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Honey & Lemon Juice for Constipation

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Here’s a remedy that goes back generations. We can’t explain or vouch for it… but it has been popular for a long time to promote regularity. A reader shared the following:

“I have always had problems with regularity and recently I read that a teaspoon of lemon juice and one teaspoon of honey mixed in 8 ounces of warm water can act as a cure for constipation. I tried it and it worked.

“I now drink a cup of this concoction every day. I do not use the honey, because I like the tartness of the lemon. I brush my teeth immediately just in case the lemon would affect my enamel.”

Brushing your teeth is probably prudent, but rinse your mouth with water and wait at least ten minutes before brushing. Lemon juice can soften enamel temporarily and the scrubbing motion of a toothbrush at that time could damage it.

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Joe Graedon is a pharmacologist who has dedicated his career to making drug information understandable to consumers. His best-selling book, The People’s Pharmacy, was published in 1976 and led to a syndicated newspaper column, syndicated public radio show and web site. In 2006, Long Island University awarded him an honorary doctorate as “one of the country's leading drug experts for the consumer.” .

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I have had problems with constipation for quite some time… I just had surgery just over a week ago and I decided not to take my mrilax… i’ve been reading up on different things that are more natural ,yesterday I took some local honey a couple of times a day and Wala this morning it worked .Tonight I saw this site I am going to continue this honey and lemon thing maybe sometimes with some cinnamon and see if that works also . Thank you!

I was so constipated I was in agony and felt like I was going to faint. I drank room temperature organic apple juice then a glass of water with fresh lemon juice.. I was fine within an hour.

I feel like this is some very good information. Thanks for the info! I’ll definitely try these.

A small glass of prune juice WILL work everytime.

Hi, I’m a 14 year old teen and I don’t know if I’m constipated but I feel as I am and don’t go to the bathroom regularly so does the lemon juice help?

I too want to use this constipation problem solution ( honey & lemon juice with warm water ). But I don’t wanna reduce my health.. so instruct me to use this solution or not

I have been suffering with acid reflux and constipation for over 10 years, I have tried the honey and lemon in warm water it does help with the constipation but the lemon irritated the acid in the stomach. I now used t tablespoon of honey and with cinnamon powder first thing in the morning and within one hour I have a bowel movement.

2 months before I had annal fissure surgery. so plz kindly inform me, can I use honey with warm water for constipation & weight loss.

honey and lemon juice with warm water first thing in the morning does work for me like a charm for the very first day. When I started I was 175 pound after a month I saw result cause I lost 20 pound of my weight… honey, lemon juice with warm water early in the morning before breakfast.. and wait at least an hour before eat…is the key..it worked for me, it can work yofor u too…try it.

Did you follow any diet plan/exercise other than honey and lemon juice ??
What are other benefits did you notice?

WooooW WooooW I remember last week sunday after church I got into a Chinese shop and I was asking the Chinese guy about constipation tea, I bought a box of some tea called intestine & stomach soothing tea. One lady was behind me. When I left the shop she followed me, she stopped and said for constipation please use honey, lemon and brown sugar on warm water first thing in the morning. The next morning I decided to just use lemon and honey and I was free that same day. It’s been day I’m using this concoction and it works… it’s a miracle.

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