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Natural Cures and Home Remedies for Constipation

What is constipation?

Constipation is a condition where there are infrequent, irregular or difficult bowel movements. One is said to be constipated when one passes lesser than three stools a week, and has a sense of incompete emptying after a bowel movement. Constipation is associated with a general feeling of illhealth, loss of appetite, ulcers in the mouth, acne, acidity and sometimes heartburn. When waste products are not eliminated, it causes an accumalation of toxins in the system which can lead to disorders like arthrits and high blood pressure.

What causes constipation?

Treatment for constipation

A healthy diet. Many times, adding fibre or roughage to the diet is all that is needed to ensure regularity in stools. Fibre adds mass to the stools and stimulates the colon to push things along. All foods in their natural state contain fibre. Eating at least five servings of fruits and vegetables like apple, pear, prunes, guava, grapes, the bael fruit, spinach, onion, cabbage, brussel sprouts, carrots, broccoli and cauliflower. In addition to fruits and vegetables, its recommended that we include lots of whole grain cereals. Dried beans and legumes are also an excellent source of fibre, and one should also cut back on refined and overprocessed foods. Chewing food propery also aids in digestion.

Drink lots of fluids. Drinking adequate amount of liquids may help to alleviate constipation or prevent it from happening in the first place. When you drink insufficient fluids, the stools dry out makes it hard to pass. Drink atleast 8 cups of liquids a day. Avoid drinking coffee or caffeinated drinks. Caffeine is said to act as a diuretic taking fluids out of the body, when you actually want to retain it. Also, water should not be taken with food as it dilutes the gastric juices essential for digestion. Water should be taken half an hour before or after meals.

Exercise helps treat constipation. Exercise not only boosts fitness, but also regularity. One should be more active. A simple walking workout helps. Toning up the muscles helps in the treatment of constipation. Exercise helps to strengthen and activating the muscles and helps prevent constipation.

Cut down on laxatives. Laxatives, which seem to be the easy solution for constipation may cause other probems if taken indiscriminately. One real danger is that people get dependent on them and laxatives have various side effects. A number of prescription and over the counter drugs lead to constipation. It is advisable to ask the doctor or pharmacist if a particular medicine may lead to constipation.

Don't suppress the urge to pass motion. Often because of erratic schedules or any other reason (public toilets or while travelling), one tends to suppress the urge to have a bowel movement. If done over a period of time, it may block the urge completely, leading to constipation.

Home remedies for constipation

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