When the digestive system works properly and waste products are expelled from the body each day in a timely manner, the entire body enjoys healthy benefits.
If diet, stress, dehydration, or lack of fiber interrupts this process, constipation is the result.
Long term constipation can result in lethargy, headaches, stomach cramps, backaches and lack of concentration, as well as a host of other complaints, including a low libido.
Although chemical laxatives are pervasive on the store shelves, some are extremely uncomfortable. Many natural home remedies work just as well to prevent or relieve constipation and are much gentler to the system.
Diets and Food Choices
The first point of defense against constipation is through making excellent dietary choices. The following actions should be part of a good prevention plan:
- Drink a full glass of water every morning when you get up.
- Put a teaspoonful of ghee into a glass of warm water and drink before bedtime each evening.
- Choose foods which have plenty of liquids such as fresh fruits and vegetables; tomatoes, sugarcane, beets, and papaya are particularly good choices.
- Refrain from eating rice because it absorbs liquids in the system.
- Eliminate foods that are hard to digest such as legumes and cabbage.
- Chew all food slowly and thoroughly.
- Get regular aerobic exercise.
Herbal Remedies for Constipation Relief
If you experience constipation despite the measures above, several herbal solutions may quickly solve the problem. Try one of the following home remedies:
- Put the juice of a lemon in eight ounces of water with a pinch of salt. Drink before retiring.
- Take a tablespoon of castor oil.
- Soak Isphagula seeds in water before eating several.
- Put a teaspoonful of licorice powder in eight ounces of cold water and drink.
- Make a sherbet of ripe bael fruit and eat consistently for a week to flush the digestive tract.
- Soak a seedless date in four ounces of water for eight hours; Blend the date with the water and strain the pulp. Take one teaspoon of the resulting liquid two or three times a day.
- Drink four ounces of orange juice mixed with four ounces of olive oil.
- Take a teaspoon of aloe gel twice a day.
In addition to these natural interventions, it may be necessary to have someone massage the abdominal muscles to encourage them to expel the waste products efficiently. If none of these treatments lead to relief of constipation, it is best to use an enema or purgation therapy. Your doctor can suggest the best for your particular situation.
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