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Relief at Last! 13 Smoothies for Constipation

Let's face it. No one likes to talk about it, but we all get constipated sometimes. And while an occasional bout of constipation may be an aggravation, it's estimated that around 16% of all adults and over 30% of adults aged 60 and above deal with chronic constipation—an often painful and potentially dangerous condition. So if you're dealing with occasional constipation issues or battling a chronic problem, we've got some tips that are guaranteed to help you get your digestive system back on the road to regularity. And, if you're looking for fast relief that tastes great and is good for you too, we've also got 13 of the best smoothies for constipation relief. 

So are you ready to poop like a normal person again? Then let's go!

What Causes Constipation?

While constipation can be caused by medications (a growing problem with the current opioid epidemic), muscle or nerve damage, underactive thyroid, or intestinal blockage, most cases are simply the result of the way we live our lives today.

Before the advent of the Industrial Revolution and the developments it brought to agriculture and chemistry, most people lived on farms and grew their own food. And that food was grown organically and eaten in its whole form.

But when agriculture became industrialized, chemicals became more prevalent, and people started working in offices and buying their food in grocery stores, and foods became less whole and more processed.

In fact, it's now estimated that Americans receive more than half of their daily calories from processed foods. And these foods are notoriously high in sugar, saturated fat, salt, additives, and GMOs and low in fiber and other nutrients.

When you combine this with the fact that many people drink more sugary sodas than water and get no more exercise than what it takes to walk from the sofa to the kitchen, it's no wonder there's a veritable constipation epidemic.

So how do you break the cycle of constipation and get on the road to better colon health—without relying on harsh laxatives?

How Can You Prevent Constipation?

Hidden in the previous section is the secret to ending constipation.

Instead of a soda-filled, sedentary lifestyle dependent on processed foods, it's time to ditch the sugary soft drinks, get off the couch, and transition to a diet full of fresh fruits and veggies, whole grains, lean meats if your diet allows, and healthy fats.

And to make this move to a healthier lifestyle even easier, we offer up these 13 smoothies for constipation. Not only are these natural laxatives so much better (and safer) than the harsh laxatives you find in your local grocery store, but they're also chock-full of healthy whole foods to help balance your body inside and out.

13 Smoothies for Constipation

When it comes to relieving constipation, few remedies are as tasty as these 13 tasty—and super easy—smoothie recipes.

1. Belly Bliss Smoothie

What better way to kick off our smoothie list than with this fiber- and antioxidant-rich belly bliss smoothie. It's good for you and tastes great too!

Belly Bliss Smoothie

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 cup blueberries
  • 1 banana, frozen
  • 1 cup coconut milk
  • 1 tablespoon cacao nibs
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • Dash of vanilla extract

 INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Place all ingredients in your blender of choice and puree until smooth.

 

2. Double Milk Vegan Smoothie

Get your digestive tract humming with our vegan milk smoothie. Not only are coconut and almond milk less likely to cause constipation, but the addition of mango and peach adds a healthy dose of fiber too.

Double Milk Vegan Smoothie

INGREDIENTS

  • 1/2 cup mango, frozen
  • 1/2 cup peach chunks, frozen
  • 1/2 cup coconut milk
  • 1/2 cup almond milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric

 INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Place all ingredients in a Vitamix, NutriBullet, or other blender of choice and puree until smooth.

 

3. Clean Sweep Smoothie

Nourish your gut and help prevent constipation with this potent green smoothie from For a Digestive Peace of Mind.

Clean Sweep Smoothie

INGREDIENTS

 INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Place all ingredients in a Vitamix, NutriBullet, or other blender of choice and puree until smooth, adding water as needed.

 

4. Kid-Approved Prune Juice Smoothie

Adults aren't the only ones to struggle with constipation. Kids can have problems too. But good luck trying to get your kids to drink prune juice. Prunes aren't called nature's laxative for nothing. Rich in insoluble fiber and the natural laxative sorbitol, prunes are one of the best remedies for constipation you can find. So instead of fighting a losing battle, why not give your kids this prune juice smoothie from Scratch Mommy?

Kid-Approved Prune Juice Smoothie

INGREDIENTS

 INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Add all ingredients to your blender of choice and puree until smooth.

 

5. Avocado Pineapple High-Fiber Smoothie with Chia Seeds

This variation on the clean sweep smoothie includes both banana and the option to add MiraLAX if constipation is particularly acute. The recipe comes to us from Confessions of an Overworked Mom.

Avocado Pineapple High-Fiber Smoothie with Chia Seeds

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 cup water or pineapple juice
  • 1/2 frozen ripe banana
  • 1/2 avocado
  • 1 cup pineapple
  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds
  • MiraLAX (optional)

 INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Add all ingredients to a blender and puree for approximately 35 seconds or until smooth.

 

6. Poop Smoothie for Constipation

While not the most appetizing name for a smoothie under the sun, this recipe from Slap Dash Mom tastes better than it sounds—and it promises to make those bowel movements a little more pleasant too.

Poop Smoothie for Constipation

INGREDIENTS

  • 1/2 to 3/4 cup juice of choice 
  • 1 cup ice
  • 1 large apple
  • 1 orange
  • 5 strawberries
  • 2 spears pineapple
  • 1/2 cup oats

 INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Place all ingredients in a NutriBullet, Vitamix, or other blender of choice and puree until smooth.

 

7. Constipation Relief Smoothie

This fragrant recipe from Blender Authority combines the laxative power of prunes with the probiotics of yogurt to create a smoothie to relieve constipation and reset your digestive tract.

Constipation Relief Smoothie

INGREDIENTS

  • 3 whole plums or 6 pitted prunes
  • 1 cup organic apple juice 
  • 1 cup plain yogurt
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • Pinch nutmeg

 INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Place all ingredients in your blender of choice and puree until smooth.


8. Constipation Relief Smoothie, #2

With a whopping 27 grams of fiber—more than a full day's supply—this recipe from Vibrant Healthy Happy has enough dietary fiber to make any colon happy.

Place all ingredients in your blender of choice and puree until smooth.

Constipation Relief Smoothie, #2

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 cup raspberries
  • 1 kiwi
  • 2 teaspoon flaxseeds
  • 1 apple
  • 5 dates
  • 5 prunes
  • 1 tablespoon honey or agave syrup
  • 1/2 cup rice milk

 INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Place all ingredients in a Vitamix, NutriBullet, or other blender of choice and puree until smooth.


9. Awesome Aloe Vera Smoothie

This recipe from Healthy Smoothie Headquarters uses the laxative powers of aloe vera to give this healthy smoothie an extra kick.

Awesome Aloe Vera Smoothie

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 cup almond or coconut milk
  • 1 medium aloe vera leaf, filleted
  • 1/2 cup fresh or frozen blueberries
  • 1/2 cup fresh or frozen mango chunks
  • 1/2 tablespoon coconut oil
  • 1 handful fresh basil
  • Honey or maple syrup to taste

 INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Place all ingredients in your blender of choice and puree on high until smooth.


10. Probiotic Smoothie

One of the best ways to support digestive health is to support the good bacteria that live within the gut. And with its probiotic-rich kefir as well as chia seeds, which contain large amounts of soluble fiber—the food good bacteria need to survive—this recipe from Copy Me That can help you do just that.

Probiotic Smoothie

INGREDIENTS

  • 1/2 cup apple cider
  • 15 coconut water ice cubes
  • 1 frozen mango, cubed
  • 1/2 frozen banana
  • 1 cup plain kefir
  • 1 tablespoon raw honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon chia seeds
  • Dash cinnamon
  • Dash nutmeg

 INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Place all ingredients in your blender of choice and puree until smooth.


11. Unstopper Smoothie

If you're looking for something a little more high-powdered, the probiotics and fiber content in this second offering from Copy Me That should be just the ticket.

Unstopper Smoothie

INGREDIENTS

  • 6 prunes
  • 1 cup organic apple juice
  • 1 cup crushed ice
  • 1 cup plain acidophilus yogurt
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • Pinch nutmeg

 INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Place all ingredients in Vitamix, NutriBullet, or other blender of choice and puree until smooth.


12. Bring the Beet In

This recipe from Vibrant Happy Healthy uses the liver-cleansing properties of beets to help speed relief of constipation.

Bring the Beet In

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 apple
  • 2 carrots
  • 1 small beet
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 1 orange
  • 1 tablespoon agave syrup
  • 1/2 cup almond milk

 INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Place all ingredients in Vitamix, NutriBullet, or other blender of choice and puree until smooth.

 

13. Green Smoothie for Constipation

If you want to start your day right, try this final recipe from Vibrant Happy Healthy. With over half a day's supply of fiber, you'll be well on your way to building a happy and healthy colon.

Green Smoothie for Constipation

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 cups baby spinach
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 apple
  • 1 carrot
  • 1 tablespoon flaxseeds
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 1 cup pineapple
  • 1/2 cup almond milk

 INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Place all ingredients in your blender of choice and puree until smooth.

 

Oh So Smooth

By following the tips in this article and adding these smoothies for constipation to your wellness plan, you'll not only reap the health benefits associated with a whole foods diet, but your digestive system should also become stronger and happier. And that can't help but increase your overall health and well-being too. 

However, if changes to your diet and lifestyle fail to relieve your constipation, then you should speak with a qualified health care provider to investigate other possible causes.

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