3 quick and simple constipation home remedies for adults
While you may not be willing to go into the office and announce to everybody you haven’t pooped in five days, constipation in children and adults is nothing to be embarrassed about. Constipation is a common digestive problem that is relatively easy to treat. Before you rush to the drugstore for medication, however, try these quick and easy constipation home remedies for adults.
1. Drink plenty of fluids (moderate caffeine is a friend)
If you are constipating, drink plenty of fluids. Aim for at least two litres (between 8 and 10 cups) of fluids every day. You will pass much of these fluids as urine, but some of it will soften stools and come out in the gut. Start with a glass of water three to four times a day in addition to what you normally drink.
A cup of coffee is good because it keeps you alert and also helps to relieve constipation. Caffeine is a natural stimulant for the human digestive system. One or two cups of coffee is, therefore, recommended. Avoid drinking too much coffee because over indulging can cause you to urinate more frequently and lead to dehydration, which is a major cause of constipation.
2. Fresh lemon juice is also a friend
Fresh lemon is yet another one of those simple but effective constipation home remedies for adults. The citric acid in lemon acts as a natural stimulant for your digestive system and also as a natural cleaning agent for flushing out toxins and undigested material that build up on the walls of the colon.
Squeeze juice out of fresh lemons and mix the juice with water in a glass. Adding water helps to lessen the sour intensity of lemon flavor. Drink up the liquid to get your bowels working normally again.
3. Baking soda is even better
Another of the simple and effective constipation home remedies for adults is baking soda. Baking soda relieves general tummy aches and constipation in adults up to 95% of the time. The reason baking soda is so effective is because it contains a bicarbonate that re-alkalizes the stomach, neutralises acids in the process and encourages air to come out of your system one way or another.
Mix a teaspoon of baking soda with ¼ cup of warm water and drink up the mixture in one quick go. The quicker you finish all the liquid, the better it seems to work.