There isn’t a standard for regular bowel movements as it is different from one person to the next. However, despite the number of times you do your #2, the symptoms of constipation are usually the same for anyone.
Therefore, if you aren’t pooping every day, your bowel movements are slow or painful or if your stools are dry, you most probably have constipation. Fortunately, constipation isn’t a huge cause for concern and you can improve it with simple home remedies using ingredients in your pantry.
Note: See a doctor if you experience abdominal pain, unexpected weight loss or bloody stools with constipation.
The citric acid in lemon juice stimulates the digestive tract and helps flush out toxins and undigested matter fro the body. Having lemon water is also linked to a plethora of other benefits including clearer skin and more energy. To improve the taste of the concoction, try adding a teaspoon of honey.
Some research also shows that honey may work as a mild laxative. One tried and tested trick is to have a tall glass of warm water mixed with lemon juice and honey first thing every morning.
Coffee contains caffeine which stimulates your digestive tract naturally. Most of us have probably had the urge to use the bathroom after a cup of Joe. Do not go over 2 to 3 cups a day as too much caffeine can mess with your energy levels and can make you feel sick. Note that coffee is also a diuretic, which means you’ll urinate a lot more after drinking it.
Too much coffee may therefore, dehydrate your body by drawing water away from your colon and the forming stools.
Going natural with your foods is one of the best ways of relieving constipation as most plant-based foods are packed with fiber that leaves your body undigested in your stool. Our bodies are naturally more accustomed to processing fruits, vegetables, grains, other plant-based foods and animal protein versus artificial, chemical and sugar-laden foods.
Fiber acts as a sponge as it draws water from its surrounding, making the stools softer and bulkier. This makes it easier to pass the stools. Additionally, you should drink plenty of water to facilitate this action. Some great sources of fiber include beans, whole grains, oats, apricots, apples, plums, broccoli, green leafy vegetables and sweet potato.
Probiotics are good bacteria that promote digestion and are found in your intestines. Examples of good bacteria in your gut include Lactobacillus, Sacchromyces boulardi and Bifidobacterium. Probiotics are also found in probiotic-enriched yogurt, fermented foods and in supplement form.