You shouldn’t take part in any strenuous sport when suffering from painful constipation, but light exercise helps to stimulate the digestive system and get your bowels moving .
So feel free to start off gently: do a little gymnastics by an open window, go for a walk or take a short bike ride.
To test the effects, it’s best to start with a small glass and wait to see the results. If the desired effect has not occurred after one or two hours, you can always drink another glass.
Thereafter, it’s best to wait until the next morning, as prune juice sometimes takes effect with a little delay.
The combination of cellulose, sugar and organic acids makes grapes a natural and mild laxative that can help ease tension in your bowels and avoid constipation.
Seedless varieties are usually specially grown containing more sugar. Go for grapes with seeds instead, and eat the whole fruit, including skin and seeds.
High-quality olive oil is a natural and healthy lubricant for your digestive system. But don’t overdo it: one to two tablespoons of virgin olive oil is enough.
That will stimulate the mucus membranes in the gut, get your digestion moving and can help loosen constipation.
Whether it’s prunes, figs or apricots: dried fruit gets your digestion moving. Just a handful of figs, for example, provides about a quarter of your daily requirement of fibre.
When constipated, eat a few pieces of dried fruit every three hours and – this is very important – accompany them with a glass of water.
The laxative effect of watermelons develops best when they are eaten in half and on an empty stomach.
So the best option is to treat yourself to half a watermelon for breakfast on a regular basis. Make sure you buy varieties with seeds and chew up the little black kernels.