How Much Prune Juice Should I Drink to Poop?

Reviewed on 2/26/2021
Digestive problems are one of the common health complaints.
Digestive problems are one of the common health complaints.

The amount of prune juice needed to poop may vary depending on your age, general health, and the severity of constipation. Infants and children with constipation can be given 2-4 ounces of prune juice for relieving constipation. Having half a cup of prune juice (around 4 ounces) every day can help adults to have a regular bowel movement. For mild constipation in adults, half a cup of prune juice twice a day is helpful. Some studies suggest that adults with constipation can have up to 8 ounces of prune juice in the morning to relieve constipation. Prune juice containing the pulp is more beneficial for relieving constipation than the one without it.

Though prunes and prune juice promote bowel movements, you must not compromise on regular physical activity, adequate fluid intake, and the consumption of enough fiber (around 25-35 grams per day for adults). Constipation can often be managed with home remedies and over the counter medications. You must, however, consult a doctor if:

  • Constipation does not go away despite home remedies.
  • There is severe pain in the belly.
  • There is vomiting.
  • You are not able to pass flatus (wind).
  • There is a presence of blood in your stools.

What is prune juice?

Prunes are dried plums. They are loaded with fiber and various nutrients. Generally, it is advised to have the fruit instead of the juice. However, prune juice is emerging as a popular remedy for relieving constipation and promoting gut health. The juice also contains various minerals and antioxidants including vitamins present in prunes. Since prune juice is made from dried plums, it is not obtained by squeezing the fruit. The juice is generally prepared by boiling the prunes in water for up to 12 hours. This allows the beneficial components to seep into the water. The solid material is then strained off.

You can make prune juice at home by soaking prunes in some water for around 20 minutes. Put the soaked prunes in a blender and add some more water. You can also add some lemon juice to enhance the taste. Strain the pulp or leave it to get some fiber in the juice.

How does prune juice help relieve constipation?

Prune juice helps promote bowel movement in various ways. The juice is rich in a type of sugar-alcohol called “sorbitol.” Sorbitol is not fully absorbed or digested in the gut. It creates an “osmotic effect,” which means that it pulls more water into the gut. This helps to loosen up the stools and promotes bowel movements. Some manufacturers add fiber-rich prune puree to the juice. The fiber also has laxative effects and promotes bowel movements. Prune juice also contains magnesium, potassium, and a compound called diphenyl isatin. All of these improve gut function.

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References
Basson MD. Constipation. Medscape. https://emedicine.medscape.com/article/184704-overview

WebMD. Health Benefits of Prune Juice. https://www.webmd.com/diet/health-benefits-prune-juice#1

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