According to the NHS choices website, it’s estimated that around one in every seven adults and up to one in every three children in the UK has constipation at any one time. The condition affects twice as many women as men and is also more common in older adults and during pregnancy.
Working as a pharmacist, it’s a problem I see commonly and it can cause misery especially to pregnant women and new mums who are often quite limited in what they can/would like to take. Similarly, I’ve seen this issue time and time again with young children whose worried and stressed out parents have tried everything they possibly can.
Causes of Constipation
There can be a myriad of reasons for constipation to occur from poor or change in diet, lack of exercise, not enough water and ignoring the urge to go to the toilet. It can also be the side effect of certain medication. In children a fear of going to the toilet can be a common cause.
It’s important to get to the cause of the constipation and treat accordingly. The usual advice about diet, exercise and fluid intake are all very important in preventing future bouts of constipation. However, if it’s relatively quick relief that’s needed, using an incredibly natural approach with the following mixture is recommended by the NICE clinical guidelines. NICE sets standards for quality healthcare and produces guidance on medicines, treatments and procedures to healthcare professionals.
Beverley-Travis Natural Laxative Mixture
Beverley-Travis natural laxative mixture is made entirely of natural edible ingredients, so safe for the whole family. This mixture contains the dried fruits-raisins, prunes, currants, dates, figs and prune juice all blended together. It’s high in fibre and sorbitol, which not only helps prevent but also treats constipation.
The recipe for this natural laxative has come directly from the NICE guidelines and is evidenced by a study performed by Hale et al, 2007. This study shows that the Beverley-Travis natural laxative mixture, given at a dosage of 2 tablespoons twice daily, is easy to use, cost-effective, and more effective than daily prescribed laxatives at producing normal bowel movements.
Applications to Family Life
The whole family tried the mixture including my 4-year-old and 22 month old and we all thought it was delicious. It tasted like mince-pie filling. This mixture could be the perfect accompaniment to porridge or smoothies. Adding chia seeds to the porridge/smoothies or mixture alone can help aid constipation further.
Recipe for Beverley-Travis Natural Laxative Mixture.
1 cup of raisins
1 cup of pitted prunes
1 cup of figs
1 cup of dates
1 cup of currants
1 cup of prune concentrate (I couldn’t find prune concentrate so used organic prune juice from a health food store).
1) Combine contents together in grinder or blender.
2) Blend a bit at a time
As it was an extremely thick consistency I pulsed the blender every few seconds to prevent damage to the blades.
Dose: 2 tablespoons twice a day. Increase or decrease dose according to consistency and frequency of bowel movements.
Nisha Patel is the co-founder of natural health star and is a Pharmacist with over 16 years of experience. Her main interest lies within natural preventative healthcare and her focus if often prevention rather than treatment.
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