Most people dread going to the toilet in the morning. Pooping is a huge uncomfortable task for them. This is called constipation. It is a common complaint by almost every other person these days, be it due to dietary habits or lifestyle. While most people suffer from occasional constipation which is extremely common and nothing to worry about, for some people it turns to chronic constipation. Besides constipation, we also face other digestive problems like gas, bloating, flatulence, upset stomach, diarrhea, nausea or heartburn. Such problems can cause major disruption in your life with its many uncomfortable symptoms.
While other problems can be controlled to an extent, it is chronic constipation that needs to be taken care of as it can lead to a number of diseases and illnesses.
- Anal Fissures
- Rectal Prolapse
These issues can lead to bleeding with stool, infection, severe pain, blood clots and other serious conditions that might need emergency medical intervention.
When we visit the doctor issues of digestion or chronic constipation, they often prescribe OTC laxatives and digestion supportive medications. But it is, however, a great idea to change our eating patterns and include foods that are natural laxatives.
Here are some natural laxatives that help with better digestion and prevent chronic constipation. The key is to eat enough fiber.
1. Aloe Vera
Aloe Vera can be called a natural stimulant laxative. In a study against a popular OTC laxative, it was found out the aloe vera as a laxative worked better in easing bowel movement and improving digestive issues. You can also buy a bottle of aloe vera juice. Mix 1-2 tbsp of aloe vera juice with water and drink every morning. Avoid drinking too much as it might lead to diarrhea and stomach cramps.
2. Flax seeds
What can be better for fiber content than a spoonful of flax seeds! It is a superfood with its high-fiber, low-carb content. It is a very effective natural bulk laxative.
3. Castor oil
We all know the health benefits of castor oil. Besides treating conditions like insomnia and arthritis, castor oil is also a natural laxative. A certain study conducted on a group of people who were chronically constipated gave out positive results.
They got relieved from constipation symptoms like hard stools, straining, and incomplete bowel movement. Castor oil contains a component called ricinoleic acid that induces contraction and pushes stool through the colon for an easy and fuss-free bowel movement.
Nothing is better than probiotics when it comes to easing digestion and stimulating the bowel movement. These are gut-friendly bacteria found in fermented food like idli, dosa, dhokla, utthapam, pickles, curd or buttermilk. That is one reason why South Indian foods are termed as the best cuisine for health and digestion. These foods not just improve digestion but also decrease constipation symptoms like bloating, hard stool and stomach pain.
5. Psyllium Husk
In case you are wondering what Psyllium husk is, it is the very humble isabgol that I’m sure most of you might also have it stocked at home. This is known as the most natural laxative that prevents constipation and improves bowel movement. It can be easily available at your nearest general store or a more reliable version at a medical store near you.
Psyllium is rich in soluble fiber that (when soaked overnight) absorbs water and forms a gel-like substance. It is proved to work better than a prescription laxative.
Besides these natural laxatives, increase your water intake to improve digestion and prevent constipation. There have also been enough surveys among Asian people to prove the fact that a higher consumption of rice leads to low instances of constipation.
OTC laxatives are strong that can lead to malnutrition, unhealthy weight loss, and dehydration. It is, therefore, best to include natural laxatives that are mild, safe and healthy.