If you have irregular bowel movements and, sometimes, you get constipated, then you are obviously not alone. There are numerous people out there, who want to be able to regulate their body functions without having to consult a doctor or turn to medication. Luckily, solutions are available in your own kitchen or at the grocery store. They are natural laxatives, safe, healthy and often delicious, so you have no reason not to try them.
Laxatives are designed to loosen the stool and to increase the fluidity of your bowels. They contain specific chemicals that, once absorbed into your intestines, will ensure that the residues, the undigested food, is not blocked or hardened. If it is, laxatives moisten it allow it to be released regularly and effortlessly.
Here are five of the most efficient natural laxatives you can easily find in your kitchen or in stores.
1. Beets & Beet Juice
Beets are not very popular in some areas, but they were proven to help regulate bowel movements for anyone consuming them. There are a number of ingredients that contribute to its action as a laxative, such as:
• Vitamins A and C;
Besides ensuring the laxative effect of beet, these ingredients bring numerous other health benefits, providing the vitamins and mineral boost the body needs in order to cope with daily routine, a sensation of satiety induced by the rich fiber content and helpful for those trying to lose weight, improved digestion, stronger immune system and even protection against cancer. Due to its delicious sweet taste, beet can be consumed as salad, cooked, pickled or juiced, depending on your preferences.
Prunes are known to have laxative properties. They can be consumed regularly to improve the digestive flow. In addition to regulating bowel movements, they also lower cholesterol and keep the blood pressure low. The fiber in the prunes is what initiates the laxative effect, so the best results are obtained consuming raw prunes. However, due to their delicious savory taste, prunes make a great main ingredient for juices, jams and sauces as well.
3. Coconut Water
Coconut water has been proven to improve digestion. Consumed regularly, it will clean your urinary tract, loosen your stools and regulate your bowel movements. Other benefits associated with the consumption of coconut water are the lowering of cholesterol and the decrease of the risk of developing glaucoma, by lowering the pressure in your eyes.
4. Aloe Vera
The Aloe Vera plant, so often used in sunscreen lotions and moisturizers, is also recommended to people suffering from hemorrhoids and constipation, due to its moisturizing and healing action when applied locally and to its laxative effect when ingested. The plant’s ability to improve digestion and regulate bowel movement is due to its content of Aloin, an ingredient subject to many tests and proven highly efficient that is currently used as main ingredient for numerous pills and topical treatments.
You turn to it when you feel sad, tired, when you need to focus on something or when you are simply craving something sweet, but did you know that this delicious dessert is also an efficient laxative? Yes, consuming chocolate regularly (in small amounts, though), especially in brownies or creams, is a good way to ensure regular, easier bowel movements, especially if you accompany it with plenty of water.
Obviously, there are numerous other natural laxatives out there, and, as you can see, many of them are a pleasure to include in your daily diet, so do not let constipation ruin your day. Take control of the way you feel with these amazing, delicious and affordable solutions!