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What is Constipation ?

Home Remedies for constipationConstipation (also known as costiveness,[1] dyschezia,[2] and dyssynergic defaecation[2]) refers to bowel movements that are infrequent or hard to pass.[2] Constipation is a common cause of painful defecation. Constipation is common; in the general population incidence of constipation varies from 2 to 30%.

Constipation Causes:

  1. The most important causes of chronic constipation are a faulty diet and style of living. It is common knowledge that a diet that is deficient in fiber will eventually lead to constipation. Simply including fiber rich foods like fresh fruits and cereals in your daily diet would help treating constipation.
  2. Intake of refined and rich foods lacking in vitamins and minerals, insufficient intake of water, consumption of meat in large quantities, excessive use of strong tea and coffee, insufficient chewing, overeating and wrong combination of foods, irregular habits of eating and drinking may all contribute to poor bowel function.
  3. An inactive lifestyle
  4. Poor bowel habits such as ignoring the urge to have bowel movements Stress
  5. Medications such as painkillers (especially codeine), antacids, antispasmodic drugs, antidepressants or iron tablets
  6. Medical conditions such as irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), underactive thyroid gland (hypothyroidism), spinal injury, multiple sclerosis, kidney failure, colon or rectal cancer, too much calcium in the blood, tumors and lesions of the bowel
  7. Habitual use of laxatives and enemas (leading to a rebound effect) * Changes in the environment
  8. Mature age - older adults often suffer from constipation due to a combination of poor diet, insufficient fluids, poor bowel habits or the side effects of prescription medication
  9. Pregnancy - hormonal changes and pressure on the bowel by the heavy womb can cause prolonged constipation which can in turn result in the development of anal fissures or hemorrhoids

Constipation Symptoms:

  1. Coated tongue
  2. Foul breath
  3. Loss of appetite
  4. Headache
  5. Dizziness
  6. Dark circles under the eyes
  7. Depression
  8. Nausea
  9. Pimples on the face
  10. Ulcer in the mouth
  11. Constant fullness in the abdomen
  12. Diarrhea alternating with constipation
  13. Varicose veins
  14. Pain in the lumbar region
  15. Acidity
  16. Heart burn
  17. Insomnia

Constipation Prevention:

  1. Add high fiber foods such as whole grain breads, bran cereal, dried fruit, raisins, fresh fruit and vegetables to your diet.
  2. Drink plenty of liquids such as water, fruit juices, hot tea or lemon water to stimulate the bowels.
  3. Regular exercise such as walking or swimming everyday can help to both prevent and relieve constipation.
  4. Avoid regular use of laxatives or enemas.
  5. Avoid alcohol, caffeine, processed and junk food if you are suffering from constipation.
  6. Stool softeners taken daily may also prevent constipation.
  7. Increase your intake of magnesium by taking supplements or eating foods such as nuts, seeds or green leafy vegetables.
  8. Practice regular bowel habits.

Constipation Home Remedies:

  1. Triphala: Taking a spoon of Triphala (Triphala is composed of Hard (Haritaki), Indian gooseberries (Amla) and Bejada (Bibhitaki) every night before going to bed helps to clear the stomach next morning and cures Constipation problem.
  2. Massage: Massaging the stomach everyday night with Mustard (Sarson) oil helps to cure Constipation problem.
  3. Masoor dal: Eating Lentil (Masoor dal) regularly helps to clear the stomach and cures Constipation problem.
  4. Water: Drinking at least 8 glasses of water per day (preferably hot water in the morning) helps to cure Constipation.
  5. Papaya: Eating a ripe papita (papaya) before going to bed gives relief from Constipation problem.
  6. Onion: Eating raw Onion with every meals helps to cure Constipation problem.
  7. Radish (Muli) taken with Salt and Black pepper (kali mirch) clears the stomach and gives relief from constipation.
  8. Lemon: Hot water with Lemon juice taken in the night gives relief from Constipation.
  9. Garlic: Using Garlic (Lehsun) regularly in cooking helps to get relief from Constipation.
  10. Guava: Taking Guava (Amrud) with seeds provides roughage to diet and it act as a laxative in the intestine. It should be taken only before meals to get relief from Constipation.
  11. Tomato: Tomato is also said to be very good for constipation which helps in cleaning the stools which are sticking in the intestine.
  12. Saunf: Eating a spoon of powdered Aniseed (Sauf) with hot water in the night helps to cure Constipation.
  13. Castor oil: Drinking 2-3 drops of Castor oil (Erand) with Milk in the night helps to overcome Constipation.
  14. Ginger: A Spoon of Ginger juice boiled with water taken regularly helps to overcome Constipation.
  15. Cabbage: Eating raw Cabbage (patta gobi) everyday helps to overcome Constipation.
  16. Isabgol: Drinking hot milk with Flea seeds (Isabgol) in the night helps to overcome Constipation.
  17. Bael: It is a good laxative and having more cooling effect on the body.
  18. Banana: Eat one ripe Banana before going to bed everyday to avoid constipation. Having ripe Banana pulp mixed with Curd everyday is also an option to get relief from Constipation.
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