Nature’s Laxatives

If you suffer from constipation but don’t want to use medication, you can’t go wrong with these natural laxatives. However, do not confuse the term ‘natural’ with ‘harmless’. It is vital to adhere to the safe dosage of natural laxatives and to avoid eating more than recommended. If you do not do this you could trigger a whole range of digestive system disorders and be in considerable pain and discomfort. Here are some of the best natural laxatives.

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If you periodically feel “swollen” or “heavy”, because of irregular bowel habits then you may find that adding these foods to your diet greatly helps. They are easy to get hold of and taste great.

Bananas

Bananas contain loads of fibre which makes them superb as a stool softener. Fibre also promotes great digestion. They also contain a wonderful nutrient called potassium. If you eat one banana a day, it can restore the necessary electrolytes to your intestinal tract as potassium helps to do this. They also contain fructooligosaccharides, which is a compound that encourages healthy bacteria to proliferate in your intestine.

Apples

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Apples contain high levels of pectin, which has the effect of stimulating the intestines.  They also contain plenty of fibre. Eat two or three raw apples a day to prevent constipation.

Aloe vera

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Aloe vera can be taken as an infusion to help regulate bowel habits. Sweeten it, as it can be quite bitter tasting.

Spices

Ginger, saffron and cayenne pepper can aid digestion and act as natural laxatives. There are several ways in which you can take the spices. Ginger, for example, can be consumed as tea. Saffron promotes liver detoxification and eliminates carcinogens from food as well as aiding digestion. Cayenne pepper promotes the production of gastric juices and digestive enzymes.

Citrus fruit

Oranges, lemons and even grapefruit are excellent cleansers and can rid the human body of toxins. The vitamin C in these fruits transforms toxins into digestible material for the body. Just one orange provides 15% of the daily recommended intake of fibre.

Carrots

Similar to apples, carrots contain a lot of pectin and fibre which keeps the digestive tract moving. They also stimulate intestinal contractions and detoxify the body.

Onions

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Onions are a great source of quercetin which eliminates residue from the body. They also contain folic acid, vitamin E and C, potassium and fibre.

Garlic

A small portion of this small food provides selenium and allicin that helps cleanse the liver and remove toxins. Some studies have shown that raw garlic may play a role in preventing stomach cancer.

Broccoli and cauliflower

Both vegetables increase the amount of glucosinolate in the body which causes the body to produce more enzymes.  This in turn rids the body of toxins which bowel movements more regular. Cabbage can be included in this group, which also acts as a stool softener.

Tomatoes

These are wonderful laxatives and also provide a lot of vitamin A, C, and K.  They provide 10% of the daily fibre intake for adults. They also contain lipozene which is an antioxidant that protects against colon cancer.

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Omega-3 oils

These oils are found in linseed, olive oil, avocado or hemp. They eliminate toxins and help lubricate intestine walls, making bowel movements easier.

Leafy green vegetables

This group of foods contains spinach, chicory, arugula, and more.  They are excellent natural laxatives because they are so rich in fibre as well as magnesium, folic acid, calciu and vitamins C and K. All of these elements aid healthy digestion. They increase bile secretion which removes waste from the blood and organs.

Coconut oil

This natural oil improves digestion and intestinal function. It can also alleviate the discomfort caused by haemorrhoids because it reduces inflammation and promotes tissue repair.

Avocado

Avocado is full of nutrients like potassium, folic acid, and vitamin K. Eating one avocado a day will provide 30% of the recommended fibre intake for an adult. It also provides magnesium and lutein, which help improve nutrient absorption from other foods.

Seeds

Raw seeds in your diet will help better digest your meals. You could try linseed, chia seed, pumpkin or sunflower seed. They contain loads of fibre as well as zinc, proteins and vitamin E.

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