Constipation

What Is Constipation?

Constipation is one of the most common digestive problems reported these day. It is a medical problem in which the patient has fewer bowel movements (less than 3 weeks usually) than usual and faces difficulty in passing stool. Unhealthy eating practices, inadequate sleep, sedentary lifestyle and stressful life are some of the common triggers for constipation.

What Triggers Constipation?

  • Not getting enough fluids
  • Lack of fiber in daily diet
  • Lack of physical activity
  • Laxative abuse
  • Travel-related constipation
  • Advancing age
  • Medical conditions and certain medications
  • Emotional factors such as depression or anxiety

How Would You Know If You Have Constipation?

  • In case of constipation, you may have hard, dry, or lumpy stools.
  • You may also experience strained and fewer than three bowel movements a week.
  • Pain or bleeding with bowel movement
  • Bloating and feeling of fullness

What Should You Do In Case Your Symptoms Worsen?

  • Constipation maybe followed by severe symptoms such as inability to defecate for more than 3 weeks.
  • Your doctor will ask you for your dietary habits and daily routine.
  • Based on the inputs, the problem generally does not require any medical diagnosis

What Are The Available Treatment Options?

  • Your doctor may inspect you physically and suggest a few over-the-counter medications that shall ease your bowel movement and aid the expulsion of stools.
  • You may be recommended to add fiber rich fruits (such as apples, avocadoes, papaya) and vegetables (such as broccoli, spinach, sweet potato and peas) to your daily diet.
  • You may also be suggested to increase the intake of water (7-8 glasses of luke warm water) throughout the day.
  • The treatment depends on the severity of constipation. As a first line treatment, the doctor will recommend you herbal remedies, dietary changes and herbal laxatives such as triphala or isabgol.
  • However, in severe conditions the doctor may recommend stool softeners, stimulants, lubricants and other bulk forming products.

Are There Any Natural Remedies For Constipation?

You can try these effective natural remedies to ease your symptoms:

1. Isabgol

Ingredients: Isabgol Water

Ways to Use:

You can take herbal laxative such as isabgol with a warm glass of water before going to sleep. It will improve the bowel and aid the excretion process.

2. Castor Oil

Ingredients: Castor Oil

Ways to Use:

It serves as one of the instant remedies to relieve constipation. You can consume castor oil (2 teaspoonful) orally during the daytime or before going to bed.

3. Triphala

Ingredients: Triphala Water

Ways to Use:

Triphala is one of the oldest ingredient from grandma’s recipe. You can have triphala (one-two teaspoons) with warm water every night before going off to sleep.

4. Baking Soda

Ingredients: Baking Soda Water

Ways to Use:

To a cup of warm water, add teaspoonful of baking soda and drink it before going to bed. It will help to relieve acidity, gas, also soften stools.

 

It is best to have a healthy fiber rich diet along with a generous amount of fluids such as water to improve your digestion. However, still if there times when you have a tight tummy, you may opt for herbal remedies to combat constipation naturally.

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