Get rid of Constipation

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Constipation is something we may all have gone through at some point in time, but we find it hard (and awkward) to discuss it. Who wants to actually talk about whether you were able to quite…go or not? Besides Amitabh Bachchan in the movie Piku of course! Constipation is a common gastrointestinal problem prevalent in children and adults the world over. It is basically a result of unhealthy diet and lifestyle. Constipation is difficulty with irregular bowel movements, or passing hard and dry stool. The major cause of the constipation is due to low fiber diet or dehydration. Constipation is common among children, aged ones, and pregnant women. The normal length of time between bowel movements varies widely from person to person. Some people have bowel movements three times a day. Others have them only once or twice a week. Going longer than three or more days without one is usually too long. After three days, the stool or feces become harder and tougher to pass. While suffering from constipation, you may have:

  • Few bowel movements.
  • Trouble having a bowel movement (straining).
  • Hard or small stools.
  • A sense that everything didn’t come out.
  • Swollen abdomen or abdominal pain.

Constipation can be of different kinds. Occasional constipation, chronic constipation, travel-related or age-related constipation. Some causes of constipation include:

  • Change in diet – You might be eating more greasy food than usual or may have started a new weight-loss program, any change in your diet could trigger the odd bout of constipation. There are certain foods that can also bring this on: high-fat or processed food, alcohol or even too much caffeine.

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  • Lack of Fluids – On days that you don’t drink enough water you might be constipated. Also, note that artificial beverages don’t count as fluids because they actually trigger constipation instead of driving it away.
  • Lack of exercise or a sedentary lifestyle could lower your metabolism. And this could hinder digestion which could cause constipation.
  • Medication – Certain kinds of painkillers or medicines can bring your system to a halt and cause constipation. If needed, you can take a stool softener. Even vitamins and iron supplements could create a problem and if they do, you should check with your doctor.
  • Overuse of laxatives (Over time, this weakens the bowel muscles).

These problems sound painful enough and just so you don’t have to experience them first-hand, we’ve got a bunch of home remedies that’ll put your system back on track in no time:

  • Loosen Up – This is probably the most well-known cure for occasional constipation. Take some warm water and add lemon juice and honey to it. Lemon is a stimulant for your digestive system and can help flush out toxins. Honey cuts the sour taste and some researchers believe that it works as a mild laxative. Warm some water and add about 1 teaspoon of lemon juice and half a teaspoon of honey or a pinch of salt.
  • Grease it Right – It’s important to oil the tracks and so doctors suggest you add more olive oil or ghee to your diet.
  • Get Your Fibre-Fix – On an average, a woman needs around 25 grams of fiber a day and a man needs somewhere between 30 and 35 grams a day. In order to get your digestive system back on track, you must make sure what you’re eating the right amount. Oats are high in fiber and so are lentils. Spinach and broccoli can also do wonders for your gut’s health.
  • Triphala churna (a mixture of Indian gooseberry or amla, haritaki, and vibhitaki) taken with honey twice a day is a great remedy prescribed by Ayurveda experts for constipation. This churan is readily available in the market.

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