Introduction:Constipation is nothing but going to the toilet less often. Constipation is the body's way of telling us that what we are eating is not right. A normal human should pass stools at least two times a day. He should pass urine every hour or so. However our modern day lifestyle doesn't allow time for such small things or even think about our health. In this Article we will explore the common causes of Constipation and the remedies.
Causes of Constipation:Some of the common causes of constipation are as follows:
Low intake of fluids cause constipation. This could happen on the days we don't take enough water.
The under-performance of the thyroid gland may also causes Constipation.
Studies have shown that chronic users of pain killers like Aspirin and ibuprofene suffer from constipation.
Chocolates have been linked to constipation though it has not been proved. However cut back on chocolates if you have constipation.
Vitamins in general dont cause constipation but iron and calcium cause constipation.
Laxatives are substances which help to soften the stools. However some laxatives work by stimulating the bowel activity.These stimulant laxatives make body dependent on them and hence cautioned against its overuse.
High intake of low fiber foods like eggs and meat can slow down the digestion which causes constipation.
Constipation has also been linked to the intake of antidepressants though why they cause constipation is unclear.
Depression slows down the normal body process which in turn causes constipation.
Antacids containing calcium & aluminium cause Constipation.
Constipation can also be caused by tablets used for treating High blood pressure. Similarly intake of diuretics and antihistamines can also cause constipation.
Inflammatory bowel disease also causes Constipation.
The usage of pain relievers or an anesthetic during child birth also causes constipation.
Constipation Remedies:Here is the list of Remedies for constipation:
Lemon is a stimulant for the digestion and it also helps to flush out the toxins from our body.
Warm some water ,add lemon juice and honey to it. Honey is a mild laxative .
Instead of honey you can also use a pinch of salt.Salt contains magnesium which helps to flush out toxins.
Try having two to three tablets of triphala with warm water at night. Triphala has anti-fungal,anti-parasitic as well as antibacterial properties. It can also be used to treat diarrhea.
Its importent for our digestive tracks to be oily .This helps in good bowel movement.Add ghee or olive oil to your diet. Castor oil is also good in relieving constipation.
A woman needs about 25 grams of fiber a day . A man needs about 35 grams of fiber a day. Foods such as Lentils Spinach broccoli,prunes raisins and flax seeds are rich in fibers.
Baking soda is nothing but sodium bicarbonate.It produces salt , water and carbon dioxide which helps in bowel movement and flushes out the toxins.
Take one spoon of baking soda with one-fourth warm water.This is also used to cure mild stomach pain.
A good exercise is essential for proper bowel movement.movement. Yogasanas such as pranayanama,pavan muktasana, balasana, ardha matsyendrasana....etc are among many for curing constipation.
Constipation is a growing and harassing problem faced by many these days due to hectic lifestyle and erratic and irregular food consumption.
Initially people keep it confidential and try their own self remedies and only when they do not become effective or the problem aggravates, they see a doctor.
The tips given in this article can be tried, but for a permanent solution one need to change the life style and food habits under advice of a qualified and experienced doctor.
Sometimes constipation may be just the initial signals of some very serious health issue also.
The advertisement lines in Hindi " Pet khush hai to sab kuch khush'( if stomach is happy the whole body is happy) is relevant here.
One should pay attention to constipation at the very early stage itself and take suitable remedial measures.
Though the article sates"Constipation is nothing but going to the toilet less often", it cannot be oversimplified like that. I may be much more than that also.
So take care, take care in advance itself.
The author has provided sound advice in this article, on how to manage constipation. Constipation is basically a lifestyle disorder which gets altered when lifestyle is improved.
Fibre and water are essential for combating constipation. The fibre content in grains and pulses that are polished is not very high. So, just eating grains and pulses is not enough, it is important to eat them in their unpolished form, as the fibre and the nutrient count will be higher.
• Eating fruits and vegetables with their skin whenever possible increases the fibre and nutrient intake.
• Consuming whole grain products is another way of upping the fibre intake
• Isagbgol husk is a natural product that provides bulk to the stools. Regular consumption of this herbal product prevents constipation
• Previously doctors recommended five helpings of fruits and vegetables for a healthy gut and general health. Latest studies reveal that ten is a better number – doctors’ now advise ten helpings of fruits and veggies a day.