It happens. You had a few days of careless eating or stress or inactivity and now you’re constipated. Here’s a solution from a common household helper…

This saline laxative for relief of occasional constipation generally produces results in one to six hours. For adults (12 years of age or older), dissolve one to two teaspoons of Epsom salt in four ounces of warm water and drink it. Take no more than two doses per day.

Caution: Epsom salt is not actually salt, but a naturally occurring pure mineral compound of magnesium and sulfate.* So the above portion shouldn’t adversely affect anyone on a salt-restricted diet. But we urge you to check with your health-care professional before trying this remedy, especially if you are taking any medications. In addition, people with kidney disease or renal failure should NOT use this remedy under any circumstances.

*Thanks to for help with this tip.

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