Today, many people prefer natural remedies to relieve constipation. The benefits are natural and long-lasting because natural remedies, in the form of herbs, supplements, or nutrients approach the illness by addressing the root cause.
Unlike western medicine, eastern medicine, the other name for natural remedies (also called ayurvedic) does not treat to stop the symptoms. Before we discuss about how to stop constipation naturally, it is best to define what constipation is.
Constipation is a medical term given when you have trouble with bowel movements. During bowel movements, your stools are hard making them difficult to pass. In some cases, you experience pain in trying to pass your stools because you have to strain.
In some cases, people feel that they need to go back to the toilet again even after they had bowel movements. Constipation is caused by improper dietary habits, such as lack of green leafy vegetables or eating too much fast food. It may also due to lack of water intake.
In natural remedies, there are many ways to relieve constipation. You may have to make small adjustments in your lifestyle, diet and the use of herbal or natural laxatives.
If you do not include regular exercises in your daily regimen, you should. Exercises have a positive effect in your bodily activities. They help you get rid of the harmful toxins from your system. And they stimulate the colon to function properly.
When you sweat during exercises, you burn unnecessary fats and moving lymph liquid around your cells into the blood. This removes toxins, which are excreted through your colon. The less toxic your body the better it functions.
With regular exercises, you rarely have constipation. Regular exercises should become a lifestyle because its benefits are not restricted to treatment and prevention of constipation; it contributes to your overall wellness.
Because constipation can also be caused by unhealthy eating it is wise to avoid or minimize your intake of such foods. To relieve constipation, minimize eating processed foods such as white and refined foods or foods that have little fiber.
Foods that are high in saturated fats can add to your chances of constipation. You should reduce the consumption of cheese, ice cream, fatty meats, chips, pizzas and whole milk. Also, reduce your consumption of excess sugar, caffeine, alcohol, and cola drinks.
If you do not like vegetables, you need to learn how to eat them. Previously, foods that were rich in fiber were among the prohibited foods. However, today, thanks to medical enlightenment, fiber actually helps in bowel movements.
Foods that should be included in your daily menu are ripe fruits, fresh green leafy vegetables, whole grain products, cereals, seeds and brown rice. You can make fruit smoothies to get fiber. Eating healthy oils like flax and olive do not only help relieve constipation; they also lubricate your colon.
Drink plenty of water because fiber-rich foods absorb water, adding bulk to your stools, thereby making them softer and easier to pass.
Herbal laxatives help relieve constipation. Laxative teas from passionflower, aloe Vera, senna, buckthorn, rhubarb, and cascara sagrada are known to stop constipation. Remember though that while senna laxative can be bought as an over-the-counter product, it is meant for short-term treatments.
Unless you are under medical supervision, you are advised not to have such laxative teas or over-the-counter products longer than one to two weeks. They may help relieve constipation, but excessive use can make you addictive to them.