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Home Remedies For Constipation – Part 2

Posted Saturday, March 21st, 2015 by

constipation, home remedy, digestion

This post is the second part of a series titled “Home Remedies For Constipation.” If you’ve not already done so, we suggest you read part one, as it provides information about what constipation is and also shares a few natural remedies. Please click here to view that post: [Link]

I’ve heard that exercise can help relieve constipation, is that true?

In the 21st century many people lead sedentary lives and don’t get enough (or any) exercise. When the body isn’t moving things tend to get stuck, and digestion is one of those things that gets backed up. An easy way to treat constipation is to get cardiovascular exercise. By going for a long walk, a jog around the neighborhood or by running a few laps you can help get those bowels moving.

While there isn’t a specific scientific reason why a lack of exercise is directly correlated with constipation, it has been shown that getting cardiovascular exercise can help get smooth muscle in the colon moving. And, when running, there is an up and down motion taking place that can help to move impacted fecal matter through the intestinal track. This is particularly helpful for those people who have been suffering with constipation for extended periods of time.

What are probiotics?

Probiotics are the bacteria that are found inside the intestinal track that help to promote digestion. This type of bacteria is good for the body by helping to keep the gut healthy. There are common probiotics that are available as supplements and can also be found in foods. A few examples would be: Lactobacillus, Bifidobacterium, and Sacchromyces boulardi.

Are probiotics helpful for treating constipation?

There have been numerous studies done on the effectiveness of taking probiotics to resolve constipation. These tests prove that taking probiotics is an effective method at resolving this gastrointestinal disorder. Researchers at King’s College in London found that on average, probiotics slowed “gut transit time” by 12.4 hours, increased the number of weekly bowel movements by 1.3, and helped soften stools, making them easier to pass. Probiotics that contained Bifidobacterium appeared to be the most effective. [Link] For those suffering with constipation, taking probiotics can provide substantial relief and improve the health of their digestive system.

Is apple cider vinegar effective for treating constipation?

Apple cider vinegar has become one of the more popular health remedies that has the potential to alleviate a variety of ailments including constipation. It can be ingested and acts as a natural laxative to help induce bowel movements and relieve constipation. Apple Cider Vinegar assists our body in performing natural bowel movements since it contains significant amounts of pectin, which is a water soluble fiber that helps to improve digestion by normalizing the acid levels in the stomach. [Link]

In a previous blog post titled “Health Benefits Of Apple Cider Vinegar” we go into detail as to what apple cider vinegar is, its health benefits, recommended daily dosage and which brand to use. If you are interested in learning more about this amazing natural health remedy we suggest you take some time to read through that post.

Constipation is something that most people suffer from at some point – regardless of age, health or constitution. It is important to properly understand why you’re getting constipated and what you can do about it. If you, or someone you know, has been suffering with constipation, we hope that these natural home remedies are able to provide substantial relief. Please be aware that it is highly advisable to seek the help of a medical professional if you’ve been experiencing chronic or severe constipation.