10 Remedies for Constipation

Take a Lot of Coffee

Coffee can stimulate the muscles of your gut and help relieve constipation. This effect is more pronounced when you drink caffeinated coffee. A study found that drinking caffeinated coffee helps stimulate [4] the digestive tract in the same way a meal often does.

This study reported that caffeinated coffee was 23 percent and 60 percent more effective at stimulating the gut than decaffeinated coffee and water respectively. Another study suggested [5] that the effect of caffeinated coffee was more pronounced in people with irritable bowel syndrome, where it also sometimes worsened digestive symptoms.

If you have irritable bowel syndrome, stick to decaffeinated coffee if caffeinated coffee causes you digestive discomfort.