Those who suffer from constipation should not immediately resort to a chemical laxative, but rather try to get the digestion back into action in a natural way. We will give you tips on how to recover your digestive system even without chemical laxatives and introduce you to some natural laxatives.
Get the digestion going, of course
If you suffer from constipation, first of all you should take a closer look at your everyday behavior: How healthy are you? And what about your sporting activity? Here are some tips to help you get started on your digestion without laxatives:
- Be aware of your diet: Try to consume foods that are high in fiber. Fiber is an indigestible dietary constituent that swells in the intestine and thereby stimulates digestion. Extra fiber is contained in whole grains. In addition, they also occur in fruits, vegetables and legumes in larger quantities.
- Make sure you drink enough. You should drink at least two liters of liquid, preferably water, per day. Drinking too little may cause the chair to be particularly hard and difficult to excrete.
- Be Active: Go jogging, swimming, walking or cycling. Exercise is like a massage for the intestines and thus helps to stimulate digestion.
In addition to a change in diet can also help with constipation in a light stomach massage: massaging your stomach several times a day around the navel. It is important to perform the circular movements in a clockwise direction.
Natural home remedies for constipation
If you suffer from digestive problems or constipation and you are unsuccessful with a change in diet and exercise, you can also resort to natural home remedies for constipation. These include, for example:
- Sauerkraut or sauerkraut juice
- Dried plums, apricots or figs (tip: soak the plums in water overnight and do not consume them until the next morning).
- Pear juice or plum juice
- Legumes such as lentils and beans
On the other hand, stuffing foods such as bananas, cocoa or white flour products should be avoided.
If the digestive aids do not work, you can use a particularly gentle laxative with swelling agents. The swelling agents include, for example, flaxseed, psyllium or wheat bran. These natural laxatives should be taken with sufficient fluid, as they swell in the intestine. Swelling agents can also be taken over a longer period without negative health consequences.
When taking swelling agents, however, it should be noted that they can delay or even inhibit the intake of other drugs. Therefore, drugs should be added to the body at different times.
Beware of herbal laxatives
Vegetable products have a reputation for being mild and wholesome. However, this does not apply to some herbal laxatives: Herbal laxatives containing the active ingredient anthraquinone are suspected of causing particularly severe side effects such as cancer. The anthraquinone-containing laxatives include, among others, means of senna leaves, aloe, rhubarb and buckthorn bark.
Due to their side effects, anthraquinone-containing laxatives can only be used for a short time nowadays. In addition, they may only be prescribed for constipation and no longer for digestive promotion. In addition, these plant laxatives are sold only in therapy-appropriate pack sizes.