Best Constipation Remedies

Best Constipation RemediesBest Constipation Remedies

Some people tend to suffer from constipation more frequently than diarrhea. This can be primarily blamed on the unhealthy diet and lifestyles today. Let’s try taking a look at what constipation is and what are the best constipation remedies available.

According to Patient.co.uk, constipation is a common problem. It means either going to the toilet less often than usual to empty the bowels, or passing hard or painful poo (also called feces, stools or motions). Constipation may be caused by not eating enough fiber, or not drinking enough fluids. It can also be a side-effect of certain medicines, or related to an underlying medical condition. In many cases, the cause is not clear. Laxatives are a group of medicines that can treat constipation. Ideally, laxatives should only be used for short periods of time until symptoms ease.

Some of the known causes include the following:

  • Not eating enough fiber (roughage) is a common cause. The average person in the UK eats about 12 grams of fiber each day. But, 18 grams per day is recommended by the British Nutrition Foundation. Fiber is the part of plant food that is not digested. It remains in your gut. It adds bulk to the poo (feces, stools or motions), and helps your bowels to work well. Foods high in fiber include: fruit, vegetables, cereals and wholemeal bread.
  • Not drinking much may make constipation worse. Stools are usually soft and easily passed if you eat enough fiber, and drink enough fluid. However, some people need more fiber and/or fluid than others in order to avoid constipation.
  • Some special slimming diets are low in fiber, and may cause constipation.
  • Some medicines can cause constipation as a side-effect. Examples are painkillers (particularly those with codeine, such as co-codamol, or very strong painkillers, such as morphine), some antacids, some antidepressants (including amitriptyline) and iron tablets, but there are many others. See the list of possible side-effects on the leaflet that comes with any medicine that you may be taking. Tell a doctor if you suspect a medicine is making you constipated. A change of medication may be possible.
  • Various medical conditions can cause constipation. For example, an underactive thyroid, irritable bowel syndrome, some gut disorders, and conditions that cause poor mobility, particularly in the elderly.
  • Pregnancy. About 1 in 5 pregnant women will become constipated. It is due to the hormonal changes of pregnancy that slow down the gut movements. In later pregnancy, it can simply be due to the baby taking up a lot of room in the tummy and the bowels being pushed to one side.

Source: Patient.co.uk

Now for the best constipation remedies, here are some of them as provided by Best Health Mag.ca:

Fix it with fiber

  • Start off the day with a high-fiber bran cereal. Some brands contain as much as 14 grams of insoluble fiber, the kind that adds bulk to stool. If you’re new to the whole fiber thing, start off with a smaller serving to prevent gas, bloating and cramping.
  • Fill up on dried beans, prunes, figs, pears and oatmeal. These foods are also all high in soluble fiber.
  • Mix one to two teaspoons of psyllium seeds into a cup of hot water. Let it sit for two hours, add lemon and honey, then drink.
  • Flaxseeds are high in fiber and also contain heart-healthy omega-3 fats. Take one tablespoon of the ground seeds two or three times a day. You can also add it your morning cereal or smoothie.
  • As you increase your intake of fiber be sure to drink lots of water—at least 8 glasses a day.

Loosen up with a hot cup

  • A morning cup of hot java will help. Caffeine has a bowel-loosening effect. Just don’t drink too much since it’s also a diuretic.
  • Herbal or decaffeinated tea, or a simple cup of hot water with lemon juice will also help to get things moving.
  • Dandelion tea has a mildly laxative effect. Steep one teaspoon of the dried root in one cup of boiling water. Drink one cup three times per day.

Wrinkled fruit to the rescue

  • Prunes are one of the oldest home remedies for constipation. High in fiber, prunes also contain a compound called dihydroxyphenyl isatin, which kicks the colon into action.
  • Raisins are also high in fiber as well as tartaric acid, which has a laxative effect.

Get up and go

There’s a reason the evening walk used to be called the daily constitutional. Regular exercise helps your body move food quicker. Aim for a daily walk at the very least.

Source: Best Health Mag.ca

You can surely find the best remedies for constipation right at home. So before you reach out for those laxatives, try the natural remedies mentioned here first. You might just find out that they’re truly effective.

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