Constipation should not even appear in the list of health issues since it is simply a result of the kind of food we consume. Unfortunately, about 15% of Americans face this discomforting issue. It has become a common modern lifestyle problem.

The statistics show that Americans spend 3/4 of a billion dollars yearly on laxatives. However, the problem is persistent and often there are side effects such as cramps in the lower abdomen, bloody stool or imbalance of the electrolytes in the body.

Here are some natural laxatives that you can incorporate into your menu and solve your problem with natural means:

Ripe bananas

Pectin is a soluble fiber found in ripe bananas that improves bowel movement and enhances digestion. The potassium has a positive effect on the electrolytes in the intestines too. Be careful because bananas that are not ripe have the opposite effect.


This miraculous root has a very pleasant effect on the gastrointestinal system. It eases discomfort and relaxes the intestinal tract. It promotes optimal waste disposal and regular bowel movement.


The abundance of water and fiber in this sweet fruit will cleanse your intestine and make you forget all about constipation. It will rehydrate your whole body and flush all toxins out of your system.

Leafy green vegetables

The green eatable leaves of spinach and other similar veggies have strong laxative properties. The abundance of fibers and nutrients in spinach is in such a proportion that it enhances the digestion.


The pectin, found in apples improves bowel movement and adds mass to the stool. Because of this apples are one of the best laxatives for children together with plums and prunes.

In the same fashion that there are some foods that promote bowel movement, there are also foods that can cause it.

Foods and drinks to avoid in cases of constipation:

  • Meat
  • Cheese
  • Processed foods
  • Coffee
  • Tea
  • Soda drinks
  • Chocolate