Constipation remedy: Castor oil
This home remedy for constipation has been handed down for generations. In fact, using castor oil as a laxative is one of the oil’s primary uses, according to Cleveland Clinic. For best results, take one to two teaspoons on an empty stomach and you should see results in about eight hours. Why? A component in the oil breaks down into a substance that stimulates your large and small intestines.
While you’re at it, understanding the Science of Number 2 will optimise your bowel movements and delivers vital health benefits.
Constipation remedy: Exercise
The Mayo Clinic promotes exercise as a way to increase muscle activity in your intestines. Even a daily 15-minute walk can help move food through your bowel more quickly. If you feel sleepy after a heavy meal, try to move around instead of lying down. Jump-starting the digestive process can help you avoid that painfully full feeling that often follows a large meal.
Now, discover how to eat your way to a bloat-free belly.
Medically reviewed by Dr Tia Jackson-Bey.
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