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What are good homemade laxatives that are all natural?

What are good homemade laxatives that are all natural?

Fiber: Fiber is the all natural laxative, whether it be in frutis( apples and pears are high in pectin) grains, or supplement. ...Read more

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Black coffee a natural laxative?

Black coffee a natural laxative?

Yes: Coffee is indeed a natural laxative as the caffeine in coffee is a stimulator of smooth muscle, which is found throughout the intestines. ...Read more

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Is coconut water a natural laxative?

Is coconut water a natural laxative?

Agree w Dr. Lipton: Due to it’s osmolarity, coconut water is used in some tropical areas to replace fluid losses due to diarrhea. It contains potassium, calcium, iron, magnesium, zinc & manganese. Coconut water is not a laxative. ...Read more

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What are some laxative foods for constipation?

What are some laxative foods for constipation?

The best: The best meds for constipation are cheap: proper diet and proper fluid intake. Eat a high fiber diet and you don't need fiber supplements. Drink 80 - 100 ounces of non alcoholic, non caffeniated fluids every day. You must break bad habits if you want any relief. There is no magic pill that can replace a helathy lifestyle! ...Read more

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What can cause bad constipation-help! should I try natural laxatives?

What can cause bad constipation-help! should I try natural laxatives?

Change your diet and: Fluids. Eat a high fiber diet between 20-25 grams per day, regular meal times and drink 80-100 oz of caffeine free alcohol free fluids daily. If you exercise and should add 20 oz per 30 minutes of strenuous exercise. Some meds contribute to constipation so take the meds with full glass of fluid instead of a sip in addition to the above recommended fluids. ...Read more

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What are some excellent and safe natural laxatives apart from the habits of eating healthy, lots of water etc etc?

What are some excellent and safe natural laxatives apart from the habits of eating healthy, lots of water etc etc?

Magnesium: If you do not have underlying kidney dysfunction, magnesium can be of help. Since we often eat processed foods, it is not uncommon to have deficiencies in this important mineral. Renal disease, severe diarrhea, or anti-hypertensive drug therapy may deplete natural stores of this mineral. Sources include spinach, tofu, pumpkin seeds, kelp and others. Best wishes! ...Read more

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Which juices and foods can you use as a stool softener/laxative?

Which juices and foods can you use as a stool softener/laxative?

Constipation: Pure fruit juices especially prunes, pears, peaches, etc are good stool softeners. Foods rich in fiber include whole grain cereals with added bran, fruits eaten with their skin, vegetables like cooked beans, lentil, etc. And tree nuts. Increased water intake will fulfill the purpose. ...Read more

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Is it common to have food cravings or be hungry in general when using a laxative (Dulcolax)?

Is it common to have food cravings or be hungry in general when using a laxative (Dulcolax)?

Hunger: ^'ed appetite/ food craving is not listed as a side effect on Drugs.Com. Use of this type of laxative could lead to' nausea, cramps, griping, and/or faintness' as well as 'Diarrhea, GI irritation, and fluid and electrolyte depletion' ...Read more

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How do I get semi regular bms when on narcotics or aleveate some of the constipation? Natural options? What laxatives are better than others?

Hydrate!: Make sure you drink plenty of water, remember any fruit that starts with a "p" help you have a bm, peaches, plums, pineapple etc. Try to get some exercise, as you are allowed to. And consider magnesium as a stool softener. Check with your doc! ...Read more

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I heard some cultures take 2 or 3 tablespoons of flax seeds with hot water as a natural laxative. Is that safe to do? How about daily for fiber?

I heard some cultures take 2 or 3 tablespoons of flax seeds with hot water as a natural laxative. Is that safe to do? How about daily for fiber?

Flax seed: Flax seed is indeed an excellent source of fiber, whether eaten whole on cereal or salad or washed down with water. Some recommend the ground form to enhance absorption of nutrients—omega 3's & lignans, which, when converted by body into phytoestrogens, may help prevent breast, colon, & prostate cancer. Fiber can help reduce cholesterol levels. If you have diverticulosis, be careful with seed form. ...Read more

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Is bulimia only when you throw up your food, or can it be with laxatives too?

Is bulimia only when you throw up your food, or can it be with laxatives too?

Refers to vomiting: Although both bulimia and laxative use are a form of purgatives, self induced vomiting is called bulimia, while laxative use is considered part of the binge/purge cycle. Btw, excessive exercise fits into the "purge" category too. ...Read more

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Why is bad take laxatives (even natural ones like senna tea) when you have your period?

Laxatives: It is not necessarily "bad" to take laxatives when menstruating, as most commercial laxatives are gentle and do not cause a problem if constipation is present. Many women feel bloated with the onset of their period, which is not caused by constipation, but is simply reaction to the lower levels of hormones at the time of your period. Unnecessary use of laxatives can irritate your intestines. ...Read more

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I have tried taking senna laxative aswell as lactilose but neither seemed to work, i'm taking prednisolone but finding it very hard to digest my food.

I have tried taking senna laxative aswell as lactilose but neither seemed to work, i'm taking prednisolone but finding it very hard to digest my food.

Not sure: Constipation may be different from hard to digest food. Prednisolone can cause stomach pain and ulcers, heartburn. For constipation, you can try non-prescription MiraLAX (polyethylene glycol) powder, as well as milk of magnesia, docusate suppository, fleets enema, or check with your doctor about other prescription options. ...Read more

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Upper part of tummy extends, constipation daily. Bm never happens naturally only by induction with laxative. In liquid form. What could be the problem?

Laxatives: Many times chronic use of laxatives bide their own usage - that is the more you use them the more you need them. Unfortunately it can become serious enough that you need to see a GI specialist or at least a good family dr to see your way through this problem. ...Read more

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I just had a surgical abortion on 10/21. How soon can I take a natural laxative like Smooth Move tea to relieve constipation & bloating?

I just had a surgical abortion on 10/21. How soon can I take a natural laxative like Smooth Move tea to relieve constipation & bloating?

Now: I would however "defer" to your own treating GYN for the answer to this question..a simple phone call (or email) to that Provider only takes a moment.... Hope this is helpful BE WELL! Dr Z ...Read more

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My four year old has pain after eating, no suspected food allergies. Tried laxatives but no help. She has also been having a lot of accidents too.

My four year old has pain after eating, no suspected food allergies. Tried laxatives but no help. She has also been having a lot of accidents too.

Sounds like : she is suffering from chronic constipation causing the "accidents" as in fecal soiling. Need to discuss with your pediatrician - make sure she does not have urinary tract infection also. Increase fluids, fibers, fruits ,water and take laxatives every day to avoid fecal impaction, blood in the stools, recurrent abdominal pain.Good luck! ...Read more

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Hard bump in center of abdomen. No food in 2 weeks. Not constipated taking laxatives. Celiac disease for 12 years. Pains in chest when I push on it?

Hard bump in center of abdomen. No food in 2 weeks. Not constipated taking laxatives. Celiac disease for 12 years. Pains in chest when I push on it?

See doctor now: No food for 2 weeks but why taking laxative without constipation? Your problem does not appear to be related to Celiac disease if you have been avoiding gluten. You need to be examined by your doctor ...Read more