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Constipation Treatments: Home Remedies to treat constipation
Constipation affects almost everyone at one time or another. Constipation is when you have trouble having bowel movements. Constipation is defined as having a bowel movement fewer than three times per week. With constipation stools are usually hard, dry, small in size, and difficult to eliminate. Some people who are constipated find it painful to have a bowel movement and often experience straining, bloating, and the sensation of a full bowel. There are many home remedies available for successful constipation treatments.
Many people think they are constipated when, in fact, their bowel movements are regular. The most common causes of constipation are poor diet and lack of exercise. Other causes of constipation include medications, irritable bowel syndrome, abuse of laxatives, and specific diseases. Most people with mild constipation do not need laxatives. However, a doctor may recommend laxatives for a limited time for people with chronic constipation.
To stay healthy, people should watch what goes in to the body and more importantly what comes out of the body. The colon, also known as the large intestine, regulates the digestion and should be well taken care of. Constipation is one of the major problems that affect the colon. Straining during a bowel movement or a sense of not being completely empty following a bowel movement or a sense of blockage or lumpy or hard stool may be the symptoms of constipation. Having less than three bowel movements may also indicate constipation. It is very important that people have regular bowel movements to stay healthy.
Some statistical information:
Constipation is one of the most common gastrointestinal complaints in the United States. More than 4 million Americans have frequent constipation, accounting for 2.5 million physician visits a year. Those reporting constipation most often are women and adults ages 65 and older. Pregnant women may have constipation, and it is a common problem following childbirth or surgery. Self-treatment of constipation with over-the-counter (OTC) laxatives is by far the most common aid. Around $725 million is spent on laxative products each year in America.
Home remedies for Constipation
Here are some quick and simple home remedies for constipation you can try to see if your constipation can be treated successfully before visiting your physician.
1. Drink a glass of warm milk before going to bed. You can use grandma's advice to treat constipation. Mix two teaspoons of castor oil in the milk and drink it before going to bed. Next day do not eat a lot of junk. Just have some soup and bread and simple carbohydrates. The next night you can have your meat. It is very effective. In case of constipation in children, dip the stalk of betal leaf in castor oil and can be mildly introduced in the rectum. This instantly relieves constipation and is an effective constipation treatment.
2. Try one teaspoon of corn syrup added to a glass of water to treat constipation.
3. Add some honey to a glass of milk or warm water and drink it once in the morning and once at night. This is an effective home remedy to treat constipation.
4. 1/2 cup olive oil and 1/2 cup orange juice will also help treat constipation.
5. Personally, a simple, inexpensive and effective way to treat constipation is Isabgol. Mix 3 teaspoons of Isabgol (psyllium husk) in water or milk or juice and drink it before going to bed. It is a bulking agent and softens the stool and next morning you will see the difference. I have written a separate and detailed hub on Isabgol and its excellent healing properties. You should read it if you re looking to treat your constipation with simple home based remedies with no side effects and no laxatives.
6. Triphala: Used in India for centuries, this is an effective home remedy to treat constipation. You can take this everyday even if you don't have constipation. It is a herbal remedy and has no side effects. Triphala combines the properties of a purgative laxative and a lubricating bulk laxative. It promotes good colon health and acts as a laxative without causing cramps or irritation. I will write a separate hub on Triphala soon as it is wonderful and everyone should know about it. It is available in many Indian grocery stores or in Amazon.
7. Eat a lot of fruits. Generally fruits are beneficial in constipation treatments. Apples, oranges, guavas, grapes, prunes are all great. Avoid bananas and jack fruit as they bulk up dry stools even more.
Whether you have constipation or not, you should always do the following to have regular bowel movements and to stay healthy.
- Drink plenty of liquids. Consume 8 to 10 glasses of water and drink more in summer.
- Eat a well-balanced, high-fiber diet that includes beans, bran, whole grains, fresh fruits, and vegetables.
- Exercise regularly.
- Have your bowel movements at a standard set time everyday. Do not skip it because you are running late to work or for any other reason.
- Do not ignore the urge to have a bowel movement.
This article is for general information only and should not be taken as medical advice. Consult your medical doctor to see if this will work for you.