Suffering From Constipation? Remember These Four Things

ID-100146625Constipation is a common health problem. It is actually very difficult to define constipation. However, difficulty in bowel movement as well as hard stool and infrequent and irregular bowel movement can be considered constipation. In most of the cases of constipation, it is possible to manage constipation at home using available ingredients ate home. Here are the few things that can help you manage constipation on your own at home.

Fiber for constipation:

Inadequate quantity of fiber intake is the most common (and remediable) cause of constipation, especially in Western Countries. High fiber consumption is the most commonly used remedy for constipation. Most of the doctors also use fiber as their first line of management for constipation. Approximately 25-30 grams of fiber a day is recommended to prevent constipation. This amount of fiber can be easily found in 200-500 grams of fresh vegetables (such as spinach, pumpkin, cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli, carrot, asparagus etc.) and fruits. So, remember to eat fresh vegetables and fruits every day in meal if you want to prevent constipation. Do not forget to drink adequate water (2-3 liters a day) along with high fiber diet, to help to make the stool soft.

Probiotics for constipation:

Probiotics are bacteria (e.g. Lactobacillus, Bifidobacterium, Sacchromyces boulardi etc.) that are naturally present inside your intestine as commensal organisms. Probiotics promote digestion. Probiotics are available in supplements as well as in yogurt and some other foods. Probiotics can be of great help in relieving constipation, although some researchers do not recommend probiotics for constipation.

Herbs for constipation:

Herbal therapy is used for treatment of constipation for centuries. Numerous herbs are used in various cultures for constipation remedy, such as senna, aloe, isopgola, flaxseeds, fenugreek etc.

Castor oil for constipation:

Castor oil is commonly used as quick remedy for constipation. It has very good laxative properties. Because of its quick action, castor oil should not be used at bedtime, and should always be used during daytime. The taste of castor oil is not pleasant, which is a downside of this easily available home remedy for constipation. Overuse of castor oil should not be done, because it may lead to abuse of castor oil and dependency of castor oil for normal bowel movement.

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