Constipated and not sure what to do? You have a few options available to you, however, not all options are equal when dealing with the relief of constipation. You can choose to head to the pharmacy and purchase an over the counter laxative, which can often result in pain, irritability, and dehydration, or you can try eating some of the following fruits that can gently, and naturally, cure most constipation issues.Prunes: Prunes have been used to cure stomach issues for hundreds of years. They are extremely effective at relieving constipation because they are packed with soluble and insoluble fiber. Soluble fiber slows digestion in order to help your body absorb more nutrients while insoluble fiber adds bulk to your stool helping it pass through the digestion system easier. The taste of prunes can be difficult to get used to at first. We recommend eating 10-15 prunes to help clear up any constipation issues you are having. It typically takes around 8 hours for prunes to produce a bowel movement. Drinking prune juice is another option. If you simply can not bare to eat another prune you can try mixing 50% prune juice with 50% orange juice for a less pruney, much tastier natural way of relieving constipation.Dried Apricots: Apricots work much in the same way that prunes do. They have an enormous amount of fiber per serving, typically ranging around 3 grams of fiber per cup. Most people tend to think that dried apricots are much more palatable than prunes. They are also typically less expensive and preserve longer than prunes because of how dry they are. Prunes, even when dried are susceptible to exposure because of their sticky surface. We recommend eating 15-20 pieces of dried apricot as soon as you start to feel the bloat that is often associated with constipation.Papaya: Papaya, and especially green papaya are fantastic for your digestive tract. Papaya has a large amount of fiber and is stuffed with a digestive enzyme called Papain. The greener the Papaya, the more Papain. The combined benefits of the large fiber count and the digestive enzyme make Papaya a fantastic fruit for relieving constipation and straightening out your digestive tract. If you haven’t pass a stool in 24 hours or more we recommend eating 2-3 cups, or 1/2 of a large Papaya as soon as you can.Most fruits (and vegetables) in general are packed with fiber. If you find yourself constipated one of the first things you should do is drink a big glass of water. Often times one might be constipated simply because they have forgotten to drink enough water for the past few days. Re hydrating yourself can often be the quickest method to cure prolonged constipation.Some foods to avoid:Fatty Foods: Fatty foods in moderate amounts are important to any healthy, well balanced, diet. However, when eating fat in excess it can cause some serious blockage in your digestive system. Fat is hard for your body to digest completely which is why people that often eat a lot of fat complain of “sticky stools”.Too much fiber: We recommend making sure that you get enough fiber from foods like prunes and apricots but too much fiber can actually be a problem. The daily recommended amount of fiber is 25-30 grams of fiber from food. However, most of the United States population does not even come close that number typically topping off around 15 grams. When someone begins hitting 40-50 grams of fiber it can actually add so much bulk to the stool that it will not be able to successfully pass through the digestive system. Most people have difficult just getting the recommended daily amount of fiber so this shouldn’t be too much of an issue, however, it is something that everyone should be aware of.