Did you over indulged this holiday season with heavy foods and now feeling sluggish, uncomfortable, or even constipated? Instead of reaching for pills and medical remedies try these natural laxatives for a more comfortable start to the new year.
According to mnn.com the pectin in apples help stimulate your bowels eating a whole apple has constipation-revealing fiber to your diet.
Aloe Vera gel has powerful laxative properties. The dried latex from the inner lining of the plant’s leaves is one of the main ingredients in oral laxatives, according to top10homeremedies.com
Cherries are not only a natural laxative but it also is high in iron, according to annetteshealthaction.com.
“The citric acid in real lemon juice helps to stimulate the gut and cleanse the intestines. Add a few teaspoons to a glass of water to get some relief.” Reported mnn.com.
Papaya contains an enzyme called papain this helps digest proteins in the large intestine, according to top10homeremedies.com.
“Figs are high in natural sugars, minerals and soluble fibre. Figs are rich in minerals including potassium, calcium, magnesium, iron and copper and are a good source of antioxidant vitamins A, E and K that contribute to health and wellness.” Stated bbcgoodfood.com.
According to top10homeremedies.com pears are a natural source of sorbitol a well-known laxative. It works by drawing water into the colon.
According to mnn.com prune juice has a reputation for good reason. Drink one glass a day to help relieve and prevent constipation.
The slimy texture of okra contains an extraordinary laxative property. It ensures regular and smooth bowel movements, according to top10homeremedies.com.
“Leafy greens, such as kale, collards and spinach contain magnesium — a mineral that can help naturally soften stools.” Stated mnn.com.
Julia Child world famous, chef, television personality, and cook book author understood the benefit of foods aiding our digestive system when she wrote, “Because of media hype and woefully inadequate information, too many people nowadays are deathly afraid of their food, and what does fear of food do to the digestive system? I am sure that an unhappy or suspicious stomach, constricted and uneasy with worry, cannot digest properly.” According to brainyquote.com.