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What are some natural stool softeners?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
Soften your stool with this simple solution: dried figs. Fig skins contain a natural laxative called cellulose, which increases water content in the stool, making it softer and easier to pass. To prepare them, soak 3 dried figs in water overnight; when soaked, they absorb water and act like mucus in the stool, keeping it soft. Take them the next morning on an empty stomach with the water they soaked in. Repeat before dinner and continue for a few weeks.

If you’re looking for another solution to soften your stool, try this unusual combination: chopped white radish and honey. It’s important to use white radishes, which look like white carrots, as they contain a special chemical that stimulates muscles in the intestines to push the stool along. A drizzle of honey on top will add some nice flavor.
This content originally appeared on doctoroz.com

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