Constipation can be an acute or chronic problem. Natural remedies are quite effective for either type of constipation. It is important to relieve constipation and then figure out the root cause of constipation to prevent it in the future. Solving a chronic constipation problem will often solve other health issues as well, in addition to the general feeling of well being experienced when ones digestion is regular.
Symptoms of Constipation
Constipation is usually defined as dry, hard and infrequent bowel movements. Infrequent bowel movements are not only uncomfortable, they can cause secondary health problems including hemorrhoids. Because regular bowel movements help rid the body of toxins and waste, infrequent bowel movements mean that the toxins and waste are remaining in the body.
There are many home treatments to effectively relieve constipation. It is likely that you have many of these home remedies in the kitchen right now.
Home Remedies for Constipation
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Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar is one of our most versatile remedies, and it is just as effective for treating constipation. Apple cider vinegar helps reestablish a balanced pH in the body while supplementing important nutrients like magnesium to restore regularity.
Sea Salt Cleanse
Sea salt can be used to relieve constipation, usually within hours. This remedy requires only a high quality salt, some pure water, and close proximity to the rest room.
Constipation – Finding the Cause
There may be many contributing factors to constipation. You will need to evaluate your own situation and experiment with different solutions to figure out how to keep your system regular.
Inadequate water intake is a common cause of constipation. Your body needs plenty of pure water to work well. If you do not have enough water, hard, dry stools can result. You should be drinking plenty of water or herbal tea daily – about 1/2 your body weight, in ounces each day. Soda pop, energy drinks, and milk do not count towards this amount. Adding a small pinch of water, a splash of lemon juice, or a capful of apple cider vinegar will increase the health value of the water you drink.
Lack of exercise can contribute to chronic constipation. Try taking the stairs instead of an elevator. Jump on a rebounder while watching television. Take a walk in the sunshine during your lunch break. Play frisbee with your children or neighbors.
Check the side effects of your medications. Some medications, including pain medication, blood pressure medication, cold medications and antidepressants can cause constipation. Ask your doctor about alternatives to your current medication if you think this may be contributing to your constipation problem.
Modern toilets do not put the body in the most conducive position for evacuation. A step stool for your feet when you are using toilet can help with this problem.
Stress can bring your digestive system to a halt. Travel, a change in diet, lack of sleep and different water can all contribute to a slow down of your digestive system. For this cause, magnesium may be the solution. It relaxes the body and the colon.
Modern diets contribute greatly to the common problem of chronic constipation. Fast foods, processed foods, excessive dairy consumption can and do cause constipation in many people. Sometimes adding one or two specific foods to your diet can improve the situation greatly. Others will find that a significant overhaul of the diet is needed to correct constipation and companion health problems. Even the popular high protein/low carb diets that have helped many with chronic health problems have a side effect of constipation.
Constipation Relieving Foods
Try adding one or more of the following foods to your diet and see if it brings your relief:
- oat bran
- legumes (chickpeas, pinto beans, black beans)
In general, fruits and vegetables are a help to constipation. Meats, processed foods and dairy products, especially in large amounts tend to be constipating.
As aforementioned, water is very important. Other helpful liquids for constipation are juices, including apple juice, apple cider, and prune juice. Even coffee in moderation can be helpful for constipation.
Give one of our favorite home remedies a try and let us know how it works for you, or let us know how your restore regularity in your home. See below for an incredible number of natural constipation remedies and positive responses from our audience. These folk cures can help address everything from constipation pain and tenderness in the abdomen to the toxic whole-health effects that can result from a case of severe constipation.