Constipation, and many other digestive ailments, is often avoided in daily conversations and can be the cause of a great deal of embarrassment. There are many people who suffer from constipation who do not feel comfortable speaking with a healthcare professional due to it being a taboo topic of conversation.
If bathroom talk makes you uncomfortable, do not despair because there are numerous at-home remedies that will relieve the pain and symptoms of constipation.
First on the list is definitely water. The body cannot move excrement out of itself if there isn’t enough water available in the system because water allows for digestion to run smoothly which ensures that nutrients are being absorbed and the waste has enough fluid to move swiftly out of the body.
There is some debate about how much water one should drink, but the general rule of thumb is to drink before you are thirsty. If you find that you are constipated on a regular basis, up the water intake and see if that gets everything moving.
Dates and Prunes:
Dried fruits such as dates and prunes are high in fibre. Fibre ensures that there is enough roughage in the stool to get it firm which will allow for the walls of the digestive tract to carry it out of the body efficiently. Don’t overdo it, a few prunes or dates will do the job but too many can cause bloating and gas build-up which can be very painful.
Coffee is known as a natural laxative which makes it the perfect remedy for constipation – without having to make a trip to the drug store. The caffeine in coffee is a stimulant which gets everything moving, and that includes the digestive system. Most people find that a cup of coffee first thing in the morning is all they need to get the bowl up and running for the day.
Use the extra energy from the cup of coffee to get your body moving around. Our bodies tend to stagnate if we spend too much time sitting around which can result in the digestive system slowing down and painful constipation. Moving around encourages the systems of the body to follow suit.
The body functions best when it’s in a set routine and this goes for sleeping, eating, and the digestive system. Maintaining a regular toilet schedule will ensure that the body keeps the stool moving every day and will combat constipation. Forming this routine can be a challenge and the first few times will probably be unsuccessful, however perseverance is the key to success.
Good Gut Health:
Taking a probiotic daily provides the gut with enough good bacteria to function at its best. Constipation can often be a sign of imbalanced intestinal gut bacteria. This is particularly common after a course of antibiotics due to the fact that the medication kills off the good bacteria along with the bad.
The way people sit on the toilet is very far removed to the natural squat which occurs in nature. If you are struggling to get everything moving, place your feet on a low stool to execute a more natural toilet position. This should help to get everything moving in the right direction.
Constipation is natural and many people suffer from it all around the world. These home remedies should relieve the pain and get you regular in no time.