constipation remedies

Natural constipation remedies

Today we are going to discuss a very common condition called  constipation.   About 1 in 50 people experience constipation, and although it is more common in women and elder it can happen to anyone of any age.  So what is constipation anyway?
Constipation is classified as a chronic condition and refers to trouble with bowel movements. A bowel movement is the end of the digestive tract.  It occurs after foods nutrients have been absorbed and the food has been ground up.  A bowel movement occurs in the large intestine and normally occurs anywhere from 2-3 times a day to 2-3 times a week depending on the person.  If the large intestine is too slow and results in a bowel movement occurring less than 2 times a week you are considered constipated.
There is another cause t0 constipation not relating to the bowel movement being too slow which  is called “small bowel obstruction” (SBO), also refered too as a bowel blockage.  A bowel blockage is classified by the National Institute of Health as a partial or full obstruction of the small intestine.  This, and a large bowel obstruction (bowel blockage in the large intestine) can cause constipation but it can also cause much more serious conditions so if you have any of the following symptoms call your doctor immediately, or head to the emergency room immediately:

  • Cramping in the stomach area
  • frequent vomiting
  • bilging
  • Sever Constipation
  • dysentery (diarrhea)


If you do have a Small Bowel obstruction, most often it will require surgery to remove.  However these are very rare, and do not happen to most people.  Now that you have an adequate understanding of what constipation is, you can better understand the triggers and most common causes of constipation.
The following are common causes of constipation and an explanation as too why they cause constipation, and how to get rid of constipation where applicable:

  • Dehydration:
    • Explanation: When the remnants of the digested food reach the large intestine they have too move through at a timely pace to keep the amount of bowel movements at a safe number this process requires water.  Water acts as a natural grease to speed up the process which ultimately prevents “backups”
    • Solution: Drink more water the average adult should consume between 9 and 13 cups of water daily
  • lack of Fiber
    • Explanation: Fiber, is one of the most interesting substances because it is not assimilated by the body but passes through as a hard substance pushing food out faster and brushing off the bits and pieces.
    • Solution: Eat more fiber, fiber is contained in fruits and vegetables.  Also I recommend a product similar to Fiber one.  This is a great way to increase fiber intake.
  • Anything that effects your eating:  This includes eating disorders, traveling, jet lag, or anything of similarity.
    • Explanation: This requires several different explanations: let’s break it down
      • Eating Disorders: Please consult a nutritionist each case is individual
      • Jet Lag: Your body is trained not to relieve itself why you are sleeping, for good reason of course, however when your bowel movement is taking place you are sleeping which prevents you from relieving yourself causing constipation.
    • Solution: Unique to situation
constipation remedies

These and other factors are most often the cause to constipation and the symptoms that accompany it.  There are also many other causes, and triggers that can be identified when assessed by a personal health care professional.  Here are the symptoms of constipation:

  • Infrequent bowel movements
  • Symptoms of SOB (a constipation trigger) listed again below (for your convenience):

 

    • Cramping in the stomach area
    • frequent vomiting
    • bilging
    • Sever Constipation
    • dysentery (diarrhea)

If you have any of the above symptoms of constipation.  You should call your doctor and telCl him or her about any signs of constipation you experienced.  However you should keep in mind that constipation is not considered a serious medical problem, so unless it has occurred for more than two weeks I would not recommend seeing your doctor.  After 2 weeks your doctor may perform a blood test to check for traits such as a hormonal in balance which could hint at a more serious, and possibly life threatening medical problem, although this is the case in very few patients.

Constipation Remedies; When it comes to constipation, some will urge you too use laxatives but I strongly object to this, you see laxatives do all the work for your colons and after a while, without any work to do your colons will get weaker and your stool will get harder and in some rare but existent cases your colon will cease to function at all.  However this does not mean going against medical advice.  The following constipation remedies should be sufficient:

  1. Fiber: As mentioned recently fiber is a great constipation remedy that will help the food move through faster and bowel movements occur more frequently dissolving your constipation.
  2. Water: Worth mentioning again water is one of the best things for constipation because, very often it is cause by dehydration and water is an easy fix.
  3. Magnesium: Yes, you read that right, in a recent study low magnesium levels were associated with constipation.  Recently, several people claim that in taking more magnesium is a great, new, home remedy for constipation.

This article is for informational, and educational purposes only. The Contents are not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of a qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding anything relate to your personal medical information.

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