Before looking at the best home treatments to improve the health of your digestive system, let’s look at the main causes of constipation.
WHAT IS CONSTIPATION?
When food enters the digestive system, it is broken down so that the body can absorb nutrients, protein, fats, and vitamins. Digestive juices, bile, and bacteria assist in the digestive process and then any waste products that aren’t digested are removed when we have a bowel movement or urinate.
TYPES OF CONSTIPATION :
Although constipation is a general term that applies to difficulty passing faces regularly, Dr. Namirah Jamshed from the Washington Hospital Center says that there are two types of constipation – functional constipation and secondary constipation.
Functional constipation is the most common type of constipation and is when food moves through the digestive tract too slowly. This results in lumpy or hard stools and bowel movements are less than 3 times a week. This kind of constipation can be caused by problems in the digestive system or by not eating a healthy diet.
Secondary constipation occurs when another underlying condition causes disruption in the digestive tract. The causes of secondary constipation could be side effects of medications, stress, irritable bowel syndrome, or another health issue.
CAUSES OF CONSTIPATION :
There are many reasons why you can suffer problems when trying to pass stools, or when you can pass them, the stools are solid and painful. Dr. Jerry Balentine on eMedicineHealth says that a poor diet rich in animal fats or sugar and low in fiber is one of the main causes of constipation. However, constipation is also one of the consequences of being dehydrated .
You may develop chronic constipation if you ignore the need to have a bowel movement. Over time, the muscles in your colon become weak and you stop feeling the need to use the toilet. Or, medications containing aluminum or calcium may cause infrequent bowel movements.
BEST HOME REMEDIES FOR CONSTIPATION:
EAT MORE FIBER :
The most common advice that doctors give for treating constipation is to eat more fiber in your diet. According to Dr. Laura Martin on WebMD, fiber helps to bulk up stool to make it easier to pass through your intestines. Adding more fiber to your diet can help to relieve even chronic constipation.
DRINK PLENTY OF WATER :
A very easy and cheap method to both ease constipation and help prevent hard stool building up in your insides is to drink plenty of water. There are many health benefits to drinking more fluids, and softening stools to make them easier to pass is just one of them.
EAT PRUNES AND FIGS :
Prunes and figs are useful in getting your digestive tract to be more active and pass stools easier. Prunes and figs act as natural laxatives because they are high in fiber. What’s more, they also contain vitamins and minerals that help to boost your general health.
TAKE CASTOR OIL :
Castor oil also stimulates the intestines to help make bowel movements easier and get rid of hard stool with less pain. Doctors on WebMD say that often castor oil is used to clear out the intestines because it is a stimulant laxative.
Another way to help prevent constipation and stimulate bowel movement is to exercise regularly. Taking time every week to exercise will help improve, not just your digestive health, but also keep your heart healthy, lower blood pressure, and maintain a healthy weight.