What causes constipation?
According to health experts, there are several contributors to constipation and the most common include inactivity, too much stress, age, certain medications, some vitamin supplements, lack of fiber and water, and the list doesn’t stop here. In fact, the list also includes irregular bowel movement, a condition affecting 1 in 10 people.
If you are suffering from constipation, the article focuses on natural methods to deal with it without having to use over-the-counter laxatives.
The recipe we recommend here is one of the most beneficial for treating constipation. In fact, it’s also known as ‘the hospital jam’ because even doctors recommend it due to its infallible efficacy. This natural laxative can treat even the worst constipation. But, more importantly, it’s completely natural and safe to use and doesn’t produce any side effects. Another advantage is that it’s quite easy to prepare. Just follow the instructions and you’ll be on the right way to end your discomforts caused by constipation and bloating.
Natural Laxative Jam Recipe
What you need:
- 1 cup of prunes
- 1 cup of dates
- 5 cups of boiling water
Start by pitting the dates and prunes then chop them nicely and add them to the boiling water. Cook well until the mixture thickens. You should get about 20 tablespoons of it. This mixture is beneficial for people of all ages including children.
You can include the mixture into your breakfast –yoghurt, cereals, toast etc. or, you can consume the jam only. It’s up to your preference.
Why This Works So Well
There’s no magic answer to this. The thing is, prunes are abundant in fiber and pack high content of sorbitol – a natural sugar that softens the stool. This promptly relieves constipation.
Another effective natural recipe includes adding dried prunes to water and leaving them overnight then drinking the liquid in the morning. This will soften your stool and help you empty your bowels. According to health experts, soluble fiber lets more water remain in the stool, which makes it softer, bulkier, and above all, easier to pass.
Important: Rarely, constipation can be a warning sign of more serious conditions, such as colorectal or stomach cancer. If it’s accompanied by abdominal pain, or blood in your stool, seek for immediate medical attention.
On the other hand, if you suffer from chronic constipation, simple lifestyle changes such as eating fiber-rich food (fruits and vegetables), drinking plenty of water, avoiding alcohol and getting more sleep can be extremely beneficial for eliminating constipation in the long run.