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Senior Health: How to Relieve Constipation Naturally

Constipation is a common complaint among seniors. While there are medications that can help, many seniors don’t want to add something else to their current list of prescriptions. Natural remedies often produce the desired results without potential side effects such as interactions with existing medications. As a leading provider of at-home care Toronto families trust, Home Care Assistance offers these natural remedies for senior constipation that can easily be incorporated into your elderly relative’s daily routine for some much-appreciated comfort.

Flax Seed

Flax seed has natural laxative properties that can help complete the digestion process. A teaspoon of flax seed can be mixed with a glass of water (allowed to sit for about 2-3 hours in the fridge) and consumed before bed. It works slowly overnight, with results often occurring in the morning.

Fennel

Fennel, a pleasant smelling herb that’s part of the carrot family, has properties that encourage smooth muscle movement within the digestive tract to ease bowel movements. Fennel can be consumed as dry-roasted seeds and taken daily with warm water. Fennel can also be added to pasta and various soups for a tastier method of consumption.

Lemon Juice

The citric acid in lemon juice stimulates activity within the digestive tract to get things moving naturally. It also helps flush out toxins that can accumulate against the walls of the colon. A glass of water lightly flavored with lemon juice taken first thing in the morning usually does the trick.

Honey

For days when only a mild laxative is needed, honey is the answer. The natural moisturizing properties of honey make it an effective digestive stimulate. A few teaspoons of honey before meals are usually all that’s needed. It can also be consumed with a glass of warm water or as a substitute for sugar in a cup of tea.

Olive Oil

When it comes to constipation, olive oil stimulates the digestion of lipids (organic compounds) to facilitate digestive action. A tablespoon of olive oil in the morning can help speed things up naturally throughout the day.

For more information on senior health and wellness, contact Home Care Assistance of Toronto at (416) 488-8777. We’re a top provider of hourly, live-in, dementia, and Alzheimer’s home care in Toronto and every caregiver is expertly trained to help seniors with tasks ranging from grocery shopping to bed and wheelchair transfers. Contact us today to learn more about our services. We look forward to hearing from you.