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How to Use Coconut Oil as a Natural Laxative

author image Dan Zisko
Based in California, Daniel Zisko has been a writer since 2008, penning articles for a variety of online publications. Before he started a writing career, he spent several years traveling and working as a hotel manager for several different hotel properties. Zisko holds a bachelor's degree in accounting from National University with a minor in biology.
How to Use Coconut Oil as a Natural Laxative
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One of the maladies everyone experiences but no one likes to talk about is constipation. Constipation can be caused by a number of factors like poor diet, medications, changes in lifestyle or even aging. While there is no shortage of over-the-counter medicines to combat constipation, sometimes simpler is better. Virgin coconut oil has several beneficial applications, one of which is dealing with constipation. Coconut oil speeds up metabolism, thereby cleansing your body of excess waste. Adding coconut oil to your daily routine may relieve your constipation.

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Step 1

Measure out ½ tsp. of virgin coconut oil and stir it into an 8-oz. glass of juice. Drink the entire contents of the glass. Choose a juice that is 100 percent natural, not one that is full of sugars or from concentrate.

Step 2

Repeat three to four times per day at least 30 minutes before each meal.

Step 3

Increase the dose by ½ tsp. per day until you are consuming 3 to 4 tbsp. every 24 hours. Gradually increasing the quantity will give your body time to adjust.

Step 4

Avoid processed foods, sugar and fatty meats while you are using the coconut oil, as such foods can contribute to constipation. Instead, increase your intake of fruits, vegetables and water which can all help improve digestive health.

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