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7 natural laxatives to combat constipation

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If you have a bowel movement less than three times a week, and your stools are dry and/or hard, you are probably suffering from constipation. Certain factors such as the lack of exercise, a sedentary lifestyle, not drinking enough water, and eating too much fatty food and refined flours can cause constipation. Here are 7 natural laxatives to get rid of it as soon as possible!

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2 anti-constipation recipes

Apple juice with olive oil

Make a juice from two apples, or take a half a cup of apple juice you buy in the shop (preferably organic), and mix it with the same quantity of olive oil. Drink this mixture before going to sleep.

Plum juice and honey: an excellent anti-constipation remedy

Put six peeled plums in a pot with a cup and a half of boiling water, cover it, and leave it to steep overnight. The next morning, strain it and add a spoon of honey before drinking it. Eat the remaining plums throughout the day.

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5 laxative plants and fruits

Aloe vera

Cut a stem of aloe vera into pieces, which you put to the boil in a little water. Wait until the mixture has cooled down before pouring the whole lot into a glass container with an airtight lid. Remove the pieces of aloe vera (you can throw them out or reuse them) and seal the lid before putting it in the fridge. Drink this aloe vera juice twice a week, maximum.

This natural remedy is not advised for pregnant or breastfeeding women, or people who are taking anticoagulants.

Plantain

Very rich in fibre, this Indian herb is perfect for regulating the intestinal tract. It has the capacity to absorb water, to promote bowel movements and to stimulate digestion.

Apples

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Apples contain a substance called pectin, no matter what the variety, which can promote intestinal functioning, softening the stools thanks to its fibre, and facilitating their evacuation.

Eat one apple per day, in the morning or in the evening after your dinner. Eat it raw, or boiled accompanied by prunes.

Bananas

Bananas provide the body with high quantities of fibre and potassium, which is in fact a powerful natural laxative. A banana provides 12% of the body’s daily fibre requirements. What’s more, bananas contain oligosaccharides, which pass through the intestines undigested, and which promote digestion and excretion.

Onions

Onions make an excellent natural remedy for constipation, but also for a huge number of other illnesses. Eat them raw to activate the secretion of gastric juices and to promote the health of your intestinal flora. They also contain quinine, which is great for stimulating the metabolism of the liver, the stomach and the pancreas.