A person who has no more than three bowel movements per week is generally considered to be constipated, a condition that limits bowel movements and causes the stool to be small and hard. To fight constipation, many sufferers prefer to use natural laxatives rather than harsh allopathic medicines. The most popular natural laxatives are foods rich in fiber. Fiber is found in fruits, vegetables, and grains.
When a person eats food rich in fiber, his or her stomach acids work to break the fiber down into soluble fiber and insoluble fiber. Insoluble fiber is the portion of the fiber that is hard to digest. It moves into the bowels and does not change form, which can cause hard stool. Soluble fiber, on the other hand, helps to soften the stool because it rapidly absorbs water. When water is added to soluble fiber, it turns into a gel-like sponge and rapidly enters the bowels to soften the stool.
Psylium Husks are other forms of natural laxatives that are sold throughout the world. They are beneficial in the relief of constipation because they offer high levels of soluble fibers. Many companies sell Psylium Husk capsules that are inexpensive and easy to swallow.
Lemon juice in warm water or tea can be effective. Mix 1 cup tomato juice, 1/4 cup carrot juice, and 1/2 cup sauerkraut juice and drink daily empty stomach in the morning. Flaxseed is a popular treatment for constipation. Take 1 to 2 tablespoons with lots of water right after lunch or dinner.
Prune juice is one of the better known natural laxatives. Prunes are not only high in potassium, Vitamin A, and iron, but they are also extremely high in both insoluble and soluble fiber. Prunes work efficiently and quickly as natural laxatives. Therefore, just a small amount of prunes is generally all it takes to relieve constipation.
Lack of exercise can also lead to constipation. The reasons are unclear, but patients who are bedridden as they recover from surgery or accident often deal with serious constipation issues. It is very important to note that daily exercise is another type of natural laxative that many individuals take for granted.