Constipation is defined as having a bowel movement fewer than three times per week. With constipation stools are usually hard, dry, small in size, and difficult to eliminate. Some people who are constipated find it painful to have a bowel movement and often experience straining, bloating, and the sensation of a full bowel.
Some people think they are constipated if they do not have a bowel movement every day. However, normal stool elimination may be three times a day or three times a week, depending on the person. Common causes of constipation are
- Not enough fiber in the diet
Lack of physical activity (especially in the elderly)
Irritable bowel syndrome
Changes in life or routine such as pregnancy, aging, and travel
Abuse of laxatives
Symptoms of Constipation: -
Stress or other emotional disturbances.
Lack of regular exercise or physical activity.
The aging process.
Excess use of laxatives.
Lack of fiber or hydrating fluids, such as water.
Home Remedies for Constipation
Drinking a glass of warm milk before going to bed helps in easy evacuation in the morning. In case of severe constipation, mix two teaspoons of castor oil in the milk.
Take 10 – 12 calimyma figs and stew them in two glasses of distilled water (16 oz) for 10 minutes. Let them sit in this water overnight.
Spinach is a perfect vegetable oriented home remedy for constipation. The best is to eat it raw or else you can go in for 100 ml spinach juice mixed with an equal quantity of water and drink it twice in a day.
Drink one liter of warm water and walk around for a few minutes immediately after waking up early in the morning.
Bael fruit works wonders in treating constipation. Consume the fruit everyday for about 2-3 months.
Drinking lemon juice mixed with warm water two to three times a day eases constipation.
One or two teaspoons of aloe gel can be taken twice a day.
You can also use watered down Karo syrup or watered down prune juice in a bottle.
A common Ayurvedic medicine for constipation is Triphala Churna. It is a powder made by grinding three kinds of herbs. A teaspoon of this powder taken with warm water.
Some other constipation cure tips include:
Add some extra sugar or some honey to a glass of milk and consume it twice a day for some weeks. This is good for constipation.
You can also soak one date (seedless) overnight in ½ a cup of water. In the next morning, mash the date with same water and take its pulp. Take one tsp of this water thrice a day to have constipation relief.
Try this - soak 50 gm of cassia pulp in water overnight and in the next morning, consume 25 gm of water.
Drink a medicated solution made up of ½ teaspoon of honey in ½ cup lukewarm water twice or thrice a day.
Some herbal healers suggest mixing up half a cup of olive oil with half a cup of orange juice and drink. This gives constipation relief.
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