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Treatment of Constipation

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Treatment of Constipation

Constipation is no respecter of persons. In fact, more than 50% of us suffer from constipation at some time or other – man, woman and child. At its worst, constipation is one of the most unpleasant and uncomfortable of conditions. It should not be ignored.

If you are experiencing difficulties with your bowel movements, finding it hard to defecate, or defecating only a few times a week (irregularity), then you are probably suffering from constipation.

The causes of constipation are numerous. Some are dietary (usually lack of fibre), some are medical (diverticulosis, irritable bowel syndrome, colon cancer). Whatever the cause, it is important to address this most unpleasant of problems immediately.


Digestive Tract

The principal function of the digestive system, once the beneficial substances have been assimilated into the body from foods, is to remove the unwanted waste that is left behind. Because harmful toxins can develop in this waste, thus damaging the body, it is essential that they are effectively eliminated. Failure to do so results in constipation.


Constipation = Problems
So how do we tackle the problem of constipation?

Time for Action – Diet

Diet is the fast-track route to a healthy digestive system. A healthy diet is the way to avoid constipation. A healthy diet is way to cure constipation. While off the shelf remedies from your pharmacy may have their place in the war against constipation, and a detoxification and colon cleanse can be very valuable as a preventative and as a treatment, the battle can first and effectively be fought in your kitchen at home, along with a few tweaks to your lifestyle.


The Kitchen is the Armoury in the Battle against Constipation

The modern diet and lifestyle is the enemy of a healthy digestive system, and the root cause of many peoples’ constipation. Almost all of us drink too little water, take too little fibre and too little exercise, whilst pigging out on processed foods and starch and lazing around, the very things that are bad for us.

So, more water, more fibre, more exercise!


Fibre
Most fruits, vegetables and cereals are rich in fibre. A guideline amount is 20 to 30g per day. The addition of wheat bran products to your diet will also help to soften your stools making them easier to pass (these are known as bulking agents - ispaghula husk is also recommended). Remember, regular fibre will keep you regular, and banish constipation.
Water
You should aim to drink about two litres of water a day (6 to 8 glasses). Avoid fizzy water, as this will tend to bloat you. Still bottled or tap water is quite sufficient. Life is a bowl of cherries? Well a bowl of lemons would be better! Squeeze the juice of a lemon into a glass of warm water and drink, avoiding the addition of sugar. This will work wonders for your constipation.
The spice of life!
Incredible as it may sound the judicious use of herbs and spices in your food can help tackle the curse of constipation. Mother Nature is here to heal! Cumin coriander and turmeric are all good aids to digestion, easing the absorption of foods into your body – use them imaginatively in your cooking, they are colourful and taste good too! Rhubarb, Dandelion and Kelp are also the enemies of constipation, facilitating bowel movement. Off the shelf Senna, Milk Thistle and Aloe Vera also work their magic.
Exercise
There’s no getting away from it! If you lead a particularly sedentary lifestyle, then constipation will be tapping you on the shoulder. Get out of that chair, get on your feet, and get walking! You don’t have to join the gym to exercise; just regular walking will help keep you regular. Not only that, it will benefit you in a myriad of other health ways too.


So remember the Trinity!
Water, Fibre, Exercise
And you will have constipation on the run



Constipation Children

As with adults, it is important that children have a well balanced diet, if they are to avoid constipation. Fresh fruit and vegetables, wholemeal bread and pasta and soy milk should be part of this diet, and the avoidance of ‘junk foods’, high in starches, sugars and salts is essential. And remember that children – often far more active than adults – need lots of liquids too, to avoid dehydration. The establishment of a toilet routine can also be useful in banishing constipation in the young. Try to introduce a stress free regularity to their toilet regime. And don’t hurry them! Children need time to pass their stools. Make toileting part of a recognised regime, a natural part of their day.


Constipation Babies

Babies, once they are taking solid food, still need plenty of liquid. This can be given in the form water or diluted fruit juices. Fruit is generally important in their diet and it can be chopped or pureed, according to their stage of development. It is an essential ingredient in the war against constipation. Most fruits are good, but berries such as strawberries and raspberries are particularly good. Other appropriate fruits include apples and apricots, prunes and plums, grapes peaches and pears. Babies cannot tell us how they are feeling in the normal way, so it is important not to force feed them. Forcing a baby to eat against its will risks making mealtimes into a battlefield, and the infant may come to associate it negatively, thus opening a whole other can of worms. If your baby is still constipated, after the administration of a healthy diet, you may need to seek medical advice. As it is inappropriate to give babies bulk-forming laxatives, your doctor might prescribe an osmotic or stimulant laxative.


Still constipated? Then try that Colon Cleanse – you’ll feel like new!
Prevention is always better than cure


SO REMEMBER THE HOLY TRINITY IN THE FIGHT AGAINST CONSTIPATION
WATER, FIBRE, EXERCISE!

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