The easy cure for constipation is in your cupboard 136



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It’s unpleasant to talk about but from time to time, all of us suffer from constipation. When you’re bound up, it can be uncomfortable and feel like there’s nothing you can do, unless you want to take laxatives. But doctors have found one sure fire way to relieve constipation…and it is in your cupboard.

Around one in seven adults at any one time can have constipation and the solution might just be a hot cup of tea. Dr Felice Schnoll-Sussman says that coffee, tea or even hot water can stimulate the bowel and ease constipation. She is a gastroenterologist at the Weill Medical College of Cornell University and believes she has found the link between the soothing qualities and releasing a blocked up bowel, which was backed up by a study.

Dr Schnoll-Sussman told Runners World magazine that “The warm liquid acts as a vasodilator…It widens blood vessels in the digestive system and helps increase blood flow and GI activity”.

And you don’t need a caffeinated beverage to go to the loo, as just a hot drink of any type can be enough. Dr Schnoll-Sussman suggested drinking a hot cuppa and then sitting on the loo to stimulate a bowel movement: “Just the act of sitting there for few minutes can bring on the urge to go, even if you don’t feel like you have to right away”, she said.

Another technique to relieving constipation is a little bit hands on, but a study by the UCLA Centre for East-West Medicine found that 72 per cent of people found self-acupressure on the perineum – the area between the anus and the genitals – helped to ease their problem. But above all, any doctor will tell you that eating more fibre, drinking more fluid and exercising are all ways that you can ensure you don’t have constipation.

According to The World Gastrology Organisation, constipation is defined by passing fewer than three bowel movements a week; passing hard stools stools or feeling a sense of incomplete evacuation.

Do you suffer from constipation? What do you find works for you? Tell us below.

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  1. Yep! That’s true. I didn’t know there was a medical explanation for it but I do know that the business of the day gets done soon after reading the paper with a hot coffee.

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    • Leone, it’s more likely what’s in the paper than the coffee! 😉

  2. Prunes is all that’s needed.Soaked in a little water to soften ,easier to eat and then drink the juice..Nice

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    • No that is last fresh seasonal fruit and vegetables daily and drink lots of water..not tap it’s full of chemical crap..drink spring water..1 liter per 22kg of body weight per day. . #vitalhealth

  3. Lots of water, Metamucil taken daily!!! Fruit & veggies!!!!

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    • try 2 tablespoons of slippery elm mixed with your breakfast cereal but drink plenty of water or it will have the opposite affect

  4. A mathematician will get a pencil and paper and work it out.

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  5. Prunes don’t always work for some people. I work in the aged care area and prunes work for some, kiwi fruit are excellent, and what the article suggests are all good for “stubborn movement in the bowels” lol

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    • No, prunes don’t work for me

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      • try big serving of cooked spinach with a little butter and cinnamon on top or plain yoghurt – could try it uncooked, but it does not appeal to me like that.

    • They work for some. But I’ve yet to see anyone that kiwi fruit doesn’t work for. Plus lots of water and to exercise. The movement of the body I think makes bowels move too.

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