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Introduction to Constipation

Not many people like talking about this particular topic.However, those who have experienced this know that it can sometimes be quite a nuisance.

Almost everyone gets constipated at least one time during their life time.

Constipation is a commongastrointestinal problem. People who experience constipation have rare bowelmovements, pass hard stools or strain during bowel movements. Fortunately,most cases of constipation are temporary, meaning that many peopleonly experience constipation for a short period of time with no lasting effectson their health. However, for others, it can be a chronic condition thatcauses considerable pain and discomfort. This can also lead to complications,such as faecal impaction (when dry, hard stools collect in one’s rectum) orfaecal incontinence (when one leaks liquid stools).

Causes

The root cause of constipation is that the stool becomeshard and dry, or the muscle contractions in one’s bowels are too slow. Also, apelvic floor dysfunction (the muscles of the colon are not coordinated) may bethe cause.

In most cases, the factors that may lead to intestinalslowing include: irritable bowel syndrome, low-fiber diet, dehydration, lack ofphysical activity, abuse of laxatives, changes of lifestyle, hormonaldisturbances, certain medications (such as pain killers, etc.), an illness,etc.

The common symptoms of constipation include: passing fewerthan three stools a week, straining more that normally during bowel movements, experiencinghard stools, swollen abdomen, pain, etc.

If this state has lasted for more than three weeks, oneshould consult a doctor, because it can cause other complications, such as, hemorrhoids, rectal prolapsed, etc.

Remedies for Constipation

Even if one goes to the doctor’s, he will also recommendthat the person include several changes into their lifestyle and diet. In mostcases, this will be enough to relieve one’s symptoms. Many have tried thesesimple changes, and they have been proven to be quite effective.

The following remedies are simple and efficient:

Before each meal, one should swallow a teaspoon oflinseeds with water.In the morning, a glass of orange juice adds to theefficiency of other constipation remedies.A very old remedy for constipation, castor oil, is notonly used for constipation, but for other stomach disorders. The recommendeddosage is two or four tablespoons in the morning.Carrot juice taken with spinach juice is used as animmediate relief from constipation.Also, one of the simplest remedies is drinking half a cupof cabbage juice twice a day.Drinking a lot of water is a requirement for a regularbowel movement. Experts recommend six to eight glasses of water per day.Boiling a handful of seedless dry grapes, then chewing thegrapes and drinking the milk separately before bedtime is also effective whentrying to get rid of constipation.One should also eat figs dipped in water in the morning eachday for the best results.Although many may fell that laxatives will give them therelief that they want, they have many side-effects and doctors do not recommendfrequent use. Instead, one should try these natural remedies, which are quick,effective, an devoid of any side-effects.

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