Constipation is a very common issue which can happen to everyone, regardless of age, gender or health. However, it’s less likely to happen to people who follow healthy eating regimens.
In the West, people suffer from this condition frequently, but they rarely seek help or get treatment because they feel ashamed and leave it untreated for longer, usually leading to more serious problems.
Why do people get Constipated?
- Insufficient fluids.
- Not eating a well-balanced diet.
- A sudden change in diet.
- Excess alcohol.
- Inconsistent eating.
- Lack of exercise.
The abovementioned factors can all lead to difficulty in emptying the bowels and constipation.
How do you know if you’re constipated?
- Less than three bowel movements per week.
- Hard and dry stool.
- Inconsistent stool.
- Difficulties passing a bowel movement.
- Excessive straining.
- Feeling like your bowels are never empty.
Constipation can also cause stomach cramps, nausea, flatulence, lethargy and depression. There are a number of drugs available which can resolve this issue but natural alternatives are always better. Some of the best natural choices for this condition are:
- Prune juice.
- Frequent walks.
- Regular exercise.
- 1 tsp. of olive oil.
- 1 tbsp. of flaxseed oil.
- Plain yoghurt.
- Dandelion tea.
- Coconut oil.
- Blackstrap Molasses, in a cup of hot water or tea.
- Fresh fruit, vegetables and a high fiber diet.
- Aloe Vera or aloe gel.
One of the most effective home remedies for constipation is prune juice. If you have difficulties in this area eat a few dry prunes a day and your bowel movement should return to normal.
Water is another factor that influences bowel movement significantly. It hydrates your body and keeps everything in check. 8-10 glasses of water are recommended for optimal health.
We also mentioned coconut oil and it’s no wonder it’s considered a Superfood. It can be used for everything today and just one tablespoon of good organic coconut oil a day can be really health beneficial. You can use it for your skin, your hair, for aches and pains, and – to prevent or to help constipation.
If you have tried everything and still to no use, maybe you should consult a doctor and see what’s wrong. You may need to take a laxative which can help you get regular again. You may need also need an enema, but further medical tests are needed before you go through with it. Constipation can be a sign that something else is wrong so it’s best you check it with your doctor.