Heated Prune Juice Constipation Remedy
- Pour 8-10 ounces of prune juice in to a microwave safe glass/mug/cup
- Heat in microwave for 45 seconds or until hot but still comfortable to drink.
- Drink within 5 to 10 minutes for best results
Almost everyone has heard of the old folk remedy for constipation that uses either prunes or prune juice. Some people don’t have much luck with just plain, room temperature prune juice. You wouldn’t think heating the prune juice would make that much of a difference but it does!
Most individuals who didn’t have relief by drinking regular room temperature prune juice were successful after heating up the same prune juice in the microwave for about 45 seconds.
Furthermore, people who generally have good luck with room temperature prune juice REALLY have good luck with heated prune juice. So give it a shot. It’s a simple, proven, longstanding constipation remedy that works.
What Kind of Prune Juice?
Organic prune juice, such as Lakewood brand that you can buy at many grocery stores would be ideal but any old prune juice on the shelf will do just fine.
Why Does Prune Juice Work?
The science as to why prune juice works so well to relieve the bowels is not completely understood but is believed to be primarily from higher sorbitol content and the presence of phenolic compounds (neochlorogenic acids and chlorogenic acids).
Sorbitol is a sugar alcohol that is sometimes used as a sweetener in products such as gum. Take a look at the back of a pack of gum and you’ll likely see sorbitol. Sorbitol works by drawing water into the gut which stimulates a bowel movement.
Heated Prune Juice + Butter
Use an old nurse’s trick and add a tablespoon of butter to the heated prune juice for a turbo charged prune juice laxative. Allow the butter to melt in the prune juice and stir. Drink within the 5 to 10 minutes as you would the regular remedy.
Adding butter helps lubricate the digestive tract, helping the prune juice to move things along even easier.
The discovery of a toxic chemical found in many heat prepared or fried foods called acrylamide has been found to be in prunes and prune juice. Acrylamide is not found in food in a natural state but is typically created during heating processes (during frying food in particular).
Acrylamide is a neurotoxin and a probable carcinogen according to Dr Thomas Amrein and his colleagues at ETH Zurich’s Institute of Food Science and Nutrition. (1) (2)
Prunes, black olives and dried pears and coffee were recently found to have significant amounts of acrylamide in them. An article by Dr. Ben Kim presents a table with a list of all the different foods that contain acrylamide; Top 20 Acrylamide-Rich Foods. It’s definitely worth taking a look.
I know what you’re thinking… what isn’t toxic these days? I know I personally think that a lot but we must do our due diligence as we take responsibility for our health. It’s tough educating ourselves and debating on what foods we take into our body but it’s worth it.
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Heated prune juice is a great natural constipation remedy. It is fairly mild (does not cause a lot of stomach distress) yet reliable and quick-acting for most. I wouldn’t drink prune juice every day due to acrylamide concerns but using it to treat constipation occasionally wouldn’t be something I’d be overly concerned about.
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