Do you have problem with irregular (bowel syndrome)constipation? It has become a common problem and nothing else but the modern day lifestyle is to be blamed to give rise to this condition. Some of the most common perpetrators would certainly be junk food consumption, alcohol abuse, smoking and overeating.
The cure for constipation may be as close as your kitchen! There are many treatments available for constipation, this range from medical and Ayurvedic to home remedies. Let us discuss these 13 treatments and home remedies in detail below.
- Fewer than three bowel movements per week
- Straining to start or complete a bowel movement
- Stool consistency that looks like rocks and pebbles
- A feeling of incomplete emptying
Who is prone to constipation?
Almost everyone suffers from constipation at some point. However, some people are slightly more at risk than others, for example:
- people who are 65 years or older
- people of a low-income group
- people who have just undergone a surgery
- women who are pregnant
- a woman who has just given birth
- people who lead a sedentary lifestyle
- people who are stressed
- people who suffer from eating disorders
- people who do not include an adequate amount of fiber in their diet
- people who consume large amounts of dairy products
- people who are frequent travellers
- people who from medical conditions such as Parkinson’s disease, piles, multiple sclerosis, clinical depression, colon cancer
What are the causes of constipation?
Various factors can lead to constipation, such as:
- Unhealthy and irregular eating habits, or eating very small portions
- not visiting the toilet when the pressure arises
- leading a sedentary lifestyle
- insufficient exercise
- dehydration or not drinking enough water
- lack of fibre-rich foods in the diet
What can be done for constipation treatment? Here are a few steps:
* Drink warm beverages, more so in the morning
* Add vegetables and fruits in your diet
* Drink up to four more glasses full of water in a day, unless your doctor has limited fluid intake for some other reason
* Have fibrous cereals
* Dates- Make a paste from a half cup of dates. Mix this paste with milk and consume it every night before going to sleep. The fiber in dates will reduce constipation.
* Have a wholesome diet rich in fiber. Good fiber sources are vegetables, legumes, fruits and multi grain bread like bran.
* Eat a well- balanced diet with plenty of fiber. Good sources of fiber are fruits, vegetables, legumes, and whole-grain bread and cereal (especially bran).
* Drink 1 1/2 to 2 quarts of water and other fluids a day (unless your doctor has you on a fluid-restricted diet). Fiber and water work together to keep you regular.
* Avoid caffeine. It can be dehydrating.
* Cut back on milk. Some people may need to avoid it because dairy products may be constipating for them.
* Exercise regularly. Do something active for at least 30 minutes a day, most days of the week.
* Lemon- The citric acid in lemon juice acts as a stimulant to your digestive system and can help flush toxins from your body, providing constipation relief. Squeeze fresh lemon juice into a glass of water every morning, or add lemon to tea; you may find that the refreshingly tart water not only acts as a natural remedy to your constipation but also that it helps you drink more water each day, which will improve your long-term digestion
* Go to the bathroom when you feel the urge.
Disclaimer: This content including advice provides generic information only. It is in no way a substitute for qualified medical opinion.