Many of us now sadly prefer to rely on processed convenient foods as a source of daily nutrition, without ever giving a second thought to what these foods might be doing to the state of our digestive health.
As a result of these modern day meals, constipation is now a common occurrence and exactly the reason why many people visit their doctors, in the hope they will give them a drug to treat it.
But there is another way, a gentler way than using medication to relieve the constipation you or someone you know may be suffering from. And these options are natural, and as you will see are also quite tasty too!
1. Blackstrap Molasses
Blackstrap molasses is commonly used as a sweetener and is a favourite in health food stores because of its incredibly rich source of trace minerals such as iron, copper, and manganese. And surprisingly, this syrup can help with constipation.
To try this method to relieve your constipation you will need to boil some water and add 2 teaspoons of unsulfured, organic blackstrap molasses to it, once it is cooled drink it like you would a glass of water. The best time to try this method is first thing in the morning so you can help to get your stools softening over the course of the day, to hopefully bring on a bowel movement later that day.
Many people find that this natural remedy helps even more so if used on a long-term basis, and that it can also help give you a natural energy boost.
Xylitol has been found to be great for keeping teeth and gums healthy, and for being a weight loss aid. Many food manufacturers are opting to use xylitol as a sweetener instead of sugar in their products also because it simply does not come with the long list of negative side effects that sugar has.
This alternative sweetener also makes a natural colon cleaner when taken in large quantities. Many studies have shown that xylitol is safe to consume in any amount and daily servings of 40 grams or more may help remedy even the most chronic cases of constipation.
When choosing your xylitol, always opt for GM free types that are derived from birch and not corn.
3. Dark Chocolate
Dark chocolate is totally different to the milk chocolate variety, as it is the dark type that offers all the health benefits.
Some of the health benefits come from the high level of antioxidants that dark chocolate is so renowned for. But where dark chocolate can help with constipation comes from it being rich in magnesium, as this mineral helps the bowel muscles contract encouraging excretion.
When choosing dark chocolate go for the organic type that is at least 75 percent cacao, and do so after a healthy meal to reduce the chances of binge eating on this delicious food product.
4. Raw Honey
The only type of honey that is good for us comes from the raw, unprocessed types that has not been over heated and over refined so that all the goodness still remains intact. Some of these good nutrients include essential minerals and enzymes that have a very positive effect on our digestive system.
The most common and effective way to use raw honey as a constipation remedy is to make a mixture of raw honey and warm water, and drink it 30 minutes before eating. This can help to prepare the digestive system for the heavy meal that is about to come and invigorate the intestines helping them to cope better with the said meal.
Mix Things Up a Bit
When it comes to constipation, what works for one person may not work straight away for another. Sometimes certain natural remedies can also take longer than others to kick in, so a handful of patience should always be added to your treatment regime.
But what does seem to always help in my experience as a naturopathic nutritionist is ensuring you are eating enough fruit and vegetables, and drinking plenty of water. As the fibre found within these foods mixed with bowel hydrating water, can really help give the bowels the work out they need to get things flowing on a regular basis again.
-  http://www.aapd.org/media/Policies_Guidelines/P_Xylitol.pdf
-  http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2011/02/110207073748.htm
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