3 Natural Laxatives That Will Fix Your Digestive System

Reset and rebalance your digestion with this plan.

If you've recently been eating a lot of heavy and sugary foods you might have realized that you've been having a problem in the bathroom. Constipation is an incovenient and uncomfortable problem that is very common and usually easy to fix. Fight your constipation, or prevent it from happening all together, with these natural laxative suggestions from integrative medicine physician Dr. Taz Bhatia and nutritionist JJ Smith. Whether you are constipated, bloated, or are experiencing indigestion these solutions can help. 

1. Apple Cider Vinegar 

Begin your day with a shot of apple cider vinegar. This vinegar contains a fiber called pectin that helps the good kind of bacteria grow in your gut. By drinking it on an empty stomach it can reach your gut and detox your body faster. Apple cider vinegar has a very strong flavor so, if you need to, dilute a shot in a glass of water. 

2. Chia Seeds 

Chia seeds also have a lot of fiber in them which naturally help your digestive system. It takes a long time for these seeds to go through your body, but when they do the help bring out any clogs along with them. 

3. Hibiscus

Hibiscus is not a common ingredient in our diets, which may make you a little surprised to see it on this list. However, the hibiscus flower contains acid in it that helps with your intestines. The best way to get hibiscus is through tea. Drink a hot cup at night before bed so it has ample time to soothe your system. 

If trying these, or other constipation tips, does not work for you and you are still experiencing bowel issues it's best to make an appointment with your doctor.


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