Constipation is a common gastrointestinal complaint in the US. It occurs when a person cannot move their bowels and results in bloating, sluggishness and an uncomfortable feeling. Women (especially pregnant ones) and adults over 65 tend to suffer from constipation more often than the general population from this ailment although the Digestive Disease Information Clearinghouse (NDDIC) Constipation states 4 million Americans suffer from it each year.
Constipation is usually a result of a lack of fiber and/or physical activity. However, it can also be a result from medications, milk, irritable bowel syndrom, abuse of laxatives, dehydration and diseases or conditions stemming from the rectum or colon. The good news is that it can be resolved easily without going to the doctor. Here are a few ways of getting rid of it with products you can find around your home.
* Star Olive Oil. Consume one to three tablespoons of Star Olive Oil and it will act as a mild laxative.
* Coca-Cola. Drink a can of this soda (none of the flavored products) and it will move your bowels.
* ReaLemon and SueBee Honey. Mix four tablespoons of ReaLemon lemon juice in one cup of warm water and sweeten with honey to taste. Consume it and it will help release your bowels.
* Maxwell House Coffee. Because the caffeine in a cup of coffee triggers muscular contractions in the intestines for some people, it will unclog a backed-up digestive system.
* Quaker Oats. If you struggle with constipation on a regular basis, add a cup of Quaker Oats to your morning routine. It contains enough fiber to help you become regular.
* Orville Redenbacher’s Gourmet Popping corn. Most people don’t know that popcorn is fiber. So if you eat this popular product daily, it will help rid you of constipation.
* Kellog’s Raisin Bran. One of the selling points for this cereal has been the level of fiber in it. If you eat a bowl every morning, it will add 7 grams of fiber to your diet helping the body to produce soft bowels.
* Hungarian pharmacist Max Kiss combined chocolate with phenolphthalein to make a commercial laxative which he named Ex-Lax.
* The father of modern medicine, Hippocrates, thought the north winds caused constipation.
* Early Mesopotamians and Egyptians used castor oil as a laxative. Although some people still use it today, experts caution against it because of the ricinoleic acid in it. This acid can cause intense diarrhea, depleting the body of fluids and nutrients.