Constipation is one topic that makes everyone uncomfortable, especially if you are suffering from it. Constipation, a common disturbance of the digestive system, is something that most of us have suffered from or will at some point in our life. For those that have yet experienced this, it is when the bowels do not move regularly or empty completely even when they do move.
Your stool may become very hard, which makes it very difficult to eliminate and causing you to strain, which then causes even more discomfort. The causes of constipation vary and most are not a sign of anything serious unless your constipation is chronic.
Some causes include changing your diet, changing your physical activity and not consuming adequate fluids or the wrong fluids. If the constipation does not go away, it is possible that it can progress to other health problems as the toxins in your body get backed up. So to prevent this, there are some home remedies that can be done with no to very minimal side effects.
Drink Away Your Worries
One home treatment that I have tried is red wine. Not that we are advocating alcohol use, but red wine does have a cleansing property to it. Another very simple yet effective home remedy for constipation is something that is similar to what they use to use in the hospital – soap. The recommended application can be done in the shower, during washing you lather the appropriate area and then wait to rise off for a minute or two. You should discover that after leaving the shower, you should have a bowel movement and it should be much easier with less strain.
The Power of Fruit
There are other natural or herbal treatments that are also very effective. Pears are very good at treating constipation. If you are a chronic sufferer, consider adding pears to your daily diet. For the occasional sufferer, one medium sized pear after dinner or breakfast will help get the bowels moving along.
Grapes and prunes are also very beneficial in alleviating constipation. They create a laxative effect due to the combination of cellulose, sugar and organic acid found in these fruits. Not only will they help with treating constipation but they also help tone up the stomach and intestine to help alleviate chronic constipation. Papaya and figs are fruits that are also wonderful home remedy choices for constipation. It takes just a half a papaya eaten with breakfast to work as a laxative. Both fresh and dried figs also work as a laxative.
You Want Me To Drink What?
Of course, we cannot forget the infamous home remedy for constipation that is even used with infants. That would be castor oil in warm milk. Or I have also found that adding a little karo syrup to warm milk will also help get the bowels moving and it taste better. Two teaspoons of aloe can also be consumed per day as a home remedy to relieve constipation.
Pound The Pavement
If none of these sound appealing to you, there is really no replacement for drinking a couple glasses of water and getting yourself out the door to go for a walk. One of the number one causes of constipation is immobility and the other dehydration. Your body needs fluids and movement to remain healthy. That includes our bowels.
Source by Amy B