Susana has been an avid researcher and supporter of alternative health and natural remedies for three decades.
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.
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.
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and does not substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, and/or dietary advice from a licensed health professional. Drugs, supplements, and natural remedies may have dangerous side effects. If pregnant or nursing, consult with a qualified provider on an individual basis. Seek immediate help if you are experiencing a medical emergency.
Okoli Onyedika Joseph from Lagos on July 14, 2017:
Nice one. I love the way u highlighted d points. Good job. Here also i have in my hub my personal experience about constipation and how i got relieved using castor oil. Enjoy reading
Bea on August 13, 2015:
What is the ratio of sugar to water?
gajanis from Pakistan on October 08, 2011:
A very informative hub.....good home remedy specially home with small kids where it becomes a big headache sometime for mothers to solve and your tips should be big relief to them.Thanks.
Peg Cole from Northeast of Dallas, Texas on November 16, 2010:
This is common in elderly people who lack mobility and exercise necessary to keep regular. I'll be sure to recommend this remedy to my folks. Great information for all ages.
Springboard from Wisconsin on March 04, 2010:
Water is, for me, one of the biggest troubles I have. I never drink nearly enough of the stuff, and it has so many benefits even beyond the daily's. :)
Cherri Brown-Jett from Richmond on March 04, 2010:
Now this is a hub that all readers can benefit from. Constipation affects all of us at some point in life. Good job and thanks for the remedies.
Eleanor Candy from Australia on March 03, 2010:
Thanks for the information and very interesting hub.Home remedies are great in relieving your symptoms.
Susana Smith (author) from UK on March 03, 2010:
Thanks hello hello and sheila b :)
That's interesting info lynne, since I don't have a gallbladder either. Though I thought the gallbladder produced bile not bacteria? Maybe the extra bacteria helps digest foods when there is less bile prodcution? I do take probiotics when I've had antibiotics to replace lost gut bacteria, but I didn't know about there use in treating constipation. Thanks for the info :)
lynnechandler on March 02, 2010:
There is another product on the market that my sister and I just found out about. It is a probiotic supplement. It's called align and her doctor recommended it because she had her gallbladder removed. As such she now does not produce enough bacteria to help with elimination. Align helps reintroduce the good bacteria into the system and helps people who have elimination upsets because they have had this surgery or have other issues that cause recurring bouts of constipation, gas and bloating, diarrhea or the urgency to actually eliminate the waste.
I didn't know about the brown sugar/water one. Thank you for sharing.
sheila b. on March 02, 2010:
So often the simplest remedy is the best remedy. This was good information.
Hello, hello, from London, UK on March 02, 2010:
Thank you for a great hub and a great help.