Constipation - Natural Remedies

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What natural remedies can a person take for constipation?

Mild constipation that does not have an underlying cause (such as medications, an underactive thyroid, or colon obstruction) can often improve with lifestyle modifications that include:

  1. Increase fiber in the diet. Fiber improves bowel function by adding bulk and softening the stool. Examples of foods that are high in fiber content include:
    • vegetables
    • fruits (include the skin)
    • whole grain breads
    • whole grain cereals
    • prunes
    • corn
    • whole beans (such as kidney beans and pinto beans)
    • oat bran
    • corn
    • barley
    • over-the-counter fiber supplements can also be taken
  2. Increase fluid intake. Although this is widely recommended as a treatment for constipation, there are no studies showing that increasing fluids improves constipation.
  3. Regular exercise such as walking, swimming, or running. Similar to increasing fluid intake, although exercise is widely recommended for treating constipation, there are no studies demonstrating its value.
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Comment from: auntiki, 45-54 Female (Caregiver) Published: November 27

I've found a product called turkey rhubarb. I love it! One at bedtime for my chronic constipation. It works great. I have no pain or cramping.

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