A Natural Home Remedy for Constipation
How to Get Rid of Constipation Naturally
Whether it occurs frequently or just on occasion, constipation can literally be a pain in the butt. Constipation can not only leave us with no choice but to spend many hours sitting on the toilet, but it can also be very painful and could potentially cause hemorrhoids and/or anal bleeding.
It's easy to resolve constipation using the quick and easy home remedy I have provided. This remedy has been used for hundreds of years by mothers around the world. It is a safe and effective remedy for all ages (including babies).
Constipation Home Remedy Ingredients and Recommended Dosage
The only ingredients required are some brown sugar and water. It's easiest to make the solution using boiled water as this allows the sugar to dissolve quickly. If you're giving the sugar-water solution to babies or children, do make sure that the solution has cooled sufficiently and is not going to scald.
For babies and children:
Dissolve half a teaspoon of brown sugar per ounce of water. For babies, make around 3-4 ounces of the sugar-water solution, and give it to your baby to drink 3 times a day. For older children, make 8 ounces of the solution and give it to them 3 times a day.
Use 1 tablespoon of brown sugar per ounce of water. Around 8 ounces (or half a pint) taken 3 times a day should do the trick.
It’s not a good idea to use over-the-counter or home constipation remedies constantly because of their sugar content. Do not use them if you are diabetic.
Occasional or Long-Term Constipation?
The sugar-water home remedy is great for the occasional bout of constipation because it encourages water to flow into the bowels, making stools softer and more comfortable to pass.
In fact, many of the products available in your pharmacy or those that are prescribed by doctors are essentially just a sugar-water solution. You'll see the sugar called by its chemical name on the ingredient list as dextrose, fructose or sucrose. Other preparations known to help constipation include senna, glucomannan, polyethylene glycol and ducosate sodium.
If constipation is an ongoing problem for you, then it's worth assessing your diet and water intake. Both of these factors affect the frequency and ease of your bowel movements.
Increase Your Water and Fiber Intake to Beat Constipation
Constipation is often caused by a lack of water in the body, so drinking more hydrating fluids such as water or milk will certainly help. Coffee, tea and alcohol are dehydrating fluids, so while you may be drinking a lot of these drinks, they are not helping your body to increase hydration levels. If you spend a lot of time indoors at home or in an office with the heat on, you may become dehydrated without realising it, so increasing your water intake is of the utmost importance to avoid constipation.
Proper diet is another important factor that can help prevent constipation. To avoid constipation, you need to ensure that you eat a diet with plenty of fiber. Fiber is known to improve digestive transit and ensure that you expel your waste products comfortably and without pain. Fruits, vegetables and whole grain cereals are all foods that contain fiber.
When eating a high-fiber diet, it's recommended that you also increase your water intake, since fiber requires extra water to digest and expel properly. Without extra water, the benefits of a high-fiber diet will not be realised.
I hope my home remedy for constipation and suggestions for changes to your diet work for you. If not, there are plenty of products you can try which work well for many people with constipation. Speaking to a health professional is always advisable as well.
This article is for informational purposes and is not meant to substitute for the advice of your physician or healthcare professional. If you have or suspect that you have a medical condition, promptly consult your healthcare provider. Information and statements regarding home remedies have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.
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