Natural Laxatives That Work Fast For IBS-C
Thankfully, as an IBS sufferer you have many options of natural laxatives that work fast and won’t cause additional complications.
If you have IBS-C or a combination of IBS-C (constipation) and IBS-D (diarrhea), you’ve probably fallen victim in a vicious cycle.
The cycle of becoming constipated, struggling for days at a time to become regular and then right back to being constipated again.
Just the thought of that brings sheer frustration.
Plus, you’re probably not trying to endure the terrors of suppositories or drink gritty powder in what will seem like the tallest glass of water you’ve ever had to drink.
Laxatives sold in stores are very aggressive, especially for someone with IBS. they may end up irritating your gut even more.
Top IBS-C Remedies To Try!
Below are some quick remedies you can try to battle constipation.
These are much safer than using typical laxatives on the pharmacy shelves.
I highly recommend Heather’s Tummy Care products. They’re made for people with IBS!
The Heather’s Tummy Fiber is perfect for easing symptoms of IBS-C.
Fiber is important in proper digestion, without enough fiber you can easily end up with a bout of constipation.
In addition to Heather’s awesome products, the toilet stool is a popular product, it helps ease constipation by changing your position when using the restroom.
Plus, you can’t forget about things like digestive enzymes, they’re a huge help with healthy and proper digestion.
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Should You Buy Store-Bought Laxatives?
If you have Irritable Bowel Syndrome or another digestive condition, stay away from these.
Laxatives sold in stores are just too harsh for our already broken bodies.
Believe it or not, some people also become addicted to using laxatives, using them every day because they lose their effectiveness, yikes!
Using laxatives too often can result in major weight loss and other complications with your body’s normal digestion.
Keep on trucking if you’d like to see some alternatives to harsh laxatives.
Natural Laxatives That Work Fast
While there are tons of options for IBS laxatives, let’s stick with the IBS laxatives that are going to work fast.
Who has time to sit around for days and hope it goes away anyway???
Most of us have jobs, school, hobbies, friends and family to see and vacations to take.
To avoid cancelling those important plans, you’ll want that quick fix, and here are the options below.
This shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone and may even have some of you rolling your eyes.
We hear constantly that water is important to our health.
You know, that stuff that our body is mostly made up of.
Water is what I think of as a miracle worker.
Water can help with so many aches and pains, including constipation.
If you’re dehydrated or the intestines do not have enough fluid to push the waste, you will end up constipated.
This should be at the top of any natural laxatives list.
It may seem like common knowledge, but even I forget to drink enough water some days.
Are you drinking enough water?
2. Balanced Meals and Snacks
This is more of a preventative measure than a natural laxative, but it’s worth mentioning.
Don’t scarf down 4 pieces of pizza with a sugary soda…balance out your diet with healthier options.
If you plan on eating heavier foods like breads and meats, try balancing these with fresh fruits, vegetables, beans, or nuts (foods that will aid you in digestion, not bind you up).
Alternatively, you can space out when you’re eating and eat smaller, more frequent meals.
Life is all about balance and without balance, you will not have proper digestion.
3. Herbal Teas
You’ve got options! I could make an entire natural laxatives list with tea alone.
Some of the more common herbal teas for constipation are fennel, ginger, lemon and chamomile teas.
Keep them on hand and you’ll thank yourself later.
The heat from the hot tea is soothing alone, but Chamomile for example, relaxes the body, including our intestines.
I’m always stocked up on Chamomile tea and Heather’s Fennel Tea, which are shown below.
Fennel is an amazing digestive aid.
I also recommend Heather’s mint tea for IBS, I use mint a lot for IBS cramps and bloating.
Mint tea is delicious and a great constipation aid! It relaxes the muscles of the gut.
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4. Abdominal Massage
You can massage the abdomen around the intestinal region to help things get moving.
I recommend circular motions, moving in the same path that the large intestines do.
If you’re unsure of where the large intestines are throughout the body, they are directly below the stomach in the photo to the right (the larger of the two intestines pictured).
Spend several minutes massaging this area.
Bananas are loaded with potassium.
Andrew French of SF Gate wrote that “Potassium is particularly important for muscle contraction, according to the University of Maryland Medical Center”.
IBS is a disorder where our intestinal muscles contract too quickly or too slow, causing constipation, diarrhea or both.
Bananas can help ease constipation fairly quick.
I eat a banana every day to prevent complications of the G.I. tract, such as constipation.
Bananas are great on their own, but I also love adding them to smoothies or you can make ice cream out of them, how cool is that??
I have yet to try this one, but people rave all over the internet about how these are great natural laxatives that work fast.
Prunes contain fiber and potassium, perfect for easing constipation.
This is one natural laxative I’ve known about long before having IBS.
It’s widely known that prunes make the perfect natural laxative for IBS.
7. Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple Cider Vinegar may be your best option for natural laxatives that work fast (it’s quick!).
This is also a versatile product as well as affordable. Did you know you can also use apple cider vinegar for acid reflux symptoms?
On top of digestion, it makes a good natural hair rinse.
Home Remedies for Life provides some great ways to use Apple Cider Vinegar for constipation as well as reminding you not to take this in excess.
It’s a great option because it can be taken in water or you can cook with it.
I know not everyone can stomach plain old ACV, so don’t fret.
I was a little hesitant with this one and I’d only recommend you use this as a last resort.
This option may seem contradictive, as it’s usually a known fact to avoid coffee if you have IBS.
Coffee is truly one of the natural laxatives that work fast (even if you don’t need a laxative), you should be careful with this one.
Coffee can also cause diarrhea. Don’t go overboard with it.
But coffee is a stimulant to the gut, which means, it can get things moving.
If you’re desperate for constipation relief, maybe you can give this one a go.
Photo Credit 1: By Owl Drug Company at Wikimedia
Photo Credit 4: By Steve Hopson