Constipation is one of the common condition associated with digestive system and it can be very disturbing and irritating problem to deal with.
Irregular bowel movements is not a disease, but it is only a symptom with many causes and it leads to many diseases like acidity, indigestion, inflammatory bowel disease, irritable bowel syndrome, ulcerative colitis etc.
Constipation is defined as having a bowel movement less than three times a week, or you are not satisfied with one go, constant feeling to evacuate but there is a hard stool, much straining and bloating sensation of a full bowel.
Constipation may be acute or chronic. Acute problem comes with changes in lifestyle that can be correct with some general changes in water intake, food, sleep and exercise, but chronic problem needs medical aids.
What causes constipation?
There are many daily factors that affect your bowel movements -
- Low fibre diet
- Low water intake
- Sedentary life
- Some type of medication
- Ignoring the urge due to lack of time
- Lack of sleep
- Changes in routine such as pregnancy, ageing, travelling
Preventive measures you can take-
Here are few general tips that can prevent Constipation -
Eat high fibre diet-
Daily fibre requirement for our body is 25-30 gm in an adult female and 35-40 gm in an adult male.Vegetable, fruits like apple, pear, broccoli, green peas, pumpkin, corn etc, whole grains, oats, almonds etc provide you enough fibre for your body.
Drink plenty of water and other fluids-
Daily requirement of water and fluids for our body is 3.7 lit in adult male (12-15 glass) and 2.7 lit (9-11 glass) in adult female. In addition to this have liquids like vegetable soup and vegetable/fruit juices.
Get enough exercise-
Regular exercise of 10-20 minutes daily makes your digestive system active and healthy.
Get adequate sleep-
Get at least 6-7 hour sleep at regular timing
Do not take laxatives on your own. Consult your doctor before taking it.
First find out the cause, try to remove it by improving your lifestyle and following other general measures. Homeopathy has produced effective results for patients dealing with constipation and has proved to be the best solution for any kind of disease.