Going through constipation, are we?
Being constipated means your bowel movements are tough or happen less often than normal. Almost everyone goes through it sooner or later.
Although it’s not usually serious, you’ll feel much better when your body is back on track.
The normal length of time between bowel movements varies widely from person to person.
Some people have them three times a day. Others have them only once or twice a week.
Going longer than 3 or more days without one, though, is usually too long. After 3 days, the stool or feces become harder and more difficult to pass.
Signs and symptoms of chronic constipation include:
- Passing fewer than three stools a week
- Having lumpy or hard stools
- Straining to have bowel movements
- Feeling as though there’s a blockage in your rectum that prevents bowel movements
- Feeling as though you can’t completely empty the stool from your rectum
- Needing help to empty your rectum, such as using your hands to press on your abdomen and using a finger to remove stool from your rectum
Constipation may be considered chronic if you’ve experienced two or more of these symptoms for the last three months
Causes of Constipation
Poor diet and an inactive lifestyle are the most common causes of constipation.
A lack of exercise and eating too much junk food can wreak havoc on your digestive health.
Here are some diet-related factors that can leave you feeling constipated:
- Dairy products
- Foods high in fat and sugar
- Lack of high-fiber foods (like fruits, vegetables, and whole grains)
- Lack of water and other fluids
- Alcohol or caffeine
When you feel like you need to defecate, it’s important to use the bathroom immediately.
Home Remedies For Constipation
Lemons, or more specifically the juice from lemons, can treat constipation as it stimulates the digestive system and gets things moving .
This is one of the simplest and most effective treatments that you can try at home.
- Extract the juice of half a lemon and add it to a glass of warm water. You can also add a pinch of rock salt or one-half teaspoon of table salt and a little honey to it.
- Drink the lemon water first thing in the morning on an empty stomach. You can also drink a glass of this solution in the evening.
- Follow this remedy daily and expect results within a few days.
Fennel seeds are useful in treating issues like indigestion, bloating, constipation and irritable bowel syndrome as they encourage smooth muscle movement in the digestive tract.
- Take one cup of fennel seeds and dry roast them.
- Then, grind them and sieve the mixture.
- Store this tasty and digestive powder in a jar.
- Take half a teaspoon of this powder daily with warm water.
Figs are very high in fiber and act as a natural laxative. Those suffering from chronic constipation should include figs in their diet. For the treatment of constipation, both fresh and dried figs can be used. When fresh figs are available, eat them with their skin on. The skin contains most of the fiber and calcium.
- Take two to three almonds and dried figs.
- Soak them in water for a few hours.
- Peel the almonds and grind the ingredients.
- Take this paste with one tablespoon of honey at night.
4. Castor Oil
Being a stimulant laxative, castor oil stimulates the small and large intestines and improves the bowel movement. Simply swallow one to two teaspoons of castor oil on an empty stomach. To improve the taste, you can take it with a fruit juice.
Within a few hours, you will notice a huge improvement in your condition. You must not repeat this remedy for a prolonged period as it can cause side effects.
Honey is highly beneficial in relieving constipation as it acts as a mild laxative. You can have it daily to prevent as well as treat constipation.
- Consume two teaspoons of honey three times a day.
- You can also mix one tablespoon each of honey and lemon juice in a glass of warm water. Drink it every morning on an empty stomach.
6. Flax Seed
Flax seed has many medicinal properties along with tons of fiber and omega-3 fatty acids. Also, flaxseed has a laxative property, which can be very useful in curing mild to very serious cases of constipation.
- Mix one tablespoon of flax seed in a glass of water and allow it to rest for two to three hours. Drink the water daily before going to bed. In the morning, your bowel movement will be much better.
- Alternatively, you can simply eat two to three tablespoons of ground flax seed with a glass of water.
Constipation has become a common problem in a sense that most of us almost think of it as routine. Nothing else but the modern day lifestyle is to be blamed to give rise to this condition
Nevertheless these home remedies will help you feel better
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