Constipation is an inconvenience at best but, at its worst, can bring you severe discomfort. By definition, constipation is the difficulty and inconsistency of bowel movements, usually accompanied by hardened stools. It affects millions of Americans each year making life more difficult. And, of course, our lifestyle and diet can be contributing factors in either occasional or chronic constipation.
Some people when suffering from difficulty in bowel movement, look to a physician for constipation medication. However, what do we really know about the contents of pharmaceuticals and their long-lasting effects on our bodies?
On the other hand, natural remedies and treatments for constipation are just that: natural. This means you know exactly what is going into your body and can, therefore, regulate how your body reacts to each method much more easily.
Here are our four suggestions for natural constipation medication:
For many people suffering from constipation, a simple change of diet can be an effective starting place for treating their problem naturally. Choose a diet that is naturally rich in fiber and contains plenty of leafy greens, such as spinach. Ensure you also regularly eat prunes and figs to aid regular bowel movement, And, drink plenty of water to avoid dehydration, which is a common cause of constipation.
Avoid the following: processed foods, caffeine, and alcohol. Such inclusions in your diet will only exacerbate the issue.
Regular exercise will help to relieve symptoms of constipation. If you do not currently have an exercise routine, regular walking or gentle yoga are great places to start. Otherwise, keep up with your normal exercise plan even when you feel constipated. Remember: movement will encourage movement!
Several vitamins can help to relieve you of constipation: the first is Vitamin C. Vitamin C encourages water into your digestive system, thus softening the stool. Just be careful not to take too much, or you might wind up with diarrhea instead.
Folic acid, taken as either a supplement or ingested through food such as spinach or fortified rice, encourages the production of digestive acid. In turn, this could help the passage of stool.
Vitamin B-5 can help to stimulate digestive muscle contractions, therefore encouraging regular bowel movement.
If you suffer from constipation regularly and nothing you have tried seems to be easing it, it might be time to seek professional help. A chiropractor will examine your body and assess your diet to see what underlying issues could be causing your problem.
An Digital X-ray, for example, will show any misalignments in your spine that may be contributing to discomfort and constipation.
A chiropractor can recommend the best course of action, whether that be a spinal adjustment, nutritional counseling, exercise or pharmaceutical grade supplements as a form of treatment for constipation.
If your problems persist even with home remedies, please seek the advice of a medical professional to discuss your condition in more detail as persistent, chronic constipation could be a sign of a more serious health issue.