Get Relieved from constipation
Constipation refers to bowel movements that are infrequent or hard to pass. The stool is often hard and dry. Other symptoms may include abdominal pain, bloating, and feeling as if one has not completely passed the bowel movement.Complications from constipation may include hemorrhoids, anal fissure or fecal impaction. The normal frequency of bowel movements in adults is between three per day and three per week. Babies often have three to four bowel movements per day while young children typically have two to three per day.
Constipation is more concerning when there is weight loss or anemia, blood is present in the stool, there is a history of inflammatory bowel disease or colon cancer in a person’s family, or it is of new onset in someone who is older.
Symptoms of Constipation:
- Passing fewer than three stools a week.
- Having lumpy or hard stools.
- Straining to have bowel movements.
- Feeling there’s a blockage in your rectum that prevents bowel movements.
- Feeling like you still need to go after you have a bowel movement.
- Abdominal pain
Causes of Constipation:
- Poor diet
- Poor bowel habits
- the slow movement of stool within the colon
- irritable bowel syndrome
- Pelvic floor disorder.
- Much junk food can wreak havoc on your digestive health
- Dehydration: – Dehydration is the most common cause of constipation. Water helps the stool to soften and move smoothly through the digestive tract.
Diseases associated with Constipation:
- Parkinson’s disease
- Colon cancer
- Inflammatory bowel disease
- Complication that arises from constipation are
- Anal fissures
- rectal prolapse
- fecal impaction
Treatment and remedies for constipation:
Treatment of constipation depends on the underlying cause and the duration that it has been present. Measures that may help include drinking enough fluids, eating more fiber, and exercise. If this is not effective, laxatives of the bulk forming agent, osmotic agent, stool softener, or lubricant type may be recommended.
Soluble fiber supplements such as psyllium are generally considered first-line treatment for chronic constipation, compared to insoluble fibers such as wheat bran. Side effects of fiber supplements include bloating, flatulence, diarrhea, and possible malabsorption of iron, calcium, and some medications. However, patients with opiate-induced constipation will likely not benefit from fiber supplements.
If laxatives are used, milk of magnesia or polyethylene glycol is recommended as first-line agents due to their low cost and safety. Stimulants should only be used if this is not effective.In cases of chronic constipation, polyethylene glycol appears superior to lactulose. Prokinetics may be used to improve gastrointestinal motility. A number of new agents have shown positive outcomes in chronic constipation; these include prucalopride and lubiprostone.
Constipation that resists the above measures may require physical intervention such as manual dis-impaction (the physical removal of impacted stool using the hands; see fecal impaction). Regular exercise can help improve chronic constipation.
Lactulose and milk of magnesia have been compared with polyethylene glycol (PEG) in children. All had similar side effects, but PEG was more effective at treating constipation. Osmotic laxatives are recommended over stimulant laxatives.
In refractory cases, procedures can be performed to help relieve constipation. Sacral nerve stimulation has been demonstrated to be effective in a minority of cases. Colectomy with ileorectal anastomosis is another intervention performed only in patients known to have a slow colonic transit time and in whom a defecation disorder has either been treated or is not present.Because this is a major operation, side effects can include considerable abdominal pain, small bowel obstruction, and post-surgical infections. Furthermore, it has a very variable rate of success and is very case dependent.
Some food which can treat your stomach and treat constipation.
- Dried fruits: – Dried fruits, such as dates, figs, prunes, apricots, and raisins, are another great source of dietary fiber that acts as constipation relief, Prunes, in particular, are great because they not only are high in fiber but also contain sorbitol, which is a natural laxative
- Berries: – Berries are rich in fiber. Fiber increases the bulk of your stool and helps the food to move smoothly through your digestive system
- Oranges: – The high fiber content in oranges acts as a natural stimulator for your bowels. Taking one or two oranges before sleeping is a great way to expect a good bowel movement in the morning.
- Wheat bran: – Wheat bran is an insoluble fiber and is a by-product of wheat. Wheat bran is commonly consumed in whole grain foods or taken as an herbal supplement to increase daily fiber intake. While wheat bran can help provide softer and more consistent stools, it also may cause constipation if not taken with ample water.
- Bananas: Bananas are rich in fibers which help to normalize the effect of constipation. They can make stools easier to pass.
- In the following image, you can see home remedies for constipation
“High fiber foods like green leafy vegetables, fruits, salad, flour of wheat bran and barley help in curbing constipation. The high content of water intake and consumption of various herbs like ajwain with water, Triphala, and amla also play a vital role in curing constipation.”
In the following video, you can see natural ayurvedic home remedies for Constipation.