If your digestive system is really playing up, Id therefore recommend drinking a small glass of neat aloe vera gel twice a day on an empty stomach. Once your symptoms have improved, its time to switch to the less bitter, diluted juice, which you can make by mixing nine parts water with one part aloe vera gel, taking this twice a day until you are symptom-free. Although some organic stores stock fresh aloe vera, alternative options available from chemists and health-food stores include tablets, capsules and teas. Comfrey leaf is another natural remedy for irritable bowels, albeit one that suffered a lot of bad press several years ago, when it was reported that the comfrey plants alkaloids (subparts) were capable of damaging the liver. Firstly, however, you would have to drink massive amounts of comfrey tea (one of the easiest ways of using this remedy) to damage your liver and, secondly, the leaves and stalks of the comfrey plant have been shown by researchers to be perfectly safe (its the root, which contains the highest concentration of alkaloids, that should be given a wide berth). You can make comfrey tea by adding a heaped dessertspoon of comfrey leaves to 600ml boiling water. Caffeine really aggravates this condition, so steer clear of coffee and tea while your symptoms are making life a misery, and instead calm your irritable bowel with chamomile (try to procure the flowers, which have a stronger, spicier taste than most chamomile teabags, from a good apothecary like Neals Yard), mint, ginger or lemon verbena tea. Another good remedy is lemon barley water, but not a commercially made product, which, being packed with sugar and preservatives, barely resembles the traditional drink. Having been shown how to make it (see the recipe below), Ive found it one of the best ways of soothing an upset, stressed-out bowel. A further alternative is rooibosch (red-bush tea), which comes from South Africa, served with lemon or milk. If you are constipated, youll find seeds, especially linseeds, among the gentlest of remedies. (And for the vegetarians out there, linseeds, which are also known as hemp or flaxseeds, offer one of the richest sources of the highly beneficial omega oils, which fish-eaters can also derive from such oily fish as fresh tuna, salmon and mackerel.) Although you can buy linseed oil, it tends to go off and become rancid very quickly, making sprinkling linseeds over whole-grain cereal (I include them in my toasted muesli mix) one of the most convenient ways of gleaning their beneficial omega 3 and omega 6 fatty acids. Get into the habit of having a tablespoon of linseeds each morning and drinking plenty of water, and you should soon find that youve consigned constipation to the annals of 2002. Lemon barley water Place 50g organic pearl barley or pot barley in a pan and pour over just enough water to cover it. Bring the water slowly to the boil, stirring constantly to prevent the grains from clumping together and sticking to the pan.
Good Foods for Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) With Constipation
Spread high-fiber foods throughout the day so it works better. Drink plenty of water and other noncaffeinated, noncaloric liquids/beverages throughout the day as well. Fiber works better in the intestines if there is plenty of water to go with it. To get enough fiber in the fastest and most painless way possible, try these five steps. Then enjoy the three delicious recipes at the end of this article. Recommended Related to Irritable Bowel Syndrome The 5 Quickest Ways to 25 Grams of Fiber: No. 1 — Get Those Whole Grains First, make sure you are not gluten sensitive. If unsure, stop eating gluten for three weeks and use alternatives instead (such as rice, quinoa, potato, and flax). You can get 4 grams of fiber easily with a serving of whole grains. Here are a few examples: 1 to 2 slices of whole-grain bread (depending on the brand) 1 cup of brown rice 1 1/2 to 2 tablespoons ground flaxseed (depending on the brand) 9 Reduced-Fat Triscuits No. 2 — Eat Breakfast Cereals Some cereals contain 5 or more grams of fiber per serving. Here are a few examples: 1 cup of Raisin Bran = 8 grams of fiber 1/2 cup of All-Bran = 10 grams 1 cup of Frosted Shredded Wheat Spoonsize = 5 grams 1 1/4 cups of cooked oatmeal = 5 grams No. 3 — Boost Fiber With Beans Canned bean products make it easy to eat fiber.
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