Constipation is a problem that affects many Americans every day. Constipation is mainly due to poor eating habits, insufficient exercise, not getting enough fiber and not drinking enough water. Constipation is quite uncomfortable and everyone knows when they have it. Common symptoms include:
• Straining to have a bowel movement • Hard stools? Pellet like stools • Not having a bowel movement every day • Not totally evacuating your bowels each time you move a
If you eat right and adopt a healthy lifestyle, you need not every suffer from constipation, but what can you do in between? What can you do about "gas"?
Some foods contain starches that escape digestion in the small bowel and may cause gas in the colon. Here is a list of foods commonly thought to cause gas. Try cutting these foods out of your diet and see if you have less gas!
• Apricots • Bananas • Beans • Cabbage • Carrots • Celery • Dried Beans, Lentils • Milk and Milk Products • Onions • Peas • Pretzels • Prunes • Raisins • Wheat Germ
If for some reason you need to use laxatives, suppositories, or enemas you should become knowledgeable about what you are using . The following table will help educate you about the various products available.
One way to help get things moving is to increase your potassium intake by eating foods that naturally occurs. Do you remember your grandmother telling you to eat prunes to relieve constipation, right? Well that is because prunes are high in potassium!
The plant potassium wonders on the walls of the colon and helps to stimulate peristaltic action which makes your bowels move. It also helps to clean out layers of mucus and dried fecal matter that have built up along the walls of colon.
Other foods that contain potassium include: tomatoes, broccoli, cucumbers, kale, sesame seeds, wheat germ, brewers yeast, pineapple and cauliflower.
Another natural remedy for constipation is aloe. This herb works as good on your outsides can also help your insides too! Aloe and cousins buckthorn, frangula and senna to have been the natural laxative chemicals and can be very powerful constipation cures take up any of these herbs with caution and not for extended periods.
The Psyllium has long been used to help relieve the symptoms of constipation as loaded with soluble fiber. Make sure you take psyllium with lots of water.
Flax seed is used in may packaged products that treat constipation. You can buy the flaxseeds and crush them yourself. Take one or two tablespoons a day with lots of water. You should make sure you get at least 8 glasses of water daily when using the flax.
The Rhubarb has laxative properties and is high in fiber. Since the properties that give it it's laxative properties are similar to those in senna, it can be very powerful so use with caution! Using natural remedies for constipation much better then taking laxatives, the best thing to do is to practice prevention by eating lots of fruits and vegetables, getting adequate exercise and drinking lots of water.
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