Constipation is one of those things that can really make or break you as a person, as it is really an awful thing to suffer through. 


It is also something that is not discussed very often, due to its nature as a bowel-related issue. 


Well mums, we are here to talk about constipation, and the natural ways we can alleviate the discomfort that comes with it. 


You don't have to reach for the laxatives every time you are struggling to go to the toilet, we suggest selecting something that will be a more gentle source of relief: 


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1. Prunes

This may seem like the most obvious choice, but it really works. Prunes are high in fibre and sorbitol, a carbohydrate that the body digests slowly. As fibre and sorbitol move along the intestines, they collect water which will soften the faecal matter. Be sure to give the prunes a little time to work before trying more, as too much fibre and sorbitol can cause gas, bloating, and diarrhoea.



2. Beans

Beans are rich in fibre, therefore a meal containing beans has many similar benefits as one containing prunes. Fibre will keep the stool soft, and the protein has added benefits for growth and repair of bodily tissues. Beans also possess nutrients essential for muscle health and function. For many of you (us included), beans may be easier to incorporate into a meal than prunes.



3. Olive oil

Drink a tablespoon of olive oil before eating your breakfast in the morning. As a nutrient-dense oil, it will stimulate your digestive tract and lubricate the bowels to provide antioxidant protection at the same time.



4. Coffee

Your morning caffeine hit does more than just wake you up mentally, trust us. Coffee stimulates digestion and contains fibre, oil, and water - all of which help keep your bowels moving. A cup or two will do the trick. As a diuretic, more than a couple cups may make for too many trips to the bathroom. 



5. Baking soda 

Mix one teaspoon of baking soda in a quarter cup of warm water. For many people, this mixture will relieve pain and pressure associated with constipation, and the bicarbonate is believed to reduce the symptoms associated with heartburn.