How to Prevent Constipation

HEALTH  |  August 21, 2016
  • 1. Figs
    1 / 4 1. Figs

    Start off the day with figs. They’re rich in soluble fibre (the kind that adds bulk to stools) and are also good for softening your stools so you can expel them easily. But be warned: If you are new to the whole fibre thing, start off with a smaller serving to prevent gas, bloating and cramping.

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  • 2. Psyllium Husk
    2 / 4 2. Psyllium Husk

    Need a quick-fix against clogging? Mix one to two teaspoons of psyllium seeds into a cupe of hot water. Let it sit for awhile, then add lemon and honey before drinking. Follow with another glass of water immediately. Psyllium husk is a proven colon cleanser, that can improve digestion and help with weight loss.

    (Also Read: 10 Tasty Foods For A Healthier Gut)

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  • 3. Herbal Bitters
    3 / 4 3. Herbal Bitters

    Taking a teaspoon of herbal bitters in water before dinner every evening has been shown to improve general digestive function. Its benefits don’t end there. Herbal bitters also encourage the liver to produce more blie, which the body then uses for excretion (like a natural laxative!).

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  • 4. Magnesium
    4 / 4 4. Magnesium

    Magnesium helps to reduce muscle spasm tension in your digestive tract, which means it relaxes your bowels and pulls water into your intestines. A good source of easy-to-find magnesium can be found in nuts like almonds and walnuts. But be careful about the dosage of magnesium you consume, too much can lead to diarrhea.

    (Also Read: Healthy Foods Causing That Embarrassing Flatulence)

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    A version of this story first appeared on The Singapore Women’s Weekly website.

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