Constipation is classified as irregular or difficult bowel movements and can lead to a blocked colon due to impacted feces. Symptoms of constipation include discomfort in the lower abdomen, fatigue and inability to pass gas or stool. Causes of constipation are many and include lack of sleep, poor diet, not enough water, medications and even hormones. Treatment of constipation is a big business in the United States, and there are numerous products to choose from. But treating constipation does not have to be expensive and can be done with lemons and water. Water is a natural lubricant that softens stool and promotes evacuation of the bowels. Lemon juice has a high acid content and works on the digestive system to get things moving. Together, these make a powerful antidote for constipation.
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Search the refrigerator for water and lemons, as these are two common household items. If none is at hand, purchase purified water and some lemons from a grocer. Organic or health food stores are another option if one wants the purest of ingredients and is willing to pay a little extra for them. Leave the water sitting out or put it on top of the fridge to get warm or to room temperature.
Pour a glass of the purified water and squeeze the juice from half a lemon into the glass. Mix and drink before bed. The mix will help loosen fecal matter during sleep. Healthberth.com recommends drinking lemon water on an empty stomach.
Drink another glass of lemon water upon waking and attempt a bowel movement. This drink can be taken twice a day until regular bowel movements ensue and can be taken even without constipation as a preventive measure. Wellsphere.com suggests having the lemon water before anything else is consumed in the morning.
If the constipation persists for a prolonged period, check with a doctor, advises the National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse.