One of the most annoying problems that all of us can face daily is constipation. It happens when your bowel movement is not regular and it does not empty the waste in your colon hence it might cause uncomfortable feeling or even upset stomach if it is not treated properly. Depending on the severity of constipation, most of the time it is can be treated at home with natural home remedies and continuous high in fiber diet.
Many of our ancestors have believed that papaya is one of the best folk medicine for constipation. It is not unreasonable, because as we know today that papaya is one of the fruits that contain high fiber as well as other properties that can help adults as well as babies for their constipation problem.
WHY PAPAYA IS A GOOD REMEDY FOR CONSTIPATION?
One of the reasons why papaya is such a god natural home remedies for constipation is because it is filled with papain. It is an enzyme that can be found in any types of papaya but usually the unripe green skinned papaya has the highest level of papain. The way papain works is it breaks down all the protein that you have from the meat that you consumed. Once the protein is broken down, it will be easier for your body to filter the type of protein that it needs to absorb and to get rid of the waste.
Papaya also has high insoluble fiber. While the soluble fiber will slows down your digestion, insoluble fiber will do the opposite. It will help to push the waste in your body to your colon which eventually will ease the movement of your bowel the next day. Combined with drinking enough water, this fiber will be a great help for your constipation
With its level of vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin E, and magnesium and potassium papaya also high in anti-oxidant. This property that papaya carries will help to treat the irritation also inflammation that might happen in a more severe constipation and can also cause more discomfort for the person who suffer with this constipation.
HOW MUCH PAPAYA SHOULD BE CONSUMED TO HELP CONSTIPATION?
Of course everything that is too much will not bring the best result for our body. Despite all the goodness that papaya has, consuming it too much might cause minor side effect especially for pregnant women, breastfeeding mother, as well as people who might gastric problem. However, certain amount of papaya is always recommended to be included in your daily diet.
If you want to eat ripe papaya raw, 2-3 cups of sliced papaya is always the recommended amount to help with your constipation. It is about half of normal size papaya. You can also add it to your breakfast bowl or add yoghurt to it as well as other fruits which then will give you more fiber that helps your bowel movement.
A glass of papaya juice a day can also be a great help for your constipation. However, drinking papaya juice has both plus and minus in this situation. Papaya juice is better when you think about the amount of water that is in it. High water intake surely will ease your bowel movement. However, in terms of the soluble fiber level that you have from this juice can be lower compared to when you eat papaya as it is.
HOME REMEDIES IDEA WITH PAPAYA THAT CAN HELP CONSTIPATION
Some people might feel sick after eating the same food or fruits for days. Even though the effect of eating papaya or drinking papaya juice usually is very significant and fast, however, as mentioned above it is always good to include papaya in your daily diet.
Other than eating it raw or making juice, you can also make papaya energy drink. You will need about a glass of milk and a glass of papaya, you can make it less or more depending on your need with ratio milk to papaya is 1:1. You can also add honey as natural sweetener. Put it in a blender and it is good to drink straight away. Milk will give you more energy while papaya will fill your fiber need and honey is also well known for its many benefits for your body including boosting your immune system.
Green papaya salad is another option. Many Thai restaurants nowadays have offered amazing Thai papaya salad. As also mentioned above that green papaya contains the highest level of papain enzyme, so consuming it in a salad can be a delicious way to help your constipation.
Unripe papaya juice might not be as commonly known as the regular papaya juice. It is probably because the less sweetness that green papaya has, but it is not a big mistake to try something new once in a while. You can easily peel the green papaya and sliced its flesh into your juicer and drink it after a high gluten meal, so you can have an easy bowel movement the next day.
Eating papaya is always best to do in the afternoon or as your healthy snack in the afternoon so it can give your body sometimes to digest it and to help you with your constipation afterwards.