"Prunes are perhaps the most famous natural laxative," says Dewell. "Because they are high in fiber and sorbitol, a sugar alcohol that has a 'osmotic effect' when consumed in high amounts."
"Kiwis are not just high in fiber, but their fiber is viscous and able to retain water, increasing the softness of the stools," Dewell says. Actinidin stimulates colon laxation.
"Rhubarb has been shown in some research to have a laxative effect," says Dewell, offering another alternative. Rhubarb has laxative chemicals in addition to fiber.
Dewell recommends acacia powder for constipation. It's ground acacia gum. Like psyllium, it ferments slowly and doesn't create gas or bloating.
Oats are particularly abundant in soluble fiber, which absorbs water to form a gel and makes feces softer and easier to pass since they are less bulky.
"Chia seeds are very high in fiber, especially soluble fiber, and help make stools softer and easier to pass"
"Flax Seeds also have natural laxative properties, as they contain both soluble and insoluble fiber". "Ground flax seeds seem to be more effective than when used whole."
"Jerusalem artichokes are high in inulin, a type of soluble fiber that can help promote bowel movements"
Drinking 500 milliliters every day for four weeks enhanced bowel movement frequency and consistency. Kefir, a fermented milk product, may include probiotics.
Dewell says "coffee is a stimulant that can increase motility in the gut." Many know that "drinking it in the morning can definitely help with the 'urge to go.'"
Water helps constipation. Chun says "drinking enough water can help soften stool and make it easier to pass." Nutrients found that magnesium sulfate-rich natural mineral fluids and water were laxatives.