Honey for Constipation
Constipation is any difficulty to the bowel movements which results in dry stools or pain during defecation. It is one of the main causes of diseases like arthritis, high blood pressure, cataract, appendicitis and more. Constipation can be caused by wrong eating habits, side effects of medicines or even poisoning by heavy metals. Out of these, eating food items that are difficult to digest and overeating to an extent that the digestive system finds it hard to handle leads to frequent constipation. Constipation can be treated by increasing the intake of water, including fiber in your diet which could be dietary or supplements and using laxatives. Apart from these, constipation can also be treated with honey. Using honey for constipation is one of the many home remedies one can use. Many modern and ancient writings have mentioned that honey has a variety of healing properties which include being a mild laxative.
It has been scientifically proven recently that raw honey absorbs water and can also hold a lot of water. This combination helps honey to keep the fecal matter soft and wet when it passes through the digestive system. Hence it acts like a lubricant stimulating the bowels for the passage of fecal matter. Sugar molecules in honey can change into other sugars like fructose can change to glucose. Therefore, in spite of its large content of acid, honey can be easily digested especially by people who have sensitive stomachs. Honey helps the intestines and kidneys perform better thus helping combat constipation. Honey can be used in several ways for constipation. To begin with, buy honey that is farmed and harvested locally from clover or wildflowers. Honey that is indigenous to your area works better to fight constipation. You can either check at the local farmer’s market or special grocery stores for locally made honey. If that’s not available then you can buy clover honey from your local grocery shop. Take a tablespoon of honey three times a day.
You can also consume 10 grams of honey in the morning on an empty stomach and not eat anything for at least an hour. This will also give you relief from constipation. Make herbal tea with fresh lemon juice and honey and drink this every morning on an empty stomach to treat constipation. If not herbal tea a cup of warm water will also do. This can be done for at least a week.