What could be more annoying than suffering from the problem of constipation? Constipation can affect your life tremendously. It can deteriorate your health, affects your metabolism, functioning of brain and day to day life. It is very embarrassing and difficult to even discuss this problem with others. Constipation often caused by irregular and difficult bowel movements.
Not only elderly people but infants also suffer from constipation. But it is very important to understand that taking laxatives are not always the best option to treat constipation as it causes harm to your body in some way or the other.
Symptoms of Constipation
- Slow bowel functioning
- Hard and dry stool
- Infrequent bowel movements
- Swelling and pain in abdomen
There are various factors which lead to constipation. Less intake of water, low fiber diet, anxiety, poor bowel movements, pregnancy, Hemorrhoids are some of the factors which often cause constipation.
Children also tend to suffer a lot from constipation. It has been observed that you can easily find out if your toddler is suffering from constipation or not just by observing their behavior. If your infant or toddler stand on toes, extend legs or make uneasy postures and stand stiffly in the corners that chances are high that he is having trouble with bowel movements. If there is blood or pain in the abdomen while passing stool then this indicates that the kid has hard and dry stool.
Many times people who eat antacids, painkillers, laxatives and anti-depressant also suffer from constipation. So whenever you face any such problem, try to avoid eating any such laxatives or pain killers which can cause poor bowel functioning in your body.
In cases of severe constipation it is advisable to consult the doctor and take timely treatment. If you are suffering from mild constipation than there are various natural ways through which you can easily treat constipation.
To start with, these home remedies are really beneficial in treating constipation.
Water is the solution of your all health related problem. Drinking 7-8 glasses of water daily can actually works wonder for your health. It cleanses your system and removes all toxins from your body. It improves your metabolism.
To get relief from constipation, Take a glass of warm water and add 1 tbsp lemon juice and 2 tbsp of honey to it. Mix well and drink this every morning on an empty stomach.
Widely known for its amazing health benefits, Olive oil is very effective to improve bowel movements.
Take 1 tbsp of olive oil or castor oil, first thing in the morning, or you can also include this oil while cooking. Try consuming these oils for at least two week for proper bowel functioning.
Oranges are rich source of Vitamin C and are also rich in fibers. The nutrients present in oranges will help you to remove all the toxins from your body. Include oranges in your diet or take it in a juice form.
Take 2-3 oranges and peel them. Cut them in pieces and extract the juice with the help of juicer. Drink this juice daily for two to three weeks.
Fiber rich foods
Foods like Flaxseeds, chia seeds, oats and lentils are very healthy and essential for your body. Prunes, broccoli, spinach are some other rich sources of fiber. You can also drink prune juice if you don’t like eating prunes like that. Fiber rich foods acts like a sponge which help stool to pass easily.
Some other fiber rich food includes apricot, apples, beans, berries, nuts, potatoes and many more.
Aloe Vera Juice
Aloe Vera juice has many medicinal properties and is also known for cleansing your digestive tract. There is a difference in Aloe gel you extract from the plant and the juice which is available in market. Commercial juice is less concentrated than the gel. So it is advisable to intake not more 2 tbsp of Aloe gel in a day.
Take any fruit juice and mix 2 tbsp of Aloe gel to it or add 1 cup of Aloe Vera juice to it. Drink this juice for two weeks in the morning regularly.
Baking soda is known for providing faster relief in stomach aches. But it is also very beneficial in curing constipation. It reacts with the acid present in body and produces carbon dioxide, salt and water. This helps in improving bowel movement and cleanses the system.
Take one-fourth cup of water and mix 1tbsp of baking soda. Drink this mixture whenever ache and acidity in stomach.
Try any of these home remedies to treat constipation easily and effectively. You can also try these easy to use natural remedies to improve bowel movement.
If you want to take help of Ayurveda then Triphala is one of the most effective methods of treating constipation. Popular for its antibacterial and antiparasitic properties, Triphala is really helpful in treating many health related problems.
Take 1/4th cup of warm water and add 1tsp of Triphala powder to it. Drink this mixture in the night and remember to not eating anything after drinking Triphala. You can also add 1tbsp of honey as Triphala is very bitter in taste.
These are some changes you need to make in your lifestyle in order to stay fit and healthy:
- Include exercises to your daily routine
- Avoid drinking milk if you feel constipated
- Avoid eating fast foods
- Stay away from eating potatoes, cheese and heavy meals.
- Try Yoga poses to keep your body healthy and fit
Here are some yoga poses you can try for normal bowel movements:
- Baddha Konasana
Try these natural and home remedies in order to improve your bowel movements and stay healthy and fit always.