Constipation can be one of the most irritating and difficult to solve health problems out there, and while there are many medical methods for curing this problem, most of them contain hard to pronounce chemicals that do you more harm than good. This is where olive oil comes in handy. Due to its antioxidant content and laxative properties, it can provide health benefits to almost all of the organs involved in digestion, helping to solve constipation issues.
How Olive Oil affects your digestive system
Using olive oil to aid in digestion is not a new thing. In a study conducted in 2006, 4.4% of the population had bowel movement habits consistent with constipation. It was also found that close to 98% of the same sample who defecated more than 3 times a week had a high intake of EVOO.
This can hardly be seen as a coincidence since olive oil is known to provide protection to almost all of your most important digestive organs. In effect, EVOO has a double effect: It both helps cure the problem but also prevents damage from occurring during the period in which you have constipation.
In terms of the exact effect that Olive Oil has in each organ, there is a lot of variation. In the colon, an organ that is key to preventing constipation, olive oil helps prevent the mucus layer, but in the stomach, olive oil helps to keep H. plyori, a bacterium that can cause stomach ulcers and stomach cancer, at bay. Therefore, although it can be used primarily for constipation, olive oil is also nutritive and brings multiple benefits to your whole gastrointestinal apparatus.
How to use EVOO to fight constipation
To fight constipation with olive oil, simply increase your dietary uptake through salads, toast, and any recipe that includes the oil. When attempting to use olive oil in this way, however, you must make sure of a few things.
The oil must be extra virgin olive oil (EVOO). This is because of the lack of processed fats found in this kind of oil. EVOO is also much richer in the helpful antioxidants which help fight constipation.
It should be organic because most toxins are liposoluble. This means that they’ll only dissolve in fats. It is a danger that non-organic olive oils may absorb all of the toxins sprayed on them during the growing process. Luckily olive oil is an outlier among most oils, in that it stays stable when heated, this means that even if cooked, the olive oil will retain all of its vitamins and antioxidants. We recommend you attempt to use olive oil in most meals you eat, whether during the cooking process, or as a dressing for a salad, or other dishes.
Cooked meals or not- you choose. Luckily olive oil is an outlier among most oils, in that it stays stable when heated, this means that even if cooked, the olive oil will retain all of its vitamins and antioxidants. We recommend you attempt to use olive oil in most meals you eat, whether during the cooking process, or as a dressing for a salad, or other dishes.
In order for it to be as effective as possible, take at least one tablespoon of olive oil in an empty stomach. You can mix it with lemon juice if you find the flavour to be too strong.
The video below gives some further information on how to battle this nuisance using olive oil:
Olive oils health benefits in the prevention and treatment of constipation are great, the high levels of antioxidants can have outstanding positive effects on your digestive organs, helping to heal them, as well as prevent future damage.
Don’t forget- Olive Oil, in reasonable amount, can also be digested by dogs, which means that it is also a great remedy for your furry friends. Add a spoon or two to their diet if they are struggling with constipation.
If we’ve conviced you to use olive oil in your fight for better digestion, here are few suggestions on oils we like:
Please let us know in the comment box if you’ve used this method- It’s great to hear results from real people and we at Olive Oil uses will definetly attempt this method next time we have digestive issues.
Olive oil has a host of benefits, and it is our mission to document them all, so if you’re interested in a complete list, check out our master post with all EVOO uses.