By Dr. Ritu Krishnatreye, BHMS
Natural stool softener
Several medicated stool softeners can be found at your local drug store. However, these chemically-formulated stool softeners can be harsh on the body, especially when used for a longer duration.
Using a natural stool softener can help improve regularity without the worry of the adverse effects of synthetic stool softeners.
Instead of running to the drugstore for a quick-fix remedy, try these simple and natural stool softeners to relieve your discomfort.
This is an effective natural stool softener that works in two ways to relieve constipation.
Dissolve two teaspoons of Epsom salt in one glass of water or fruit juice and drink. Results may be seen within 1 to 6 hours.
Do not use if you are pregnant or have kidney disease unless approved by your doctor.
This is time approved remedy for constipation. It is for both children and the elderly.
Be careful not to take too much. Sorbitol can cause bloating, flatulence and diarrhea. The standard dose is to eat 5-7 prunes or one glass of prune juice morning and evening for effective results.
Legumes provide a nutritious way to promote digestive health and relieve constipation. Rich in proteins and carbohydrates, legumes also provide good amount of soluble and insoluble fiber.
Fiber adds bulk to stool and helps to hold in moisture. This contributes to smooth and soft stools. So go ahead, include some peas, lentils and beans in your diet.
Rich in omega 3 fatty acids, flaxseeds work in multiple ways to relieve constipation.
Use a coffee grinder to mill a tablespoon or two of flaxseeds, then either stir it into water and drink, or sprinkle it over your food. Results are usually seen in six to eight hours. For best results, drink plenty of water throughout the day.
Derived from gel-coated seeds of an herb called Plantago ovate, Psyllium husk is a commonly used home remedy to soften stools.
Dissolve a teaspoon of psyllium husk in a glass of water and drink.
This sea mineral supplement contains 422 mg of magnesium in a single teaspoon dose.
Magnesium is a natural stool softener that works by drawing water into the colon. Hard, dry stool is softened, plus the added moisture in stool makes it more slippery, making it more pleasant to pass.
The best part is that magnesium is a needed nutrient that may result in numerous health benefits.
The sea minerals also contain a host of trace minerals that are also needed by the body.
Constipation may be something that people like to keep to themselves. However, it is important to seek help when this health condition is impeding day to day activities.
Most of the above natural stool softeners that can be found in your kitchen or grocery store. If these remedies don’t work, consult your doctor.