Constipation is a very common problem, affecting one in five in USA. Rarely serious, it is however very troublesome, especially if it occurs regularly. If you suffer from this problem and you only use medication to remedy this, here is a natural recipe to facilitate transit and relieve constipation.
Constipation is the difficulty to defecate. Defecation frequency varies greatly from one person to another, but doctors speak of constipation when stool evacuation is less than 3 times per week. These are often hard and dry.
Constipation can be chronic and last for weeks or months or occasional and disappear after a few days.
The causes and risk factors for constipation
Constipation is mainly caused by a slowing of peristalsis, that is to say, the intestines does not contract good enough to advance the stool in the gut. But other factors may also favor its occurrence, namely:
– Physical inactivity
– Unbalanced diet low in fiber
– Taking certain drugs
– Low fluid intake
Generally, constipation attacks 3 times more women than men. Older people are also more at risk.
This problem rarely presents complications, but if it persists, it can cause bloating and hemorrhoids or anal fissures. In chronic or brutal constipation, consulting a doctor is essential!
There are several treatments to relieve occasional constipation, some of which can be taken without prescription. But natural methods to address them remain effective and accessible. The remedy we propose below is based on natural ingredients. It will help to facilitate transit and fight against constipation.
– 1 cup fresh pitted prunes
– 1 cup fresh pitted dates
– 5 cups water
Boil the water and cut the dates and prunes into small pieces and add them to the boiling water. Cook for a few minutes, until you get a texture similar to jam.
Normally, you should get the equivalent of 20 tablespoons. Add a tablespoon of this mixture to your yogurt, cereal, toast to enjoy its many benefits.
Why this “jam” is effective?
The effectiveness of this preparation lies in the ingredients used.
Dates are very comprehensive food and are rich in nutrients. Indeed, they include phosphorus, magnesium, zinc, copper, vitamins A, B1, B2, B3, B5 and C, as well as iron.
These fruits also contain a lot of fructose, glucose and sucrose, and therefore present valuable energy sources. Dates are particularly recommended during prolonged physical exertion.
In addition, dates contain much effective dietary fiber to improve transit, fight against constipation and prevent it.
The prune is a highly nutritious food that contains lots of vitamins and minerals. It brings many benefits to health and is particularly renowned for its ability to lower bad cholesterol, thereby preventing cardiovascular disease.
But if there is a therapeutic virtue for which this ingredient is popular, it is its laxative powers. Indeed, the prune is very rich in soluble and insoluble fibers, which stimulate and facilitate transit.
It also contains sorbitol, a sugar, and the dihydroxyphénylisatine, substances that promote peristalsis (intestinal contractions), and therefore help to relieve the constipation.
Note that you can use prune many ways to enjoy its laxative effect. You can, for example, take a few prunes to soaked in water and leave it on overnight. The next day, remove the prunes and drink the liquid.
How to prevent constipation?
– Drink enough water and other fluids throughout the day to meet your water needs
– Eat lots of fruits and vegetables, high in fiber
– Play sports: walking, cycling, running
– Do not hold your stool: go to the bathroom when the need arises