posted on Jun, 5 2009 @ 10:55 PM
No need to be embarrassed!!
Constipation is a number one intestinal complaint. It is a very common problem, that if left untreated can lead to health problems. If you are not
having three of more bowel movements a week...you are most likely constipated.
Symptoms include- a coated tongue, foul breath, loss of appetite, headache, dizziness, dark circles under the eyes, depression, nausea, pimples on the
face, ulcer in the mouth, constant fullness in the abdomen, , varicose veins, pain in the lumbar region, acidity, heart burn, and insomnia.
Some things that you can try that are helpful:
Of course drink plenty of water and get plenty of exercise. These not only help to relieve constipation, they are beneficial to your overall
Grapes have proven very beneficial in overcoming constipation. The combination of the properties of the cellulose, sugar, and organic acid in grapes
make them a laxative food. When fresh grapes are not available, raisins, soaked in water, can be used. Raisins should be soaked for twenty-four to
forty-eight hours. This will make them swell to the original size of the grapes. They should be eaten early in the morning, along with the water in
which they have been soaked.
Guava with seeds intact will provide fiber and roughage.
Prunes or prune juice (just a few or a small glass)
A couple of tablespoons of castor oil ( I chase mine with a beer) works wonders!
Blackstrap molasses- Take 2 tablespoons before going to bed to relieve constipation. Molasses is too high in calories to use it as a daily
preventative, but on an occasional basis, it can help to get you moving. It has a pretty strong taste, though, so you may want to add it to milk,
fruit juice, or for an extra-powerful laxative punch, prune juice.
Fresh Walnuts ( a handful)
Apples, Apple juice or cider is a natural laxative
Vinegar- Mix 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar and 1 teaspoon honey in a glass of water, and drink.
These are just a few examples of things that you can try. Of course there are many over the counter things you can buy, but I have found that many of
these are harsh and can cause cramping! Feel free to list your remedies!