What’s the Best Cure for Constipation

What’s the Best Cure for Constipation

To help relieve constipation, there are many natural ways. This can be done in the comfort of your own home, and most of these remedies, if not all, are supported by science. We will cover eight (8) natural home remedies including a Homeopathy Treatment–an holistic approach for the  curing of constipation including 11 top homeopathy remedies.

Constipation is a Common Problem 

In the United States alone, constipation affects around 20% of people, resulting in eight million doctor visits per year.

Common Causes or Reasons and Symptoms for Constipation

There are many reasons people may experience constipation (1) due to their medical conditions, (2) the foods they eat or avoid, (3) their lifestyle choices, or, (4) the medications they take. For many, the cause of constipation is unknown. This is better known as chronic idiopathic constipation.

Constipation is characterized by the following symptoms:

  • Dry, hard, or lumpy stools
  • Less than three bowel movements per week
  • A feeling that not all stool has passed
  • Pain or difficulty when passing stools

Constipation can bare a serious negative effect on quality of life, as well as mental and physical health.

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Here are Eight (8) Natural 
Home Remedies that can Relieve and Possibly Cure Constipation

1. Water

Being dehydrated on a regular basis can make a person constipated. On the other hand, drinking more water will definitely help a person with constipation.

To help prevent constipation, it is important to stay hydrated by drinking enough water.

Studies have found that sparkling water can be more effective than tap water at relieving constipation. A person may find more relief from drinking carbonated (sparkling) water, when constipated. This can help them rehydrate as well as relieve constipation.

Though, it is not a good idea to drink carbonated drinks such as sugary soda, as these beverages may make constipation worse and can have harmful health effects.

Some people find that carbonated drinks worsen their symptoms, with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS—a long-term gastrointestinal disorder that can cause persistent discomfort). These individuals may want to avoid carbonated drinks (including sparkling water).

Bottom line: Be sure to drink enough water because dehydration can cause constipation and many other health issues.

2. Exercise

Increasing exercise to get the stool moving has been recommended by some healthcare experts. Though, more research is needed because not all studies agree that exercise treats constipation.

Other studies have shown that exercise does improve people’s quality of life; though, it did not always improve the number of times people went to the bathroom, although, it did reduce some symptoms of constipation.

Some studies did show that moderate exercise (I.e. brisk walking) can improve quality of life and digestive symptoms in people with IBS; However, vigorous exercise (jogging) could make symptoms even worse for some.

Gentle exercises — such as cycling, going for regular walks, jogging or swimming— may help relieve some of the symptoms of constipation as well.

Bottom line: In some people, exercise may reduce the symptoms of constipation.


3. Fiber (especially Soluble, Non-Fermented Fiber

Doctors often tell people to increase their dietary fiber intake to treat constipation.

Because the increase of fiber intake increases the consistency and bulk of bowel movements, causing them to pass easier. Also, causing them to pass through the digestive system more quickly.

A 2016 study found that 77% of people with chronic constipation benefited from taking fiber on a regular basis.

Though, some studies have found that increasing the intake of fiber can actually make the problem worse. Others report that fiber may not help with other symptoms of constipation, such as pain, stool consistency, gas, and bloating, though, may improves stool frequency.

This is because different types of fiber have different effects the digestive system.

Categories of Dietary Fibers

Many different categories of dietary fibers exist, though in general, they fall into two main categories: Soluble fibers and insoluble fibers — present in vegetables, whole grains, and wheat bran — add bulk to stools and may help them pass more easily and quickly through the digestive system.

Soluble fibers — present in barley, oat bran, nuts, beans, seeds,peas, and lentils, as well as some vegetables and fruits — form a gel-like paste and absorb water, which improves its consistency and softens the stools. Non-fermentable soluble fibers, such as psyllium are the best choice for treating constipation.

In a 2020 study it was found psyllium to be 3.4 times more effective than insoluble wheat bran for constipation.

Insoluble fiber as a treatment for constipation have yielded mixed results in recent studies, partly because insoluble fiber can make the problem worsen in some people with chronic idiopathic constipation or IBS.

ineffective at treating constipation too are some fermentable soluble fibers; they lose their water-holding capacity because they are fermented by bacteria in the gut.

People should aim to consume a mix of insoluble and soluble fibers, to prevent constipation. The total recommended fiber intake per day is 38 g for males and 25 grams (g) for females.

Bottom line: Eat more high fiber foods.  Supplement your diet with soluble non-fermentable fiber, such as psyllium, can also help relieve some symptoms of constipation.


4. Prebiotic Foods

An indigestible carbohydrate fiber are prebiotic foods with insulin and oligosaccharide.

As shared above, dietary fibers may reduce constipation by improving the bulk of stool and consistency; though, prebiotics improve digestive health as well by feeding the beneficial bacteria in the gut. This, in turn, boosts probiotics and improves the balance of the gut bacteria.

Some prebiotics, in fact, may make stools softer and help increase the frequency of bowel movements, as well.

Prebiotic Foods include:

  • chicory
  • garlic
  • onions
  • Jerusalem artichokes
  • bananas
  • Chickpeas
  • leeks

However, onions and garlic are not included in a low FODMAP diet. For these foods can trigger symptoms in people with IBS.

Bottom line: Prebiotic Foods may contain beneficial gut bacteria fibers that can improve digestive health; this may help relieve constipation.

5. Magnesium Citrateis a popular home remedy for constipation. It is a type of osmotic laxative that people can buy over the counter or online.

It can help to relieve constipation by taking moderate amounts of magnesium supplements.

Bottom line: Magnesium citrate can help relieve constipation.

6. Prunes—A Natural Laxative

For good reason, people think of prunes and prune juice as nature’s remedy for constipation. One of the most accessible natural solutions available for constipation are prunes. In addition to fiber, prunes contain sorbitol—a sugar alcohol that has a laxative effect.

Prunes may be more effective than fibers such as psyllium, some studies have shown. Twice per day, an effective dosage of prunes may be around 50g—seven medium prunes

Though, because of sugar alcohols are high In prunes, people with IBS or diabetes may want to avoid prunes.

Bottom line: Prunes can be a very laxative effective remedy for constipation. However, they contain the sugar alcohol sorbitol, that’s not recommended for Diabetics or people with IBS.

7. Avoid Dairy

In people with an intolerance to dairy—eating dairy can cause constipation due to its effect on the gut’s movements.

This includes adults with  lactose intolerance and children who are intolerant to cow’s protein. consult your doctor for a diagnosis for dairy intolerance. While increasing other calcium rich foods, your doctor may recommend temporarily removing dairy from your diet to see if it improves the symptoms of constipation.

Bottom line: in some people, lactose intolerance or dairy may cause constipation. Removing dairy from the diet can help relieve symptoms in these people who are lactose intolerant.

8. Homeopathy Approach to Curing Constipation 

Here are 11 Top All Natural Homeopathy Remedy Options

Bryonia-a top homeopathy remedy indicative for constipation with symptoms such as large dry stools that are hard to push out, feelings of dryness in the rectum and with tearing or sticking pains. The person feels out of sorts or grouchy, and may be tense from related concerns.

Calcarea carbonica—another top homeopathy remedy for constipation. Large stools are hard at first, then liquid, then sticky. People who need this remedy often feel more stable when constipated, and experience fatigue and discomfort when the bowels have moved. They may feel sluggish and chilly, have clammy feet and hands, crave sweets, and feel anxious and weak when overworked or ill.

Causticum—a top Homeopathy remedy for constipation—helpful with lots of painful straining, when stool is difficult to pass. The person’s face may turn red from straining and more success may come from standing up. The stool may be full of mucus and narrow, when it finally emerges.

Graphites—another top Homeopathy remedy for constipation—relieves constipation without urges, very dry and large stools, with feeling of heaviness in the lower abdomen, and often associated with anal burning and itching.

Lycopodium—a top Homeopathy remedy for constipation—A person who needs this remedy has frequent gas and bloating, indigestion and many problems involving the bowels. Drinking something warm or rubbing the abdomen may help to relieve the symptoms. An energy slump in early evening and late afternoon are strong indications for Lycopodium. As well as craving for sweets.

Natrum muriaticum—another top Homeopathy remedy for constipation—This remedy relieves constipation with very dry stools, desire for salty foods or salt and lack of thirst.

Nux vomica—a top Homeopathy remedy for constipation—“Wants to but can’t” is a phrase that brings Nux vomica to mind. This remedy is often helpful for people who are tense, impatient, and ambitious—exercise too little and work too hard. Who indulge in alcohol or other stimulants, and are partial to spicy foods and sweets. When Nux vomica is needed, chilliness, headaches, and constricting pains in the rectal area or bowels often accompany constipation.

Sepia—a top Homeopathy remedy for constipation—This remedy is needed when the person experiences a heavy sensation in the rectum, remaining after a bowel movement. Stools may be small, hard, and difficult to pass. The person often has cold feet and hands and is very irritable and weary. Exercise may bring improvement, both to mood and energy level and constipation. Sepia may too be useful for women who develop constipation before or after a menstrual period.

Silicea—a top Homeopathy remedy for constipation—this remedy is indicated when a person experiences a “bashful” stool—where it begins to come out, but eventually retreats. The person strains for long periods without success. People who need this remedy tend to be mentally acute  and nervous, though also physically frail, chilly, and easily fatigued.

Sulphur—another top Homeopathy remedy for constipation—where person experiences offensive flatulence, hard, dry stools with reddish inflammation of the anus suggest a need for this remedy. Constipation may also alternate with diarrhea. People who need this remedy are often “characters” with interesting mental notions, very little interest in tidiness, and slouching posture.

Chelidonium majusa top Homeopathy remedy for constipation—This relieves symptoms of constipation such as nausea and feeling of heaviness on the right side of the abdomen with discolored stools.

In summary 

Constipation has a number of potential underlying causes and is very uncomfortable. However, many home remedies and natural methods can help.

If constipation persists, please talk to your doctor to find an effective treatment and identify the cause. With that said, many of the natural home remedies in this article can provide significant relief.

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Disclaimer: Please consult a professional medical doctor or physician (for people) or a veterinarian (for pets) to treat conditions that are life-threatening or more serious. I’m not a doctor or homeopath; therefore, I can not give you medical advice. Please consult  a Homeopath for more  medical treatment or advise on Homeopathy medicines

*Homeopathic remedies are generally safe, and the risk of a serious adverse side effect arising from taking these remedies is thought to be slim to none. Most (if not all)  homeopathic remedies are safe to take with other medicines including their own and do not usually interfere with the action of other medicines. So, they can be taken with other medicines. 

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