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Constipation can be uncomfortable, as well as painful. If you’ve ever suffered from constipation (and who hasn’t?), then you know! The good news is that relief is within reach – and not by resorting to expensive or harsh over-the-counter methods. Keep reading for some natural ways to relieve constipation.

There are many reasons why people become constipated. The main reasons fall under bad eating habits and lack of exercise.  For instance, eating certain kinds of foods such as large amounts of cheese or meat can block your bowels.

Lack of water or other fluids is another big contributor to constipation. Certain medications can result in a change in your bowel movements. Even something as simple as not chewing your food enough can cause you to get “stopped up.”

Have no fear! There are many home remedies to help you ease constipation safely and effectively:

  1. Lemon and honey:  Mix two tablespoons of lemon juice and one teaspoon of honey into a glass of warm water.  Drink a glass in the morning and one at night to regulate your bowels.
  2. Lime:  Try this: squeeze half of a lime into a glass of hot water.  Add a teaspoon of salt.  This can be an immediate home remedy for constipation.
  3. Vegetables:  Veggies help to cleanse and regenerate your intestinal tract.  Raw spinach juice has also been known to be effective in relieving constipation.
  4. Pears:  A pear eaten after dinner or with breakfast is beneficial in treating constipation.
  5. Bael fruit:  This fruit is one of the best natural laxatives available.  It literally cleans out the intestines. Using it for a few months will help regulate your bowels.
  6. Grapes:  Grapes have been proven to help overcome constipation.
  7. Guava:  Eat guava with the seeds and it will provide roughage to your diet.  For the best results, have one or two per day.
  8. Orange juice and olive oil:  A glass filled with half orange juice and half olive oil will help clean out your intestines.  Warning:  this method doesn’t taste great, but it does do the trick.
  9. Licorice:  Real licorice has laxative qualities. and it tastes much better than olive oil!
  10. Probiotics: these good-for-you bacteria have shown promise in regulating your digestive system. You can find them as a supplement or in certain foods such as yogurt, miso or soy beverages.

And remember to drink lots of water, as dehydration can also cause constipation. Relief is right around the corner! If you suffer from constipation, try these well-known (and inexpensive) ingredients as a home remedy.