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What are some natural ways to treat constipation?

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One natural treatment of constipation is the consumption of fiber, whether as a supplement, such as Citrucel or Metamucil, or by ingesting high-fiber foods, such as fruits, vegetables and whole grains, according to Everyday Health. Ingesting fiber also requires consuming an adequate amount of water to help move the fiber through the digestive system. Fish oil, or omega-3 fatty acid, is also a natural way to treat constipation.

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Castor oil acts as a laxative and works relatively quickly, states Everyday Health. Individuals should take it in small doses and avoid consuming it before bedtime. Some studies found probiotics, present in supplements and foods such as yogurt to be effective in treating constipation.

Certain herbs provide a natural remedy for constipation as either a bulk-forming laxative or a stimulant laxative, explains Everyday Health. Flaxseed, fenugreek and barley act as bulk-forming laxatives, while senna, Cascara segrada and aloe act as stimulants. Herbal remedies may interact with certain medication, and certain stimulant laxatives, such as aloe, may cause cramping, so it is best to consult a doctor first before attempting a herbal treatment.

The cause of the constipation affects the treatment for it, according to NHS Choices. Simple lifestyle changes, such as drinking more water to remain hydrated and exercising, can help relieve symptoms of constipation in some cases. Consuming more bulking agents, such as wheat bran, may also help naturally treat constipation.

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