Constipation is emerging as a common disease of the digestive tract. Constipation can make your bowels movement irregular and as a result it is not completely emptied. Constipation can lead to many diseases by producing the toxins in the body. Constipation weakens the vital organs and lowers the immunity of the body. Appendicitis, rheumatism, arthritis, high blood pressure and cancer are a few of the diseases in which chronic constipation plays an important part. The number of motions for normal health depends from person to person.The following are some insights on understanding constipation its causes,symptoms and home remedies to relieve constipation naturally.
What are the Symptoms of constipation?
The most common constipation symptoms are infrequency, irregularity or difficulty in the elimination of fecal matter due to hardness. Constipation can cause other problems like, fullness of the abdomen, diarrhea followed by constipation, bad breath, nausea, headache, dizziness, pimples on the face, ulcer in the mouth, acidity, heart burn ,loss of appetite.
What causes the constipation?
The most important constipation causes are Faulty diet and life style. Intake of refined food, insufficient intake of water, eating meat in large quantities, strong tea and coffee, insufficient chewing, overeating and wrong combination of foods, irregular habits of eating and drinking may give to constipation. Food in their natural form has a good amount of ‘roughage’ which is most essential in preserving the balance of foods and bowel movements by which the food is passed down the alimentary canal. Most of the food items we eat today lack natural bulk or roughage and this results in chronic constipation.Other causes include faulty and irregular habit of defecation, lack of physical activity frequent use of purgatives, weakness of abdominal muscles due to sedentary lifestyle, and emotional stress and strain.
How do I treat the constipation?
The following home remedies will treat the constipation.
Diet: The most important factor in curing constipation is a natural and simple diet. This should consist of unrefined food such as whole grain cereals, bran, honey and lentils; green leafy vegetables, like spinach, beans, lettuce, celery, asparagus, carrot.
Water: drinking water regularly keeps you hydrated, relieves the constipation by cleans the system and eliminate the poisons from the body. Normally six to eight glasses of water should be taken daily as it is essential for digesting and dissolving food nutrients so that they can be absorbed and utilized by the body.
Fruits: Generally all fruits, except banana and jack fruit, are beneficial in the treatment of constipation.
Pears are beneficial in the treatment of constipation.
Guava fruit when eaten with seeds, gives roughage to the diet and helps in the normal evacuation of the bowels.
Grapes: have also proved highly beneficial in overcoming constipation. The grapes have the cellulose; natural sugar and organic acid make them a natural laxative fruit. Not only they clean the bowel, but also tones up the stomach and intestines to relieve the chronic constipation.
Linseed: is extremely useful in difficult cases of constipation. One teaspoon of linseed with warm water should be taken at night for bulk and lubrication.
Dry fruits: Such as figs, raisins, apricots and dates.
Proper chewing: The diet alone is not enough. Food should be properly chewed-each morsel for at least 20 times.
Exercise: Simple exercises like walking, swimming strengthens the abdominal muscles and prevent the constipation.
Yoga: Certain yoga asana like bhujangasana, halasana, shalabhasana, yogamudra, dhanurasana also help to bring relief from constipation as they strengthen the abdominal and pelvic muscles and stimulate the peristaltic movement of the bowels.
What should i avoid in constipation?
Avoid: Fast food and meals at odd times should be avoided. Sugary foods must be avoided as sugar lowers the vitamin B from the body, which causes improper functioning of the intestines. Food items made of white flour, rice, bread, pulses, cakes, pastries, biscuits, cheese, fleshy foods, preserves, white sugar and hard-boiled eggs should not be eaten in abundance.