Tips for Relieving Constipation
It is very important to do some kind of physical activity every day as a way of stimulating your body’s different organ functions, including bowel movements.
Constipation can affect you at any point in your life and at any age, so the first step in the process is figuring out whether or not you suffer from this condition. If you have less than three bowel movements per week, you may suffer from constipation; you may also be affected by this disorder if defecating is painful for you. This problem also usually comes with stomachaches and bloating.
Let’s start out with a quick review of this disorder: it occurs when fecal matter stays in the colon for a long time, thus making it more difficult to defecate. The main causes for this problem are:
- Sedentary lifestyle: in order for your body and each of your organs to work well, you need to maintain an active lifestyle and do plenty of exercise.
- Low fiber diet: this is the most common cause of constipation. Consuming fiber is incredibly important for good intestinal functions.
- Change in habits: it is quite common for people to experience constipation when they move to a new house or go on vacation, as well as when they eat foods that their bodies are not used to consuming.
Now, here are a few tips to relieving constipation easily and safely:
As previously mentioned, your body requires constant movement in order to stimulate all the different organ functions, so try to walk, run or swim for at least 30 minutes per day.
Do not wait
Constipation can also occur when you feel like you have to go to the bathroom but wait to go at a later time. Do your best not to wait a long time to go to the bathroom once you feel the need to defecate.
Avoid processed foods
Try to completely avoid cold cuts, french fries and other junk foods. These foods may taste really delicious, but, unfortunately, they irritate your colon, which keeps it from working as it should.
Dairy products such as ice cream, cheese and milk have a protein called casein which irritates the colon and makes constipation even worse.
Don’t take just any laxative
Although laxatives are generally available at your local pharmacy, the best option is to make an appointment with your doctor so he or she can recommend a laxative that meets your body’s special needs, which will depend on how advanced your constipation is.
Eat lots of fruit
The majority of fruits are good at relieving constipation. We recommend eating the entire fruit, because if you remove the peel, you will also lose the fiber.
- For example, papaya has enzymes that help improve digestion, so eating a piece of this fruit each day (on an empty stomach) will do a world of good for you.
- Orange juice is also great for speeding up digestive function; drink it every day on an empty stomach.
Apple cider vinegar
This mixture is intended to be a natural laxative. Just mix one tablespoon of apple cider vinegar with a bit of honey and water. Don’t consume this mixture too often, just once a week.
Nuts and dried fruits
Just like fresh fruits, both nuts and dried fruits give your body a great dose of fiber. Try eating dried berries, prunes and raisins to help alleviate your constipation.
People are finding new uses for olive oil ever day, especially in terms of making our bodies work better. Try drinking a cup of hot water with a bit of lemon and a tablespoon of olive oil on an empty stomach. This drink will improve your digestion and even help you lose weight.
As you know by now, your body needs fiber in order for your digestive system to work properly. Beans have lots of fiber and, additionally, they are a good source of proteins and vitamins such as iron, copper, zinc, phosphorus, potassium, magnesium and calcium.
Eating an apple per day could really help you to defecate on a daily basis. Plus, apple peels are a great antioxidant, have lots of fiber and will clean out your intestines, so we recommend eating apples as often as possible.