By Soon Chai
When you didn't take enough fiber-rich food like vegetables and fruits, drink adequate water, or exercise on a regular basis, you're likely to suffer from constipation.
That's not all. Taking certain drugs, under stressful situations, experiencing changes in your lifestyle or routine, ignoring the urge to move your bowels, abusing laxatives, having irritable bowel syndrome, traveling or hormonal changes can also cause constipation.
So, what can you do to treat constipation?
Needless to say, all you have to do is take more fiber-rich food, drink more water and exercise regularly, right?
Well, not exactly. These good eating habits and lifestyle may work for most people. But some people just couldn't move bowels smoothly or fail to pass stool at all for days even with more intake of water and fiber.
When that occurs, you need something really powerful to override whatever that stops you from loosening bowels. And that would be coconut oil.
Some people mistakenly thought that coconut oil causes constipation. It actually cures constipation instead. In fact, eating coconut oil is the best natural home remedy that helps to relieve difficulty in passing stool or infrequent bowel movements.
Thanks to its abundant amount of medium-chain fatty acids (MCFAs), which is the secret for constipation relief. That's because MCFAs can help to soften your stool.
Not only acute sufferers get to effectively relieve their constipation, chronic sufferers find eating coconut oil good for their chronic condition too.
However, you have to be cautious about its dosage because suddenly taking too much dose can over loosen your bowels and cause the reverse diarrhea-like symptoms.
To make matters worse, there's no best dosage for different individuals. Some people after taking 1 teaspoon already can feel the bowel-loosening effect while others require at least 2 tablespoons daily. That said, how much you need for treating constipation depends on how your body reacts to the MCFAs in coconut oil and how serious your constipation is.
If this is the first time you use coconut oil for constipation treatment, I suggest that you take 1/2 tablespoon in the morning and 1/2 tablespoon during dinner (simply add into your meal) and see how it goes. For first-timer, you should never consume more than 2 tablespoons per day for fear it might give you the runs.
If you're a chronic case, you might want to start with 1 tablespoon of coconut oil and add it into your breakfast plus 1/2 tablespoon at dinner time. If you don't feel much impact, then increase to 1 tablespoon in morning and 1 tablespoon at night the following day.
Gradually up your intake until you find the best dose for relieving your constipation problem.
Unlike other remedies which are good at easing constipation and that's all there is to it, coconut oil provides amazing health benefits for you as well besides its bowel-loosening effect. When you take it on a regular basis, you'll gain even more than just improving your bowel movement.