All stopped up with no way to go? While we may joke about constipation, it is no laughing matter. Besides the obvious, there are the headaches, bloating and stomach pains to suffer.
Far beyond the discomfort of it however, constipation can bring with
it many health problems. Chronic constipation promotes precancerous
changes in colon cells. Bile acids and other toxins have more
opportunity to do damage to the cells, then if you were regular.
Constipation also leads to hemorrhoids. In addition to these problems, if chronic this illness can lower the bodies ability to absorb nutrition which can lead to numerous other problems.
So what causes constipation? The most common causes are too little
fiber, we drink too little water, and we get too little exercise...
yes, a sedentary lifestyle is a major contributor to chronic
Other causes are certain medications such as prescription and over
the counter pain medications and anti-depressants. Cold medicines and
decongestants are also a problem. Aluminum based antacids should be
avoided at all cost, and even calcium supplementation can be a problem
if you are not also getting enough magnesium to balance it.
Home remedies for constipation #1- Apples: We have all heard that an apple a day keeps the doctor away. Well, it will also go along way for keeping constipation at bay. Apples have both insoluble and soluble fiber. It is the first that will help with the bowel movements, but the other will form a gel in the intestines protecting the walls from bad cholesterol, (LDL), sticking to it as the waste moves through.
Home remedies for constipation #2-Berries have lots of insoluble fiber which draws lots of water to the bowels, not only making it softer, but heavier which allows it to move more quickly through the system. Berries also help prevent bowel acids from turning rancid leading to a cancerous form. Berries are also high in vitamin C which among other things promotes healthy, regular bowel movements.
Home remedies for constipation #3- Brown rice is good as a staple in your diet and is great for constipation. Its fiber draws large amounts of water making stool heavier and wetter so it moves quickly through your body.
Home remedies for constipation #4- Coffee: That`s right, a good ol' cup of joe will get you going in more then one way. It seems coffee stimulates the intestines making you use the restroom. More then 3 cups however, will have the opposite effect. While one or two cups will stimulate the intestines, more then that will rob the body of water, bringing on the constipation. Balance is key.
Home remedies for constipation #5- Deep breathing: Today most of us have forgotten how to breath. We do so short and shallow. This makes the body think it`s in a state of danger which triggers stress hormones.
These are useful if we are being chased by a lion or a mugger, but for most of us the over production of these hormones serves only to cause havic on many bodily functions including bowel movements.
Take 10 minutes a day to sit straight in a chair, close your eyes and breath deeply into your belly through your nose for a count of 4. Hold 4 and then breath out through your mouth for a count of 8. This daily deep breathing will help get many of your bodily functions moving again.
Home remedies for constipation #6- Exercise: If you are a couch potato you need to get moving if you want your bowels to do the same. Often the simple act of taking a 30 minute brisk walk is all that`s needed to get you going.... pun intended.
Home remedies for constipation #7- Honey: Lets sweeten things up a bit. That`s right, honey may be just what the doctor ordered. The sugar can stimulate bacteria in the intestines causing it to draw water which will aid in relieving the constipation. The treat may also lift your spirits which also helps.
Home remedies for constipation #8- Meditation can help with many area`s of our life. Take the time to quiet the mind. You will find it to be a refreshing break you look forward to.
Your mind controls all bodily functions. It used to be thought that some were automatic and could not be consciously controlled. The science of Bio-feedback has proven that to not be the case.
We can control even a single cell in out body of we learn how. Check out the section on this site for meditation and learn how to use the mind to consciously improve your health and bodily functions, including bowels.
Home remedies for constipation #9- Raisins: A tasty snack and a healthy addition in your fight against constipation. A couple of small hands full will give you 3-4 grams of fiber. Raisins also have a special acid that acts as a natural laxative.
Home remedies for constipation #10- Senna tea w/prunes: Senna is a herb you will find in most health food stores in ready made tea bags. Many drink the tea alone as a natural laxative.
But even more effective is to take five prunes and place them in a cup and enough hot water to cover the prunes. Place the senna tea bag in the water and brew 7 - 10 minutes. Refrigerate overnight and eat and drink all the next morning. One or two of these will usually get you going.
Home remedies for constipation#11- Spiritual and Relational: We often disconnect our health from the other aspects of our lives. Modern medicine has taught many of us that diagnosis and treatment are the pathway to health.
I believe balance and prevention is the most effective path to health. We get so caught up in our daily routines that we forget to take time to feed our spirits and our relationships with those that are important to us. While we may not relate these as being connected.
Find a spiritual faith or practice that you feel comfortable with and actively be involved every week with the people that share your same beliefs and values. Reconnect with those you love and make the effort to have a good relationship with those people.
I promise that the effort to actively participate in a spiritual faith of your choice along with building loving relationships with those that are important to you, will be one of the most important things you can do to achieve health including regular bowel movements.
Home remedies for constipation #12- Water: We often think of water as something unimportant in our daily diet. The truth is if you take a moment to think about it, this important nutrient makes up 70% of our body. You could live for weeks without food, but only days without water. It is a key component in active bowel movements. You should drink half your body weight in ounces of water daily.
Remember that all illness, no matter how trivial or serious, is an imbalance in the body, mind and spirit. By bringing back balance you can bring with it health, energy, happiness and life.
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