Constipation is the most common gastro intestinal complication. It is characterised by less than three bowel movements per week, or bowel movement with dry hard stool that is difficult and painful to pass. Constipation could be as a result of inadequate water intake, poor diet, lack of or inadequate physical activity, stress or medication side effect. While it often lasts for a short period and is not dangerous, persistent constipation can be a symptom of a serious underlying condition that needs medical attention.
Besides drinking enough water, there are natural laxatives that can help relieve constipation by adding bulk and softening the stool, reducing transit time in the gut and increasing stool frequency.
They are an excellent natural remedy for constipation. Rich in soluble fibre, they help increase water content and add bulk to the stool making its passage through the gut easier. Prunes also contain antioxidants that encourage growth of beneficial gut bacteria that improves overall health of the digestive system.