Constipation is a condition in which there is difficulty in emptying the bowels, usually associated with hardened faces. Constipation can strike everyone, no matter their age, gender or health but it is unlikely to strike people with a good, healthy and balanced diet.
Constipation is a wide-spread medical condition, especially in the Western World. It is something that people often do not get help for, or treatment, because they feel shame. People often leave it for far too long before getting help.
Why do people get Constipated?
- Not drinking enough fluids.
- Not eating a well-balanced diet.
- A sudden change in diet.
- Too much alcohol.
- Inconsistent eating.
- No exercise.
All of the above can lead to the movement of food waste being inhibited as it makes its way through the digestive tract.
How does one know if they are Constipated?
- Less than three bowel movements per week.
- Hard and dry stool.
- Inconsistent stool.
- It is hard to pass a bowel movement.
- Excessive straining.
- Feeling bloated and uncomfortable.
- Never feeling like your bowels are empty.
One can also have stomach cramps, nausea, excessive gas, lethargy and depression.
There is medication that one can take for constipation and to prevent constipation, but it is always best to try a natural remedy first.
Top natural remedies for constipation
- Prune juice.
- Take a walk.
- Regular exercise.
- A teaspoon of olive oil.
- A tablespoon of flaxseed oil.
- Plain yoghurt.
- Dandelion tea.
- Coconut oil.
- Blackstrap Molasses, in hot water or tea.
- Fresh fruit, vegetables and a high fibre diet.
- Aloe vera or aloe gel.
Prune juice is the most popular home remedy and is also the most well-known. Eat a few prunes a day, dried or stewed, and your stomach should work on a regular basis.
It cannot be stressed how important water is. It flushes out your system. It keeps you hydrated. It keeps you regular. It’s healthy. It’s important for mental health. And good moods. And it keeps you from being constipated.
We mentioned coconut oil above. Coconut oil should be a Superfood. It’s being used for everything today and it is really healthy to eat a teaspoon a day. Make sure it is good organic coconut oil you are using. You can use it for your skin, your hair, for aches and pains, and – to prevent or to help constipation.
If you have tried all the above, and you constipation is severe and bothering you, see a Doctor or talk to your pharmacist. There is medication that you can take and you may need a laxative or two to get you going and regular again. You may need an enema, but you may also need further health tests. Constipation can be a sign or something else that is wrong.
Be aware of your health. Everything works together. Eat well, drink well, sleep well and exercise well and it is unlikely you will be constipated.
Do you know that feeling of travelling and not being able to sleep in a hotel or a foreign bed? It may take a few days before your body clock is back to normal and you are comfortable with your new abode. It can be exactly the same with your bowels. Sometimes travelling throws everything out of sync. Your sleep, your body, your mood.
Be aware that with travel you may not be in the same rhythm as at home. Be prepared. Eat fruit. Eat vegetables. Get plenty of fibre in your diet.
And most importantly, drink.
Talk about it
Do not be afraid to mention your constipation. We now know that almost everyone suffers from this at some time or another. Or regularly. There is no need to feel shame. It’s your body. Look after it. And be proud of it.