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According to WebMD, “Being constipated means your bowel movements are tough or happen less often than normal.” This means that your faeces are dry and hard to pass, the longer the food stays in the system, the more water dries up from it, toughening it up. The reasons for constipation may include – dehydration, lifestyle choices, lack of exercise and holding poo in. In treating constipation, laxatives should be the last resort.

Stay hydrated

Drinking a lot of water is key to staying hydrated and avoiding constipation. You can also consume fruits like cucumber and watermelon. It is important to stay hydrated with the right things, consuming carbonated drinks will only worsen constipation.

Baking soda

Baking soda works by neutralizing the acid contained in the stomach, thus allowing the release of gas bringing about an almost instant release. How this works is by mixing a teaspoon of baking soda into a glass of warm water and gulping it down.

Caution: *Baking soda contains a large amount of sodium.

Olive oil

Olive oil is not only ideal for hair and skin, it is quite effective in relieving a constipated tummy. The oil, when ingested, works as a stimulant in the digestive system by getting things moving through the system. Consuming a tablespoon of olive oil in the morning before breakfast will do the trick or you can pair the oil with orange or lemon juice for an extra flavour.

Aloe vera

The aloe plant has a lot of medicinal purposes, of which one includes soothing a constipated stomach. Get an aloe vera leaf, extract the gel and mix with a fruit juice and drink this also before breakfast.

Go to the loo when you need to

The body sends signals to your brain for a reason; ignoring the signal makes the stool harder as more water is absorbed. Going to the loo when you need prevents constipation, so holding it in is harmful in the long run.

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This article was first published on 12th June 2018


Amara Adanna Ogbonna is a Christian, foodie, and lover of arts. She spends most of her time on Facebook.

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