Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Natural relief for constipation.

Constipation is defined as unsatisfactory defecation. Sometimes doctors dismiss constipation as a minor complaint. While it is generally not life-threatening, constipation is uncomfortable and can be stressful.

Assuming you are normally regular and suddenly have become constipated, it makes sense to check with your doctor. There are diseases and conditions that are directly related to constipation, such as Parkinson's disease or an underactive thyroid gland. Does being constipated mean you have a serious illness? No. But it is best to consult your healthcare provider for a candid discussion -- especially if you drink plenty of fluids and eat a balanced diet.

Diet is the key to constipation prevention. Fluids and fiber are the best combatants against irregularity. Adequate fluids (at least six 8-ounce glasses per day) and a balanced diet containing no less than 25 mg of fiber each day.

Increasing you fiber intake can be accomplished by simply consuming 6 to 9 servings of fresh vegetables and fruit every day, along with whole-grains. Foods that are high in fiber include:

  • Apples
  • Broccoli
  • Prunes
  • Raisins
  • Winter Squash
  • Blackberries
  • Lima Beans
  • Popcorn
  • Chickpeas
  • Bran Cereal
  • Oats (Steel-cut)
For uncomplicated constipation, focus on increasing your dietary intake of these high-fiber foods. An additional source of high-fiber is flaxseed. Flaxseed is a great source of soluble fiber and while treating your constipation, flaxseed can also lower your cholesterol. Flaxseed is also another excellent source of Omega-3 fatty acids. Simply add ground falxseed to your hot or cold breakfast cereal along with a few berries for the easiest way to inject it into your diet.


  1. Nice blog. Good ideas. I found that the best and quickest, natural relief for constipation is 'MANGO JUICE' (:

    1. Thanks for your comment and feed back. Some people even prefer prune juice.