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How to Use Olive Oil to Treat Constipation

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How to Use Olive Oil to Treat Constipation
Olive oil is a safe and natural cure for constipation. Photo Credit Square glass bottle with cork, filled with olive oil image by SBB from <a href="http://www.fotolia.com">Fotolia.com</a>

It is considered healthy to have anywhere from one to three bowel movements a day, but for many this isn't the case. Constipation is a condition characterized by infrequent bowel movements that occur less than three times a week, and can be difficult or even painful. Rather than resorting to store-bought laxatives that may be harsh on your stomach, there's a much easier and more natural solution. Olive oil can be used as a safe and natural alternative for alleviating constipation.

Step 1

Take a tablespoon of olive oil with your coffee or orange juice in the morning, to help lubricate your system throughout the day.

Step 2

Drizzle olive oil onto fruits or vegetables you eat daily to lubricate your system while you are getting necessary fiber into your body.

Step 3

Take a teaspoon of olive oil with a wedge of lemon or a small cup of coffee in the evenings to help keep your system lubricated throughout the night while you sleep.

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