Food & Nutrition

15 Foods That Are Natural Laxatives

Keep your digestive tract healthy with one of these foods that are natural laxatives.


WatermelonNicole Fornabaio/, iStock/hudiemm

This sweet summer treat might be one of Mother Nature’s most surprising but effective fruits to keep you regular because of its super high water content. “Watermelon is close to 99 percent water, so this is an awesome choice to keep the bowels moving,” says Libby Mills, MS, RDN, LDN, spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Water helps keep the food you eat moving through your intestines and … beyond. Find out when you should (and shouldn’t) take laxatives.

Whole grains

Whole grainsNicole Fornabaio/, iStock/Maya Kovacheva Photography

Here’s one more reason to embrace carbs and eat more bread: they’ll help you go. Whole grains like quinoa, bulgur, brown rice, whole wheat, oatmeal, and barley are high in dietary fiber, which helps soften stool so it’s easier to go, normalizes bowel movements, and may even prevent hemorrhoids.

Blueberries and strawberries

Blueberries and strawberriesNicole Fornabaio/, iStock/spafra

Your favorite jam ingredients contain a very important component of bowel health, which is pectin. “This is a type of soluble fiber that makes those cooked foods gel up as they cool,” says Mills. Don’t miss these other 11 home remedies for constipation.

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