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Constipation Remedies – a Basic Guide

Section 1 : Laxatives

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Laxatives Can Kill You if Not Taken Correctly

Ok not exactly… there is a bit of truth to that, but it would take a few hundred dollars worth of over the counter laxatives to overdose.. and I am sure most of my readers are smarter than that! There are many types of laxatives ranging from natural (found in food) to over the counter.

Laxatives are used to help produce a bowel movement when you feel bloated and blocked up. Over the counter laxatives are easy enough to find at the store, however, if you are in search of a more natural laxative here is a list of a few natural laxative resources:

  • Prunes: Prunes and especially prune juice will typically produce a bowel movement within 6-8 hours. For ultimate effectiveness, warm up the prune juice. Warm prune juice hits the digestive system quicker
  • Water: The most common cause of constipation is simple dehydration. Go and chug a few glasses of water right now and see how it makes you feel. Laxatives work by adding water to your digestive system helping to break up the fecal matter. The more water you have in your system, the better laxatives will work on you.
  • Coffee: If you’ve ever had a cup of hot coffee on an empty stomach you likely already know how effective it can be at clearing out a backed up stomach.

*Bonus! Here is a quick info graphic that should help you produce a bowel movement in the next 24 hours:*

produce a bowel movement

*Laxatives are a great way to relieve constipation issues quickly. However, it’s important to remember that over the counter laxatives are not permanent solutions to constipation. There are some terrible side effects that come with prolonged laxative use.