website for baby boomers and others wishing to avoid prescription drugs and mainstream managed illness and live longer, healthier and happier lives naturally. In addition, he hosts the Yahoo Oleandersoup Health group of over 2000 members and the CureZone Ask Tony Isaacs - Featuring Luella May forum. Mr. Isaacs and his partner Luella May host The Best Years in Life Radio Show every Wednesday evening on The Wolf Spirit Radio Mr. Isaacs and his partner Luella May host Network.