Find out the simple ways to deal with constipation
Constipation is something we all have gone through sometime or the other in life. Though the main cause of constipation is eating too much processed food and low intake of fibre-rich diet and water, it can also be caused by a number of other reasons like a change in your daily routine, medicines etc. Whatever be the reason, it is a painful thing though not many people visit a doctor when they suffer from constipation, may be out of embarrassment or may be because they think it is too trivial a reason. But then, if not treated well in time, constipation can be bad for health, after all passing stool is a way of throwing waste material out of the body.
Chronic constipation can cause hemorrhoids (swollen and inflamed veins in the rectum and anus that cause discomfort and bleeding), anal fissures (small tear in the lining of the anus), rectal prolapse ( the rectum loses its normal attachments inside the body), faecal incontinence (lack of control over defecation, leading to involuntary loss of bowel contents), and bloody stools.
We have listed here some home remedies for treating constipation:
Olive Oil and Lemon Juice
Mix of one tablespoon of olive oil and the juice of half a lemon and drink it with a glass of warm water. Olive oil is a laxative and helps increase the water content in stool and lubricates bowel movements while the citric acid in lemon stimulates the digestive system.
Add two teaspoons of Epsom salt to 250ml of water and drink it. You may have another does after four hours if there is no bowel movement.
Epsom salt softens the stool, making it easier to pass out of the body. The magnesium in Epsom, helps contract bowel muscles, enabling the body to excrete comfortably.
Drink 15ml of pure castor oil (cooled in the fridge) or mixed with a glass of juice the first thing in the morning. Applying three-four drops of lukewarm castor oil over the navel at night also helps in easy passage of stool in the morning.
Castor oil contains ricinoleic acid which causes intestinal muscles to contract and eliminate stools from the body.
But people under any sort of medication or pregnant women should consult the doctor before drinking castor oil.
Ginger Mint Tea
Add mint and ginger to tea while it is brewing. Mint helps relax the digestive muscles due to its anti-spasmodic properties and ginger boosts a sluggish digestive system.
Figs And Honey
Soak three dried figs and three almonds in water for 3-4 hours, peel the almonds and grind the figs and almonds to make a paste, and consume this with a spoon of honey at night.
Figs are rich in dietary fiber and hence improve bowel movement.
Add more fruits to your diet like pears, grapes, orange and papaya. Guava when eaten with seeds provides adequate roughage to diet and can give relief from constipation. Similarly, apples when consumed with the peels on an empty stomach help remove constipation.
Soak six-eight raisins in hot water. Allow the water to cool. Then crush the raisins well and consume this preparation. With this remedy, one has to be very regular.
Eat three-four tea spoons of Isabgol husk with warm water or warm milk before going to sleep at night. Isabgol contains both soluble and insoluble fiber which makes it a good cure for constipation.