Constipation happens to most of us at some time or another in varying degrees of severity. However, many people frequently misdiagnose constipation in themselves. The definition of constipation is having fewer than 3 bowel movements a week combined with the dry, hard, small and difficult to pass stool it produces.
Many people don’t have bowel movements every day, and some people have several a day. Whatever your body is in the habit of is considered normal for you. However if your normal habit is interrupted and it has been several days along with suffering some of these symptoms, you may be constipated. It can be annoying, painful and distressing, cause bloating, general malaise and a number of other health issues.
Preventing constipation before it happens is a much better solution but is not always possible. Constipation is generally brought on by one or all of many reasons including not enough fluid intake or dehydration, improper diet, medication, change in daily routines, lack of exercise and ignoring the urge. Medical conditions may also play a role in chronic constipation and it is always best to discuss this with your doctor and work with him to find the best solution.
When treating constipation it is best to start with the least intrusive, mildest natural remedies for constipation before delving into over the counter laxatives and other constipation remedies which can have negative effects if over used. Drinking plenty of water and fruit juices is an effective way to begin solving how to relieve constipation. This is also good advice for every day prevention. Keep your body hydrated and your system flushed out of toxins and waste. Along with plenty of fluids, your body needs a proper diet. Try to include in your daily meals good portions of fruits and vegetables. The natural fibre in these foods adds bulk to the waste and provides natural elimination.
Your body needs to be active to maintain an active digestive system. Exercising daily or even a short walk every day or a few times a week can greatly improve your bowel’s and intestinal tract’s motility. Don’t ignore the urge to have a bowel movement if it’s at all possible. Those who have regular routines in their daily activity and make time when the urge hits are less likely to suffer constipation.
Maybe you will need to resort to other natural home remedies for constipation. You could try adding a tablespoon of corn syrup to a glass of warm water or some honey to a glass of milk twice a day. Add a couple of spoons of flax seed into your daily diet either in a smoothie or to top off a bowl of cereal first thing in the morning. An old tried and true stand by for laxative effects is a bowl of prunes or a glass of prune juice. Another solution is to add aloe vera to your daily diet in either juice form or capsule supplements.
Psyllium fibre is an excellent natural way to get rid of constipation. It can be purchased in bulk from health food stores or you can find on the shelf products which contain it specifically made to treat constipation.
In the end you may need to resort to over the counter laxatives. If the constipation is severe enough you should first discuss this with your doctor. There are numerous laxatives available at your pharmacy and drug stores which work in different ways to provide relief. Some may increase the motility of the colon and digestive tract while others supply fluids to the stool to help it pass easier. Whichever you choose to try, do not let your system become dependant on these laxatives. Your bowels after awhile will become lazy and will not function properly on their own.
If you suffer frequently from constipation or from chronic constipation it is best to discuss the problem with your doctor. There could be an underlying medical condition that is causing it which you may not be aware of and you will need his advice and possible treatment.
Most constipation can be treated very easily and the quicker you take care of it the better you will feel.