Olive Oil Constipation Remedy
Bedtime – 2 TBSP Olive Oil
Morning – 2 TBSP Olive Oil
You simply need to take 2 tablespoons of this “liquid gold,” as it was called in the ancient Mediterranean, before bed and then again in the morning. Most will usually experience relief with this natural remedy fairly quickly but usually no more than 3 days.
What Kind of Olive Oil?
You should buy a reputable brand of organic, extra-virgin olive oil if you are able to afford it. Being organic is less important as olives are not one of the “dirtier” fruits on the list of produce with high concentrations of harmful pesticides. Extra-virgin olive oil is the highest quality form and is extracted purely by mechanical means, without chemical adulteration (solvents). This will ensure you have the most antioxidants and nutrient value while being devoid of any chemical residues.
The olive oil industry has fairly recently been exposed to be quite fraudulent. This article helps you avoid inferior olive oils determined from Consumer Reports and UC Davis studies and lists quality, “truth in labeling” worthy brands.
Why Olive Oil Relieves Constipation
One of the greatest factors that contribute to constipation is dehydration. When you are dehydrated your body draws more fluid out of your stools and leaves it dry, hard, compacted and hard to move through “the pipes,” so to speak. In addition to this, our diets are usually deficient in healthy fats. Healthy fats like olive oil provide moisture for the stool and also lubricate the intestinal walls so that it can more easily make its way through the digestive tract. Olive oil is like a natural stool softener and lubricant.
Not Just For Treatment
If you experience constipation fairly regularly many people not only use this remedy to treat their blocked bowels but also to stay regular afterwards. Olive oil is a monounsaturated fat and is one of the healthiest fats we can incorporate into our diet, so by drinking more of it you not only help your digestive health you also provide your body excellent nutrition and a great energy source.
Eating Fat Does Not Make You Fat
In case you were concerned about the fairly recent conventional wisdom that advocated a low-fat diet, this “science” is being reversed on its head. Sugar and simple carbohydrates are the real dangers in gaining weight. Actually, 25-30% of your caloric intake should come from fats – ideally good fats. Fat is the most energy dense molecule and provides your body excellent, sustained energy and stokes your metabolism for the removal of excess fat stores. If you are worried about gaining weight, worry more about simple sugars, processed food and “hidden sugars” like high fructose corn syrup.