Everyone experiences constipation at some time in their lives, yet constipation isn’t something most people want to discuss or even think about. But if you are having bowel movements less than 3 times a week, you are most likely constipated. When a person is constipated, the stool will usually be dry, hard, small in size and difficult to eliminate when going to the bathroom.
The best approach to relieve constipation is to address some of the top reasons for the cause. Keep in mind that everyone is different, but in general, they include:
- Increased dietary intake of milk or milk products
- High-protein, low-fiber diets (most people should consume 25-35 grams of fiber per day)
- Lack of physical activity
- Inadequate intake of water or non-caffeinated beverages
- Overuse of laxatives
- Older age
- Putting off or continually delaying the urge to have a bowel movement
- Medical conditions such as hypothyroidism, diabetes and irritable bowel syndrome
- Colon or rectal concerns such as hemorrhoids
Natural Constipation Remedies
Most of the time, relief from constipation is simply solved by changing the way you eat and maintaining a healthy life style.
Fiber is the most important ingredient in your diet to stop constipation. Good sources of fiber are most fruits and vegetables, especially green leafy vegetables. In addition, beans and whole grain cereals are a good source of fiber. You should also limit foods that contain no fiber such as processed foods, cheese and meat. It is also imperative that you drink enough fluids; otherwise the fiber will be of no use. The best option is water. You should drink plenty of water daily.
There are also several natural home remedies for constipation. A simple one is to have a glass of warm water combined with two teaspoons of lime juice first thing in the morning. Flax seed is also an effective option. Take one or two tablespoons a day with plenty of water. Also, one of the most common ways to relieve constipation is to eat prunes or grapes on a regular basis.
If you have tried to maintain a fiber rich diet with plenty of fluids and still notice difficult or infrequent bowel movements or hardness of stools, you should talk to your physician to get the problem diagnosed.
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