Constipation is a common condition that can cause a lot of discomfort and pain in people who go through it. A variety of reasons can be attributed to constipation like diet, lack of adequate water intake, intake of certain medications and hormone problems are some reasons associated with constipation.
Severe constipation can be very distressing and require adequate treatment before it develops into something much more serious and chronic. Discussed below are some great home remedies for treating severe constipation at home and also preventing serious problems later on.
Drinking plenty of water is the first line treatment and prevention strategy for severe constipation. Most cases of constipation occur when there is not enough water in the stools. Drinking at least two to three liters of water every day will help in treating the problem naturally without any medications.
Drinking plenty of water will also help in flushing the system off toxic substances, which too is a good way to prevent and treat constipation. Drink a glass of warm water first thing in the morning to encourage flushing out of toxins and to kick start the digestive system.
Probiotics contain beneficial bacteria that can help treat constipation. However, it may not be effective on all kinds of constipation. Taking two cups of yoghurt can help in easing digestion and preventing constipated stools in many cases. Many a time, build up of bad bacteria can lead to constipation due to improper digestion. Probiotics will help in treating this problem effectively.
Acupressure involves the use of certain pressure points for stimulating the excretory system. This is a simple method that can be tried at home if you have severe and chronic constipation. The point that has to be targeted for treating constipation is the web between the thumb and index finger.
Target the highest point of this area when you bring the thumb and index finger together. Now hold the thumb and index finger at 90 degree angle and press the edge of the web gently, gradually applying more pressure until you start feeling uncomfortable. Stop there and hold for three minutes.
Honey is a natural laxative due to its moisturizing properties. A tablespoon of fresh organic honey can be consumed with a glass of warm water in the morning to initiate the digestive system and stimulate proper elimination of stools.
Cayenne pepper is known to a good remedy for severe constipation. Cayenne heats up the body and increases blood circulation and this will in turn help in stimulating the excretory system and leads to optimum bowel movements. As a result of the heat generated by cayenne pepper, we are forced to drink more water and this will help in looser stools. Take one teaspoon of cayenne pepper along with a glass of warm water.
Basil leaves have many anti-inflammatory and anti bacterial properties and help in treating severe constipation. Take some basil leaves and crush it. Add to a cup of water and simmer for fifteen minutes. This water can be taken several times a day warm to ease the bowel movement and provide relief to the patient.
Fenugreek seeds too can help when you have severe constipation. Soak a tablespoon of fenugreek seeds in water for an hour and make it into a paste and consume with a glass of warm water. For people with chronic constipation, it is advisable to drink fenugreek water instead of plain water. Boil one litre of water along with a tablespoon of fenugreek seeds and take this all throughout the day.
Flax seeds are rich in omega 3 fatty acids that help in keeping the stools and colon walls well moisturized. Coconut oil is a wonderful hydrating agent and eases stools. Flax seeds help in the elimination of toxins, excess fat and cholesterol from the body and ease the stools. Take one tablespoon of coconut oil and add half a teaspoon if flax seeds to this. Chew well and eat this every day morning. This will eliminate all kinds of constipation.
Papayas are known for their laxative qualities and can be used for treating sever constipation. Take papayas every day morning along with a few dry figs that have been softened by soaking it water overnight. Figs are highly fibrous in nature and help in easing the bowel movements without much trouble.
Olive oil helps in moisturizing the stools and also coating the colon walls with a thin layer of oil so that the bowel movements are much softer and easily attained. For severe constipation, take 1/4th glass of olive oil and add this to 3/4th glass of orange juice that is freshly squeezed. The fibrous nature of orange juice and the moisturizing properties of olive oil will help in removing severe constipation. Olive oil can also be sprinkled on your favorite salad every day to prevent constipation.
Lemon juice is an excellent detoxifying remedy for elimination of toxins, fat and cholesterol from the body and for moisturizing the stools, thereby easing constipation.
Take the freshly squeezed juice of one lemon and add one cup of warm water to this. Lemon juice will help in flushing your liver off the uric acid deposits and make the stools soft and easy for excretion.
The fibrous nature of apples makes it a great juice that can be taken every day for preventing severe constipation. Take one glass of apple juice every day if you have constipation. Apple juice contains pectin which is a soluble fibre that will help in easy digestion and prevent constipation ton. For sever constipation, make it a habit to include 2-3 apples a day in your diet.
Take a cup of water and add three tablespoons of oatmeal and two tablespoons of honey. Boil this and add a chamomile tea bag. This tea can be taken 2 -3 times a day for easing the bowels and preventing severe constipation. Chamomile is an anti-inflammatory agent and soothing for the stomach as well. Oatmeal is fibrous and honey is healing and moisturizing. Together, they can stop severe constipation from occurring.