Home Remedies For Constipation

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Constipation isn’t fun, but you can find home remedies relief naturally.

The first thing to do is talk about all the natural options for constipation.

What are some of the things that people do when they have constipation? What is their experience with these things?

What’s the risk of trying each remedy (if any)?

How long does it take for each remedy to work (if at all)?

A glass of water with lemon.

  • A glass of water with lemon.
  • Drinking eight to ten glasses of water every day is known to help prevent constipation, but this natural remedy takes it a step further by adding lemon juice.
  • Lemons are rich in vitamin C, which helps your body absorb iron and aids absorption of other nutrients.
  • They also have a mild laxative effect when consumed raw or as part of a detox diet (think: liver flush). And finally, lemons increase your body’s pH levels—which can be helpful when dealing with hard-to-pass stools and constipation.*
  • The best way to prepare this drink is by mixing two tablespoons each of fresh or frozen organic lemons until you reach the desired flavor level, adding four cups boiling water after letting them sit for five minutes.*
  • Drink the mixture once daily before bedtime.*
  • You should see results within one week if you follow all instructions correctly!

Yogurt and bananas.

Yogurt is one of the best foods for constipation. It contains probiotics, which are healthy bacteria that promote digestion and help you digest food better. Probiotics can also help prevent bloating, gas, and other symptoms of indigestion.

Bananas can also be effective in treating constipation because they contain pectin, which has been shown to relieve constipation by absorbing water and forming a gel within the intestines that helps soften stools.


Papaya is high in fiber, and it’s also a digestive enzyme. Because it contains papain—an enzyme that breaks down protein—papaya can be considered a good laxative. It’s also helpful for maintaining healthy gut bacteria, which can help keep you regular.

Papaya is high in vitamin C, which has been shown to lower blood pressure by preventing the formation of dangerous blood clots (although this effect may only be present when taken alongside other vitamin C sources).

Over-the-counter remedies.

If your constipation is mild, you can try some over-the-counter remedies. Laxatives are a last resort and should only be used after other methods have failed.

If you decide to use laxatives, make sure that they’re right for you. Laxatives come in many forms: powders, liquids and even suppositories (inserted into the anus).

Some contain natural ingredients like psyllium husks or senna leaves; others contain more synthetic ingredients like bisacodyl or sodium phosphate.

They work by helping your bowels empty more easily (for example by increasing fluid volume inside the gut), but they’re not recommended as a long term solution because they can actually cause more problems if used too often.

If you do use laxatives:

  • As well as taking the product itself, drink plenty of fluids (water is best) to ensure things move along smoothly through your system – aim for around 1 litre per day
  • Increase fibre intake from foods such as fresh fruit & vegetables

Plenty of fluids.

The key to preventing constipation is to keep your bowels moving regularly, and the best way to do that is by drinking plenty of fluids. The recommended amount of water intake per day is between 6 and 8 glasses – but 1.5 – 2 litres (or 3-4 pints) can help you avoid constipation problems too.

The reason why water helps keep your system going is because it helps dilute stool in the colon and make it easier for it to pass through your digestive tract without becoming hard or dry along the way.


As you know, exercise is good for your health. But did you know that it can also help with constipation?

If you’re not a fan of exercise (or if you don’t have time to get enough exercise), then consider this: Exercise may be the best way to lose weight and prevent constipation.

When it comes to weight loss and preventing constipation, here are some things that research has found:

  • The more regularly people exercised or played sports, the lower their risk of being overweight or obese was. People who exercised were about 20% less likely than those who didn’t to be overweight or obese.*
  • Sports players were also much less likely than non-athletes to develop chronic diseases such as diabetes.*

This makes sense because when done properly, physical activity helps increase blood flow throughout your body—including into your digestive system!

This means that when you do things like walking or running around outside on dry land (or swimming laps in an indoor pool), then all of those nutrients from food are getting carried along with them so they can make their way down into all parts of your gut where they belong.*