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5 Natural Remedies for Constipation

Until you’ve been constipated, you don’t know how real the struggle can be. The super common problem has no end of drug-based solutions but these can become expensive, difficult to fit into a schedule and messy and inconvenient. Not to mention painful. Sometimes the cause of constipation is unknown, but it can also be a side effect of drugs and medications or certain foods. If you’re suffering from constipation, try natural remedies before turning to harsh medications. They tend to be safer, gentler, and less expensive than their drugstore and prescription counterparts.

  1. Hydrate. Some constipation is caused by a lack of water flowing through your digestive system. Drinking more water can help get things moving again. In some cases, sparkling water can move things along even further.
  2. Eat the right fiber. If you get constipated, then you’ve probably been told to add more fiber to your diet. It is important to eat the right kind of fiber, a combination of soluble and insoluble fibers in order to help foods move through your intestines without gas and bloating. Try psyllium husks as a supplement if you need it.
  3. Get moving. Exercise, even something as simple as a walk around the block on a regular basis will help you make more regular trips to the bathroom.
  4. Avoid unhealthy foods. As important as it is to eat vegetables, fruits, and grains that are high in fiber, it is important to avoid starches, carbohydrates and highly processed foods that can block you up.
  5. Magnesium. Milk of magnesia may be a well-known drugstore remedy for constipation, but it can be harsh. Instead, try taking magnesium supplements or enjoying foods with a high magnesium content for a gentler solution.

Caffeine in the form of coffee is a popular constipation solution, but it can also cause dehydration and nervousness and isn’t considered a good solution on a regular basis.

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