Natural laxatives generally include hight fibre food or water content, such as whole grains and fruits. Fibre (roughage) is the part of plant food that is not digested. It stays in your gut and is passed in the poo (feces, stools or motions). Fibre adds bulk and some softness to the stools.Another category of natural laxatives contains foods such as yogurt that promote the growth of healthy bacteria in the intestinal tract. Other options are agents such as aloe vera that cause contractions of the intestinal walls, or peristalsis.
Fibre foods for constipation
There are many foods possess a natural laxative effect, which can help relieve common symptoms of constipation, as well as many other intestinal ailments.
Aim to eat at least five portions of a variety of fruit and vegetables each day. Fruits like melons, bananas, apples and a variety of berries are extremely high in liquid-content, which helps the body wash out toxins. They are also very easy to digest and high fiber in antioxidants, nutrients, and many important vitamins like vitamin C.
Prune laxative effect
Recognized as “nature’s laxative,”. Prunes are high in insoluble fiber as well as the natural laxative sorbitol. Additionally, prunes provide beneficial bacteria to the intestines, thereby making it a great addition to any colon cleansing diet. Researchers at the University of Iowa tested dried, pitted plums (prunes) against psyllium (a laxative) in 40 adults who were constipated. Those given the plums had measurably higher spontaneous bowel movements than those given the laxative.
There are three reasons for the efficacy of prunes as a laxative. First, these dried plums are concentrated with the simple sugars fructose and sucrose. These sugars are not easily broken down in the digestive tract and, as a result, the undigested sugars pull water from the body and concentrate it in the stool. The extra water softens the bowel movements and eases the passage of fecal matter. The insoluble fiber prunes contain increases the bulk of a bowel movement, which helps to move the fecal matter more quickly through the body. The high fiber content also helps to improve the regularity of bowel movements.
Apple cider vinegar laxative remedy
The high pectin levels in apples stimulate the bowels and also provide bulk for bowel movements. One of the best natural laxative foods is organic apple cider vinegar. Apple Cider vinegar or ACV, is a type of vinegar made by crushing apples and squeezing out the liquid. 1 or 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar in water before meals is recommended. Apple cider vinegar may help improve bowel irregularity, thereby removing toxins from the body at a faster rate. Beneficial ingredients in raw apple cider vinegar include potassium, pectin, malic acid, calcium, ash, and acetic acid.
It is a traditional product made from freshly crushed, hand picked apples that have been allowed to mature naturally without heat. Unlike all commercial types of ACV, natural apple cider vinegar is not processed or refined and has had nothing added or taken away. Natural ACV is cloudy and contains sediment. It also contains a substance called the ‘mother’ which is naturally produced during the fermentation process. The ‘Mother’ is essentially enzymes, a natural substance created during the fermentation process of acv. It appears as a cob-web like formation floating in the vinegar. The ‘mother’ is alive and is made up from bacteria, enzymes and living nutrients.
Just pour a small amount into a glass of purified water and drink it in the morning. But be carefully, many of the apple cider vinegars that you will find in the health food shops and supermarkets have been pasteurized and filtered. This destroys and removes the ‘Mother’ (a ball of living enzymes that floats in the apple cider vinegar) and other nutrients making it pretty much useless for anything other than a table condiment. Also many of these vinegars are made from apples grown using harmful chemical fertilizers and pesticides.
Only raw organic apple cider vinegar has the “mother of vinegar” made up of living nutrients and bacteria, which help make us feel better, look better and feel energized.
What Are the Risks of Apple Cider Vinegar?
On the whole, the risks of taking occasional, small amounts of apple cider vinegar seem low. But using apple cider vinegar over the long term, or in larger amounts, could have risks. Here are some things to keep in mind.
- Apple cider vinegar is highly acidic. The main ingredient of apple cider vinegar is acetic acid. As the name suggests, it’s quite harsh. Apple cider vinegar should always be diluted with water or juice before swallowed. Pure apple cider vinegar could damage the tooth enamel and the tissues in your throat and mouth. One study found a woman who got an apple cider vinegar supplement stuck in her throat suffered lasting damage to her esophagus. In addition, vinegar has been known to cause contact burns to the skin.
- Long-term use of apple cider vinegar could cause low potassium levels and lower bone density. If you already have low potassium or osteoporosis, talk to your health care provider before using apple cider vinegar.
- If you have diabetes, check with your health care provider before using apple cider vinegar. Vinegar contains chromium, which can alter your insulin levels.
- The biggest danger of drinking apple cider vinegar when you have high blood pressure is the potential for drug interactions. According to MayoClinic.com, vinegar has shown to interact with diuretics, a drug commonly prescribed to those with high blood pressure. This interaction may result in a dramatic drop in potassium levels in the blood.
First laxative choice is tamarind (tamarindus indica L). Tamarind consist of malonat acid, tartat, sitrat and malat acid that will refresh your stomach. Others are potassium bitartat as light laxative, pektin and sacarose.
Tamarind also consist of oligosakarida as a fiber that have special characteristics to facilitate defecate. Use ripe tamarind for this recipes, and don’t forget to separate tamarind from its pit.
Fruit tamarind pods containing chemical compounds such as apple acid, citric acid, acid wine, tartaric acid, succinic acid, pectin and invert sugar.
Ripe tamarind fruit contains the value of calories by 239 calories per 100 grams, 2.8 grams of protein per 100 grams, 0.6 grams of fat per 100 grams, 62.5 grams carbohydrate per 100 grams, calcium 74 milligrams per 100 grams, 113 milligrams of phosphorus per 100 grams, 0.6 milligrams of iron per 100 grams, vitamin A 30 SI per 100 grams, vitamin B1 0.34 milligrams per 100 grams, vitamin C 2 milligrams per 100 grams. Skin seeds contain phlobatannnin and albuminoid and seeds contain starch.
How to use
- Boil a half of tablespoon of tamarind and one spoon of sugar with 1 glass (300cc) of water.
- Mix them and then leave its for a while.
- After its ingredients become cold, you can drink it slowly.
Some herbalis approach is to combine the irritant herbs with tasty ones like peppermint, ginger, and fennel, that also relax the intestines and prevent cramping. A recent magazine article suggested drinking aloe vera juice on a daily basis. But many western herbalists do not recommend aloe as a laxative because it is too strong.
Natural Laxatives Herbs Recipes:
Also here are recipes for relieving constipation compiled from some popular herbal guides:
Laxative Tea (Michael Moore, Herb Formulas for Clinic and Home)
2 parts Angelica root
3 parts Psyllium seed
2 parts Rhubarb root (Rheum officinale)
3 parts Licorice root
2 parts Senna pods, crushed
Drink as a simple tea/infusion in the evening.
Constipation tea/tincture (Deb Soule, The Roots of Healing, p92)
- Ginger root 1 part
- Dandelion root 2 parts
- Angelica root 2 parts
- Burdock root 1 part
- Yellow dock root 1 part
- Licorice root 1/2 part
Place 7 to 8 tablespoons of herbs in 1 quart of water and simmer, covered for 30 minutes. Drink warm as needed. As a tincture, take 25-50 drops as needed. For chronic constipation, take 3x a week for 1 to 3 weeks.
Herbal Laxative Syrup – for adults (Kathi Keville, Herbs for Health and Healing, p 84)
- 1 teaspoon honey (or barley syrup or some other natural liquid sweetener)
- 2 teaspoons cascara sagrada bark tincture
- 1 teaspoon licorice root tincture
- 1/2 teaspoon tincture of fennel, ginger, or peppermint
Warm honey enough to make it liquid. Combine it with the remaining ingredients and stir well. Take 1 teaspoon.
Several tips to do to prevent from constipation
- Get 25 to 35 grams of fiber a day. That amount should keep your gastrointestinal system moving. Also, drink lots of water. Increasing eat vegetables and fruits to get more fiber.
- Try to have breakfast, lunch and dinner timely.
- Do exercise to discharge feces regularly, every day at the same hours. the best time to do it is about 15 – 45 minutes after breakfast. If it take more than 10 -15 minutes, and you not feel to discharge feces yet. please don’t be coerced.
- Sleep well, at least 8 hours a day.
What should to do if it too late? Uh… its too exasperating isn’t it?
First eat soft food, and stay away from spicy food like chili, red pepper and pepper. You can compress your stomach with warm water. This action will stimulate your peristaltic.
Laxatives, even herbal laxatives, should be used with caution. Other natural laxatives herbs should be tried first. People sometimes associate the term “natural” with “safe,” but the two words are not synonymous. Even natural laxatives can cause problems such as excessive diarrhea and subsequent dehydration. The body can become dependent on natural substances in the same way it can become dependent on manufactured products. Additionally, many individuals have allergies to foods people recommend for laxative use, such as nuts. Anyone who wants to try a natural remedy for constipation therefore should consult with a physician prior to starting a regimen.Natural Laxatives Herbs as an Alternative Treatment by K. N