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15 Foods That Act As Natural Laxatives

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Constipation is a common problem and if this nasty thing is not treated, it could give rise to a hoard of health issues and colon diseases. If we intelligently choose the food we eat, we can incorporate a lot of natural laxatives in our diet. Laxatives help the system by loosening the stool, adding bulk in the form of fibers and water, and allowing smooth flow through the bowels.

Various Natural Laxatives Are Listed As

Apple And Apple Cider Vinegar

Apples are not only rich in fiber, and vitamin C, but also contain pectin that together aids the bowel movement. Apple juice should be taken by people every morning to relieve themselves naturally. Apple cider vinegar is the natural vinegar derived from apples and can be taken daily in a glass of warm water and some honey. It cleans the colon effectively and also expels all the unwanted gasses from the body.

Mix of apple cider vinegar

Prunes

It can be taken fresh, dried, or in the juice form. They are excellent laxatives and can treat age old and chronic constipation as well. The natural fibers in prunes add volume to the waste matter and helps in its easy expulsion from the body. Munch in 6-7 prunes at a time or take a glass of prune juice early morning, on an empty stomach, to get rid of constipation.

Prunes

Castor Oil

This is a stimulant laxative and works by adding lubrication to the walls of the bowels to help the waste slide down easily. It can be taken about 1 tsp in the morning alone, or in a glass or any fresh fruit juice. The quantity given to kids should be reduced to half tsp and only good quality castor oil should be used.

Castor Oil

Olive Oil

Have a tsp of olive oil in the morning to get rid of a stuffy colon. Or, mix in some lemon juice for better taste. Olive oil is a great laxative and stimulates the digestive tract to clean the bowels effectively.

Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Banana

This fruit has ample amounts of fibers that help in restoring electrolytes in the bowels. Banana contains healthy enzymes that stimulate bowel activity and help in the movement of waste down the body.

Bananas

Aloe Vera

Aloe vera is a wonder plant and helps in quick relief from constipation. It contains a compound called aloin that acts as a natural laxative and promotes the movement of stool in the intestines by adding volume and lubrication to the waste matter.

Aloe Vera

Coconut Water

Coconut water is effective against the tough stools and should be taken daily to get positive benefits from it. Though excess should be avoided for adverse results, but the electrolytes present in coconut water act as a booster to clean up the bowels.

Coconut water

Legumes

These are fiber rich and should be incorporated into our meals at least once daily. Beans, peas, sprouts, whole grains all provide roughage to the waste matter and give enough protein that helps in building a strong system with a healthy colon.

Legumes

Cabbage

This cruciferous vegetables has compounds that help in easy bowel activity. It also extracts toxins from the digestive tracts and helps them in functioning well by adding probiotics to the gut.

Cabbage

Flax Seeds And Nuts

This omega 3 fat rich food helps you in being regular with bowel movements. Nuts like walnuts and even flax seeds contain fibers that add bulk to the waste and can absorb water and expand the intestines and help in smooth passage of the waste matter. These healthy fats also provide lubrication for smooth flow.

Flax Seeds And Nuts

Epsom Salt

This salt contains magnesium that is vital for important functions of the body. Epsom salt can be dissolved in water and drank every morning to clear the system of waste. It adds water to the gut and the magnesium stimulates the bowel activity. Pregnant women and blood pressure patients should not take Epsom salt.

Epsom Salt

Water

Water- 8-10 glasses of water are necessary for smooth waste expulsion and keeping the system hydrated which should again be a cause of constipation. Water is the easiest laxative available and warm water can be taken to soften stool. Lemon water, salt water all are taken to help the bowels clean up well.

Water

Coffee

This cleans up the colon, and fast. A cup of strong coffee can lead to contractions in the intestines, making way for smooth bowel movement. They might lead to watery stools so too much should be avoided.

Coffee

Beets

This vegetable can make your morning routine easy and regular and can be munched as salads in  the morning or taken as a juice.

Beets

Broccoli

This cruciferous vegetable not only adds calcium, vitamins, and antioxidants to the body, and also protects the digestive tract and the sprouts stimulate the bowel activity.

Broccoli





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