Find out more about how you can prevent and treat constipation at home. Natural ways to eat, live and cure your health problems…
If you frequently have constipation, you will know that it can be a very painful and uncomfortable business. Everyone gets constipated sometimes, usually as a result of something you’ve eaten… But if you get constipation frequently, or constipation that lasts more than a few days, you should certainly take a look at your diet and lifestyle to see if there is anything you can do about this.
You should also, certainly, visit your doctor to rule out any more serious causes of constipation, before tackling the problem yourself with natural remedies.
If you have constipation, you may instinctively reach for the laxatives. This is fine for occasional constipation, but if you find yourself using laxatives to soothe your constipation on a regular basis, you may be doing yourself more harm than good. Frequent use can make your body dependent on laxatives to function properly, meaning you need to use more and more to get an effect. Thankfully, a look at your diet and lifestyle, and wise use of some very effective natural constipation remedies can really help with your constipation problem…
Let’s take a look at why constipation happens… The most common cause of constipation is insufficient fiber or fluid in the diet. Another quite common cause is IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome). Other causes may be excessive meat or dairy produce in the diet, lack of exercise, ‘holding it in’, food allergies and intolerances, stress or anxiety, pregnancy, bowel conditions, reactions to over use of laxatives, or other medications.
The easiest natural constipation remedies start with your diet. Make sure you include plenty of fiber in your diet. Choose wholegrain bread, and wholewheat pasta, and brown rice. Eat lots of fresh fruit and veg, and avoid pre-packaged cakes, pastries, biscuits etc. Some foods are gentle natural aids to get things started. Try foods like figs, prunes, stewed rhubarb and apricot.
You should certainly make sure that you drink plenty of fluids. Water is best, and avoid alcohol, milk or caffeine. Hot water and lemon is a really useful way to start the morning, to keep yourself regular.
Looking at your lifestyle; you should try to do a little moderate exercise every day, just a gentle walk or stroll is a good place to start if you are not used to exercising. Also try to avoid stress and anxiety, or look into some relaxation techniques to allow your body to cope with stress more effectively.
Adjusting your diet and lifestyle is a good way of ensuring minimum problems with constipation. However, despite your good intentions, there will always be a day when you need natural constipation remedies… and the faster the better! There are quite a number of natural constipation remedies that you can try, varying from gently massaging the abdomen area to homeopathy, relaxation techniques and some very useful herbs.
Herbal remedies for constipation range from remedies which are easily found in any kitchen, such as cabbage, or milk and garlic, to fiber-providers such as Psyllium husks and flax seeds. You can also try herbal teas, and more ‘heavy duty’ herbs for very stubborn cases of constipation, such as senna or cascara.
Always remember to consult your healthcare provider before taking any decisions regarding your health.
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