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Easy Treatments for Constipation

Updated on February 13, 2013

We've all been burdened with the symptoms of constipation, somehow. Well, at least most of us had.

Constipation is very common in many households. It’s not surprising really, especially with the oily foods, fatty acids and low fiber diet that we have been eating.

And who’s to blame? The food industry has been so generous to make these foods cheap and accessible. Might as well embrace this gastrointestinal disorder as a way of life and hope for the best.

Causes of constipation

Constipation is a problem for people one or more of the following conditions:

  • Low fluid intake
  • Low fiber diet
  • Sedentary lifestyle
  • High fatty diet
  • High intake of dairy products

If you are to eat dairy products have them with fiber at least (e.g. baked spinach with cheese).

  • High stress levels
  • Disrupted schedule of bowel movement
  • Irregular bowel movement
  • Pregnant
  • Under certain medications
  • With medical condition

To some constipation is a chronic ailment that is triggered with any of causes of constipation mentioned above.

The difficulty of extracting bowels arise when our wastes become too hard and dry that they find it difficult to pass through our colons. Weak abdominal muscles may also contribute constipation if it fails to help the mobility of our waste out of our system.

Home treatments for constipation

Because the causes of constipation are mostly evident, it can be treated or avoided with simple lifestyle changes.

Such includes:

1. Drinking water more often. Not only can water soften hardened bowels, it also helps in moving them along. If you are barely drinking water, it will be difficult for the body to extract its toxic wastes.

2. Add fruits and vegetable to your diet. Fiber and water can help move bowels. Fruits and vegetables contain generous amounts or soluble and insoluble fibers. Insoluble fibers are not digested further by the body. They will exit our system together with the other waste products from the foods we eat.

3. Stay away from oily foods. Fatty foods like burgers and pizza are likely to be low in fiber.

4. Cinnamon, hot coco, ginger tea and honey can stimulate waste passage to some people. It’s important though that you should go attend to your “business” when the bowels begin to move. Never miss an opportunity to go.

5. Exercise as often as you can. This promotes stronger muscles that will help eliminate wastes when need be. Running, jogging, planking and push-ups are some of the exercises that can help.


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      beingwell 4 years ago from Bangkok

      Sure thing nate!

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      Nathan Bernardo 4 years ago from California, United States of America

      This is very solid advice. I've had digestive problems since I was a kid, and I notice eating more fibrous foods helps, vegetables and fruits, and the dairy products and fatty foods make the problem worse. I also agree that spices like cinnamon are very healthy with many benefits. Need to drink lots of water, very true. Thanks for the information, very helpful.

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      beingwell 4 years ago from Bangkok

      Thanks peggy! Whenever I'm having trouble with bowel movements, vegetables really really help! hihihi...

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      What you said is true about drinking more water, eating our fruits and vegetables and exercising in order to avoid being constipated. Those are natural remedies which are also good for us in other ways. Up and useful votes.

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      beingwell 5 years ago from Bangkok

      Correct, noel. Self-discipline goes a long way for us.

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      beingwell 5 years ago from Bangkok

      Thanks urmi!

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      Urmila 5 years ago from Rancho Cucamonga,CA, USA

      Well said. Thanks. Voted up!

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      beingwell 5 years ago from Bangkok

      That's right lasertek!

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      beingwell 5 years ago from Bangkok

      Sometimes, eating a LOT of peanuts can help with constipation too. Well, that's based on my personal experience. haha!!

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      lovedoctor926 5 years ago

      This is very good information on the causes and prevention of constipation. Certain foods such as peanut butter, chocolate and too much red meat can aggravate the condition. Voted up useful!