Natural laxatives for better digestion

Print Friendly

Constipation is an uncomfortable digestive issue that can disrupt routines and feel unpleasant throughout the day.

There’s dozens of reasons why people might be struggling with digestive issues, but for the most part short bouts of constipation are related to diet and lifestyle.

Medication is another factor – some common medications like aluminium antacids, calcium supplements, water tablets and iron supplements can also have an impact.

A few simple lifestyle changes are typically enough to help return bouts of indigestion back to normal without the need for any prescription or over-the-counter alternatives that can have negative impacts on the body.

Here’s a list of remedies to try that will act as natural laxatives:

  • Drink more water – Dehydration leads to constipation, so be sure to drink plenty of water throughout the day and night.
  • Try exercise – Movement can literally help get things moving. Try exercising more regularly by walking or running.
  • Increase fibre – Fibre is key for good digestion, and constipation is an indicator you likely aren’t getting enough in your diet. It’s especially important for older adults. Eat plenty of high-fibre foods like lentils, beans, apples, pears, vegetables and nuts.
  • Add wheatbran – Wheatbran is another excellent natural remedy so seek out whole wheat and wholegrain breads and pastas instead of their white counterparts. Bran-based cereal delivers plenty of fibre too, as do oats.
  • Snack on dried fruit – Dried fruits like figs, apricots and prunes make for a delicious sweet snack and also have the added benefit of being high in fibre. Try incorporating them into your morning cereal or porridge for an extra boost.
  • Olive oil and lemon juice – Olive oil is another popular home remedy that can be used to try and help relieve constipation. Take a tablespoon of olive oil with your morning coffee or juice, drizzle it over salad or mix a tablespoon of olive oil with a teaspoon of lemon juice and drink on an empty stomach.
  • Try flaxseed oil – Like olive oil, flaxseed oil is known as a natural laxative. Try adding a tablespoon of flaxseed oil to your morning porridge or mixing it directly with some freshly squeezed orange juice. Remember natural remedies like this take several hours to have an impact, so don’t be tempted to overdo it.

Do you have any natural remedies to help aid digestion?

The following two tabs change content below.

Silversurfers Features Editor

Hello there! I’m Rachel and I’m the Features Editor for Silversurfers. I work behind the scenes to bring interesting, informative and entertaining subject matter to the Silversurfers community. I hope you enjoy the features we have shared with you. Please feel free to comment below and share your thoughts with us, we love to hear from you!

Latest posts by Silversurfers Features Editor (see all)

Not a member?

Join the silversurfers community today! It's free, easy to do, and is packed full of features and amazing offers!

Join the community!
Click here if you have forgotten your password

Community Terms & Conditions

Content standards

These content standards apply to any and all material which you contribute to our site (contributions), and to any interactive services associated with it.

You must comply with the spirit of the following standards as well as the letter. The standards apply to each part of any contribution as well as to its whole.

Contributions must:

be accurate (where they state facts); be genuinely held (where they state opinions); and comply with applicable law in the UK and in any country from which they are posted.

Contributions must not:

contain any material which is defamatory of any person; or contain any material which is obscene, offensive, hateful or inflammatory; or promote sexually explicit material; or promote violence; promote discrimination based on race, sex, religion, nationality, disability, sexual orientation or age; or infringe any copyright, database right or trade mark of any other person; or be likely to deceive any person; or be made in breach of any legal duty owed to a third party, such as a contractual duty or a duty of confidence; or promote any illegal activity; or be threatening, abuse or invade another’s privacy, or cause annoyance, inconvenience or needless anxiety; or be likely to harass, upset, embarrass, alarm or annoy any other person; or be used to impersonate any person, or to misrepresent your identity or affiliation with any person; or give the impression that they emanate from us, if this is not the case; or advocate, promote or assist any unlawful act such as (by way of example only) copyright infringement or computer misuse.

Nurturing a safe environment

Our Silversurfers community is designed to foster friendships, based on trust, honesty, integrity and loyalty and is underpinned by these values.

We don't tolerate swearing, and reserve the right to remove any posts which we feel may offend others... let's keep it friendly!

More Diet & Exercise

Moving your exercise routine indoors for winter Healthy Middle Aged Woman
Whether it’s snow or heavy rain, short mornings and long evenings, doing exercise outdoors...
Cooking with Coconut oil Coconut with coconut oil in jar on wooden background
You’ve probably heard about the rise of coconut oil as a superfood, beloved by chefs and...
Sneak in 150 minutes of exercise next week Senior Man and woman exercising with bicycles outdoors, they are
To stay healthy or improve your health as an older adult, the NHS recommends 150 minutes of...
5 foods to keep you hydrated Cucumber In Water
Water is the essence of life; we ourselves are made up of between 50 to 75% of the stuff, but with...
Treat symptoms of IBS with the FODMAP Diet Mid section of woman with stomach pain in hotel room
Up to one in five of us are thought to suffer from IBS at some point in our lives, leading to...
"Good" And "Bad" Carbs - What Does It All Mean? Granary Bread On Gray Background With Stop Sign
From banning carbs outright to distinguishing between "good" and "bad" carbs, modern diets today...
Easy ways to increase your fibre intake Collection Of Grain, Cereal, Seed, Bean
Fibre is an important part of a healthy diet, especially as we age. It helps keep our...
Clean Eating: The Basics Tasty Breakfast Of Oat Flakes
The Clean Eating trend has become a  foodie phenomenon - but unlike other fad diets that tell...
Celebrate National Vegetarian Week 2016 Heart shaped food
It's National Vegetarian Week; people across the UK are celebrating the benefits of choosing a...
Inspired by the London Marathon? Try running! Senior Couple Running
Last weekend thousands of runners took over the city of London for the annual Marathon challenge...
The benefits of Pilates on body and mind Group of senior people and young woman and men in fitness gym doing sit-ups on the floor
Exercise is important for everyone, but aerobic exercise can put a lot of strain on the heart...
Track your progress with step counters Close-up Of Hand Holding Digital Pedometer On White Background
Regular physical activity is linked to a longer, healthier life; by staying active we can help...