Rather than downing manufactured laxatives, why not turn to Mother Nature for help?
Whether you’re suffering from constipation or trying to cleanse your body, natural laxatives are aplenty around us. Any food that has a high fibre or water content such as whole grains and fruits are considered as natural laxatives. Another category would be the foods that contain yoghurt or aloe vera properties.
Below are natural laxatives which can be consumed for overall well being. Do note that as with any laxatives, you should observe caution when consuming them to prevent problems such as dehydration.
Rich in potassium and has many medicinal properties. Papaya can help you to naturally detox the body, boost energy and promote digestive health. It has natural enzymes to help balance stomach acid for healthy digestion.
Great for promoting easy digestion, banana contains high fibre and a natural bulk-producing laxative. Eating a banana a day can also help restore valuable electrolytes to the intestinal tract as it has high potassium.
The high pectin levels can help stimulate the bowels and provide bulk for bowel movements. If you want something stronger, try apple cider vinegar. Add a spoonful to a glass of water and drink it in the morning.
Great to start your day with this fruit as it is one of the easiest foods to digest. Melons go straight to the intestines when consumed and if they are held up in the stomach by other foods, the fruit will decompose quickly and ferment itself.
This is known as nature’s laxative for a reason. Prunes as naturally rich in antioxidants, vitamin A, potassium, iron and dietary fibre. It also has beneficial bacteria that are good for the intestines thus it is a great addition to any colon cleansing diet.
This medicinal plant is filled with gel which makes up of approximately 99% water while 1% contains over 75 known nutrients including minerals, vitamins, amino acids, enzymes, phytonutrients and even more water. Thus, aloe vera juice can provide quick relief to constipation.
Lemons, Oranges, Lime
The fruits under the citrus family are regarded for their acidity and the greatest detoxification power. These fruits can aid the body in flushing out toxins and jump start the digestive tract with enzymatic processes. The high Vitamin C content helps transform toxins into digestible material.
This veg is high in pectin which can add bulk to stool and stimulate bowel movements. Carrots are also known as natural body detoxifiers.
Naturally high in antioxidants and contain vitamin E & C, potassium, folic acid and fibre. Onions help relieve congestion and allergy symptoms while reducing cholesterol. Plus, they can remove heavy metals from the body, and help fight cancer of the lungs, bladder, ovaries and breast.
You just need a small amount of this pungent bulb to help your body flush out toxins. Garlic has high content of allicin and selenium, two natural compounds that aid in liver cleansing. These are also good to activate the liver enzymes.
Regular consumption of these two vegetables help increase the amount of glucosinolate in the system which aids enzyme production in the liver. These natural enzymes work to flush out carcinogens, and other toxins from the body.
Similarly to broccoli and cauliflower, eating cabbage can also help flush out toxins and soften the stool during bowel movements. Experts advised to consume more kimchi, coleslaw and cabbage soup.
Has many benefits including improving digestion and bowel function, relieve pain and irritation caused by haemorrhoids, reducing inflammation and support tissue healing/repair. Best to consume the organic raw unprocessed extra virgin coconut oil.