There are many natural remedies for constipation and an easy and pleasant way to combat it is to consume those foods that facilitate intestinal transit every day.
In this article we propose some smoothies against constipation that you can drink at any time of the day and which, among the many benefits, will help improve your intestinal functions.
Smoothies are more beneficial than juices
Although natural juices and juices are great for our health and are high in vitamins and minerals, they are not suitable for fighting constipation.
In fact, it is better to opt for smoothies, as these contain the fibers of the fruit which, in the case of juices, are lost.
It is for this reason, for example, that smoothies satisfy us much more than juices. We can therefore drink them for breakfast or as a snack, a healthy and delicious way to avoid excessive use of sugars and refined flours.
Honey: a touch of sweetness
If you want to sweeten smoothies, don’t use white sugar: a real poison for our body.
Instead, choose a natural sweetener that, in addition, has laxative properties: acacia honey.
If you can’t find acacia honey, you can choose any other type of honey or a natural fruit molasses (for example apple or pear) or cereals.
Kefir and dried plums
Kefir is a fermented yogurt that has all the benefits of classic yogurt and a few more advantages: it is digested more easily because it contains less lactose and, being a fermented food, it improves our intestinal flora.
Kefir can be purchased ready-made or you can make it yourself using the kefir and milk ferments.
Prunes, in addition to being rich in calcium and excellent for preventing osteoporosis, are rich in fiber and have been considered one of the best remedies for constipation since ancient times.
Before using them, we advise you to let them soak overnight.
Oats and dates
Unlike rice drinks, which slightly promote constipation, oat drinks are rich in mucilage, an excellent fiber against constipation.
For this smoothie you can use an oat drink or a tablespoon of rolled oats left to soak in hot water for a couple of hours.
Dates, like most nuts, contain a large amount of fiber and are also a source of vitality, which makes this smoothie great to drink for breakfast.
The oats will make the smoothie creamy and the dates will sweeten the drink.
Apple and kiwi
The apple is used to combat both constipation and diarrhea. The secret lies in its peel, the part of the fruit richest in fiber.
However, in order to add the peel to smoothies, you must use organic apples grown without the use of pesticides.
You can use raw or cooked apple, which will make its flavor stand out even more.
Kiwi is another fruit traditionally ingested on an empty stomach for its laxative properties.
Yogurt and figs
Yogurt is a viable alternative if we cannot find or prepare kefir, even if it contains less enzymes.
However, it must be as natural as possible and without sugars, sweeteners, colors or artificial flavors.
Figs, both fresh and dried, are packed with fiber and are also natural sweeteners perfect for adding to this delicious smoothie.
Hazelnuts and flax seeds against constipation
Finally, let’s talk about the dried fruit and seeds richest in fiber and which, for this reason, you can blend together with a vegetable drink of your choice.
In addition, hazelnuts help regulate blood sugar levels. Some diets include hazelnut milk, which tastes great and combines great with a little cocoa.
Flax seeds should be left to soak overnight to release mucilage. Also add any leftover water to the smoothie.
The proportions for the smoothie are: a handful of hazelnuts for each teaspoon of flaxseed.
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