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  • Writer's pictureDr. Karuturi Subrahmanyam

Natural Relief for Constipation: Home Remedies That Work

Constipation is a common complaint, affecting millions of people. It can be uncomfortable and frustrating. Constipation can arise from various factors including dietary choices low in fiber and high in dehydrating elements like dairy, a lack of exercise or routine disruptions from travel, underlying medical conditions like IBS, diabetes, hormonal imbalances, nerve or muscle issues affecting digestion, pelvic floor dysfunction, or even blockages in the colon.

Luckily, several natural remedies can help get things moving again. Here, we'll explore some easy-to-do strategies to find relief:

Hydration is Key:

Dehydration is a major culprit behind constipation. Drinking plenty of fluids, especially water, helps soften stool and keeps your digestive system functioning smoothly. Aim for eight glasses of water daily. You can also include herbal teas,clear broths, and water with fruits like cucumber or lemon for added flavor.

Fiber Power:

Fiber acts like a bulking agent in your digestive system, adding softness and volume to stool, making it easier to pass.Focus on incorporating high-fiber foods into your diet. Excellent choices include fruits (berries, prunes, pears), vegetables (broccoli, spinach, Brussels sprouts), whole grains (brown rice, quinoa, oatmeal), and legumes (beans, lentils).

Get Moving:

Physical activity stimulates your intestines and helps move stool through your digestive system. Aim for at least 30 minutes of moderate-intensity exercise most days of the week. Brisk walking, cycling, swimming, or yoga are all great options.

Listen to Your Body:

Don't ignore your body's urge to have a bowel movement. Delaying it can make constipation worse. When you feel the need, take the time to respond.

Probiotics and Prebiotics:

Probiotics, the good bacteria in your gut, can promote digestive health and regulate bowel movements. Consider incorporating yogurt with live cultures or taking a probiotic supplement. Prebiotics, found in fruits like bananas and chicory root, act as food for probiotics, helping them thrive.

Warm Water and Castor Oil:

Drinking a glass of warm water with a teaspoon of castor oil in the morning can stimulate your bowels. Castor oil is a natural laxative, but be sure to consult your doctor before using it, especially if you have any underlying health conditions.

Warm Lemon Water:

Drinking a glass of warm water with lemon in the morning can help stimulate your digestive system and relieve constipation. The citric acid in lemon can also help break down food in your stomach, promoting digestion.

Herbal Teas:

Certain herbal teas, such as senna, peppermint, and ginger, can help relieve constipation. Senna is a natural laxative, while peppermint and ginger can help soothe your digestive tract and reduce inflammation.

Relaxation Techniques:

Stress can contribute to constipation. Techniques like deep breathing, meditation, or yoga can help ease tension and promote regularity.

When to See a Doctor:

If your constipation is severe, lasts longer than a week, or is accompanied by symptoms like abdominal pain, rectal bleeding, or weight loss, it's crucial to see your doctor to rule out any underlying medical conditions.


These remedies are meant for occasional constipation. If you experience chronic constipation, consult your doctor to develop a long-term management plan.

By incorporating these natural approaches into your routine, you can find relief from constipation and promote a healthy digestive system.

Dr. Karuturi Subrahmanyam, MD, FRCP (London), FACP (USA)

Internal Medicine Specialist

Kify Hospital



Phone : 85000 23456


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