Juices for constipation

5 years ago

Juicing is a brilliant way to get extra nutrients into your diet as well as that all important fibre, particularly if you are suffering from constipation, as with the right natural ingredients you can help relieve any unwanted symptoms whilst giving yourself a health boost at the same time. 

The following juice recipes are adapted from 'Super Juice' by Michael van Straten - a brilliant book that I have been using for years and worth buying if you get into juicing as it can be used for lots of ailments, including constipation and other digestive complaints, as well as general good health for you and the family.

 

Prune-tastic

prune juice

  • 4 prunes, pitted and soaked overnight
  • 2 pears, unpeeled
  • 1 medium cooking apple, unpeeled and cored

Liquefy the prunes with 2 tbsp. water. Juice the apple and pears together and then stir in the prune juice.  If the cooking apple makes the juice too sour you can try swapping it for a normal apple next time.

This juice contains a large amount of soluble fibre from the apple and pears.  As I've discussed before, fibre is essential for constipation sufferers as it has a gentle bulking activity on the stools.  Read my post about fibre and constipation here. The prunes then work as a gentle laxative making this juice great for cleansing the system and stimulating the digestive system

Extra boost: This juice also helps support the immune system, as it's high in vitamin C.


Green apple cleanser

Green juice

  • 6 sorrel leaves
  • 2 large granny smith apples, unpeeled and cored
  • 1 lime, peeled
  • 1 spring of mint leaves
  • 1 handful of parsley

Juice all the ingredients together and serve.

This juice is great for getting your digestive system going, and also has a mild laxative effect that can help relieve any constipation symptoms.  Drink it on an empty stomach and leave for half an hour to give the juice and all it's natural sugars time to work.

Extra boost: This juice is also rich in magnesium and potassium so is a perfect post-exercise smoothie to replenish lost electrolytes.

 

Orange and mint refresher

Orange and mint

  • 4 large oranges, peeled
  • A generous spring of mint leaves

Either juice all the ingredients together, or you can juice the oranges using a manual juicer such as the Sainsbury's Citrus Juicer, which only costs £6, and then finely chop the mint and stir in afterwards.

A refreshing take on the traditional glass of orange first thing in the morning that combines the health benefits of oranges with the natural oils of mint that work brilliantly as a digestive aid and cleanser.  Oranges in particular are considered beneficial to the intestines in natural medicine as they make it difficult for bad bacteria to thrive as well as helping problems such as constipation and wind.

Extra boost: Rich in vitamin C and antioxidants, this juice will help support your immune system as well as heart and circulatory systems. 

Green goddess

Melon and watercress

  • 1 cooking apple, unpeeled and cored
  • 1/2 green melon
  • Handful of broccoli florets, without stems
  • Handful of watercress

Juice all the ingredients together and serve.

Melon is seen as a cooling cleanser in natural medicine and can help soothe digestion.  It also acts a gentle laxative and is recommended to drink once or twice a week.

Extra boost: This juice contains lots of cancer-fighting nutrients and provides the body with a good immune boost through its high mineral and vitamin content.

It is worth considering investing in a decent juicer such as the Philips Juice Extractor or an L'Equip Juicer as they allow you to juice the whole fruit (or vegetbale) and are really quick and easy to use (as well as easy to clean!), ensuring that you get the most out of your juices and reap their full benefits - especially when you leave the skin on for that constipation-busting fibre.  Once you get the hang of it you can then start to make your own combinations and use vegetables as well as fruit

For more ways to treat constipation naturally read '8 Herbs for Constipation' and 'The benefits of flaxseed'.

 

 


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