Natural Laxatives




Food rich in soluable fiber is commonly known to act as a natural laxative. Another very well-known natural aid is prune juice.

Psylium Husks are easy to obtain and are high in soluble fibers, so are another good natural remedy. Drinking plenty of water is always helpful and most fruit and many fibrous vegetables act as natural laxatives.

Some foods to try include:

Avocadoes
Almonds
Aloe Vera
Apple Juice
Brewer's Yeast (Take 1 heaping tsp of brewer's with each meal.
Broccoli
Cabbage
Chicken Broth (canned)
Chicory
Chocolate
Coconut
Coffee
Dates
Dried apricots
Endive
Escarole
Figs
Flaxseed
Garlic (raw)
Grapes
Mangos
Molasses (try 1 tsp in water)
Okra
Olives
Olive Oil
Papayas
Parsley
Peach/Apricots
Pears
Persimmons
Pineapple
Plums
Rhubarb
Soybeans
Spanish onion
Spinach (raw)
Sunflower seeds
Turnips
Walnuts
Watercress
Wheat germ

Recipes and herbals

Lemon juice in warm water or tea can be effective.

Mix 1 cup tomato juice, 1/4 cup carrot juice, and 1/2 cup sauerkraut juice and drink.

Flaxseed is a popular treatment for constipation. Take 1 to 2 tablespoons with lots of water right after lunch or dinner.

Burdock, Echinacea, horsetail and licorice all have detoxifying properties; consider adding one of these to your diet. Be cautioned that licorice can elevate blood pressure. Do not use this herb on a daily basis for more than a week and avoid it completely if you have high blood pressure.

Barberry (do NOT use during pregnancy), butternut bark, cascara sagrada can be used to flush the colon and help release waste.

Boneset (bonset), elecampane, fenugreek, and yarrow loosen and flush mucus from the intestines.

Fennel restores the acid/alkaline balance of the colon, promotes healing, flushes the colon, and releases waste.

Aloe Ferox has a beneficial effect on digestive functioning. A natural laxative that acts as a remedy for constipation, it is also widely recommended for digestive complaints and inflammatory digestive disorders like IBS and other inflammatory bowel diseases.

Senna generally acts as a stool softener, increasing the amount of water in the digestive tract and colon so constipation can be softened and expelled more easily.

Ginger and cayenne pepper are also good natural laxatives.

Taraxacum officinale (Dandelion) benefits the liver and digestive system by stimulating the release of bile from the liver and acts as a mild laxative. A rich source of vitamins and minerals, including Vitamin A, D, C, various B Vitamins, iron, lecithin, silicon, potassium, magnesium, zinc and manganese, it enhances liver and gall bladder functioning.


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