What Is Constipation?
Constipation is a digestive condition wherein bowel movements are irregular. It is defined by medical experts as a decreased number of bowel movements per week, specifically, less than 3 bowel movements per week. Constipation is categorized by some people as hardening and difficulty in passing stools, and a sense of an incomplete bowel movement is also felt by many people who complain of constipation.
Symptoms Of Constipation
The common symptoms of constipation are
- Stomach ache
- Swollen tummy
- Hard stool
- Difficulty in passing stool
- Anal bleeding
- Pain during bowel movements
Home Remedies For Constipation
Some of the effective home remedies for constipation are
Being dehydrated regularly can make you become constipated. To prevent this, it’s important to drink enough water and stay hydrated. When you’re constipated, you could try finding relief by drinking some carbonated (sparkling) water to help you rehydrate and get things moving again.
Olive leaf will help give you relief from being uncomfortable during constipation. Not only will it help to relieve you from being uncomfortable and in pain, but it also has an ingredient called oleuropein which helps your bowel movements become more regular. Olive leaves will help to eliminate the toxins from your digestive system to help stop your constipation.
Flax seeds are one of the best herbal remedies you can add to your herbal mixture as it has so many laxative properties. Flax seeds are perfect for if you have mild to moderate constipation.
Vegetables are also high in fiber. Vegetables can be eaten either cooked or half-cooked. In the case of constipation, the best way to consume them is by consuming them half-cooked or raw. Vegetables such as cabbages, carrots, broccoli, cauliflower, and all types of gourds such as bottle gourd, snake gourd, bitter gourd, and ridged gourd contain good fiber amounts to help clean out bowels.
Prunes and figs
These fruits are high in fiber and tend to have a laxative effect. Several a day can help relieve constipation, but in general be careful not to go overboard with dried fruit since it contains a decent amount of sugar given the small size.
Aloe vera is another herbal remedy that has been used for constipation for hundreds of years and is truly a wonder herb. Aloe vera is used for a number of conditions both internal and external, some of which you are probably already aware of. It is most commonly used for skin rashes, internal bleeding, burns, and ulcers. It isn’t as well known for getting rid of constipation, but it certainly does the trick.
Peppermint is like aloe vera in that it has so many health benefits that I’d be here all day. One thing that it can do though is help improve the health of your digestive system by working on encouraging the production of bile.
Garlic extract is an option that should be used in your herbal laxative mixture as it will help improve your immune system as well as feeding the good bacteria in your digestive system so it can flourish. This is a great herb to have as a staple in your diet to promote good health.