Your GI tract needs movement to stimulate activity, so when you’re lazing around, your insides may not be so active either. It doesn’t have to be an intensive workout—simply going for a walk can wake things up and get your digestive tract moving.
Water adds more bulk to the stool—giving you a nice solid mass that can better push its way through your colon and out your body.
The laxative effects of a cup of coffee are famous. The combo of caffeine and a warm liquid is the perfect recipe to get your bowels churning.
4. Dietary fiber
Insoluble fiber adds bulk to the stool, and soluble fiber pulls water into the colon. Both work together to keep us regular. Oat bran, barley, nuts, seeds, beans, lentils, peas, and some fruits and veggies are good sources of soluble fiber. Wheat bran, veggies, and whole grains are full of insoluble fiber.
Prunes are pretty much the poster children for natural laxatives. The laxative effect of sorbitol also explains why prune juice helps fight constipation even though it doesn’t have fiber like the raw fruit does.
Add ground flaxseeds to smoothies, yogurt, or even on top of fresh fruit to reap the fibrous benefits.