Constipated? 4 Things You Can Do To Bring Constipation Relief Naturally

It’s no joke. Constipation makes it difficult and painful to pass stools.

Constipation affects most of us at some stage of our lives. It commonly strikes during the chilly winter season, when it’s too cold to exercise outdoors.

If left untreated, the condition can worsen into hemorrhoids and other serious ailments — so it’s important to nip it in the bud and find constipation relief sooner rather than later.

These tips can help you become regular and pass stools without discomfort every day.

#1 – Elevate your knees.

Stated in simpler terms: we should squat to poop.

Here’s some history for you… originating in India, the “squat” made its way to China, where Asians figured that it was the ideal way to eat rice and be ready to defecate at any given time.

Although it may seem strange to you, this is the way the human body was designed to function.

And it has recently caught on here in the U.S. — largely thanks to Shark Tank and the popular Squatty Potty that resulted from that show.

#2 – Eat lots of fiber.

To avoid constipation, it is essential to consume plenty of fiber-rich foods every day. Start your day with a bowl full of raisin bran, or bran flakes, soaked in milk.

Fiber helps to make the stool bulky and soft, and stimulates bowel movement. Foods that pack plenty of fiber include peas, lentils, whole-grain bread, apples, raspberries, bananas, cauliflower, and carrots.

When you first increase your fiber intake, you will likely experience symptoms like bloating and gas. These side effects go away after a few days.

Apart from fiber-rich foods, you can also try supplements like Metamucil for constipation relief. Increase your water intake to maximize the benefits of increasing fiber intake.

#3 – Drink lots of water.

Health experts recommend drinking 8-10 glasses of water every day. Liquids help to make the stool softer and bulkier, enabling you to pass it out easily.

So drink lots of water, juices, and green tea every day. However, refrain from consuming too much caffeine and alcohol.

#4 – Exercise more.

If you’re injured, bed-ridden, or unable to walk,  you may experience constipation — because a lack of exercise can cause this condition.

If you’re injured and unable to exercise, use fiber supplements and a laxative for a temporary period for constipation relief.

As long as you’re healthy, you should allot time for regular exercise because this facilitates bowel movements. Practice simple aerobic exercises like swimming or jogging for about half an hour, 3 times a week.

Again, make sure you drink plenty of water to prevent dehydration.

Other Ways To Get Constipation Relief

I like to help people find unique ways to do things in order to save time & money — so I write about “outside the box” ideas that most wouldn’t think of. As a lifelong dog owner, I often share my best tips for living with and training dogs. I worked in Higher Ed over 10 years before switching gears to pursue activities that I’m truly passionate about. I’ve worked at a vet, in a photo lab, and at a zoo — to name a few. I enjoy the outdoors via bicycle, motorcycle, Jeep, or RV. You can always find me at the corner of Good News & Fun Times as publisher of The Fun Times Guide (32 fun & helpful websites).

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