Do you suffer from constipation? There is nothing to be ashamed of. We all have to "go", and at some time or another, the process may be a bit stuck. Sometimes it's easy to make things flow regularly again, but other times, nothing seems to work and you can't help but endure the discomfort of not, say, download for days and days.
Constipation is what happens when there is difficulty emptying the intestines and is usually associated with hardened stools in the form of granules or painful. It can be caused by several things, most commonly the regular consumption of processed foods, poor hydration, infrequent exercise, irritated bowels, certain medications and stress. Constipation can be harmless if its effects are short lived. However, when it is durable, it can pose a threat to your overall health and can manifest itself in the form of irritability, lack of concentration, bad breath, swelling, headaches, backaches and can be the cause of illness for a number of diseases due to the toxic environment created within the intestine.
The good news is that you can eliminate obstacles that may be hampering the regular flow of digested food through your system.
Here are some remedies that will surely help.
Pods or senna leaves
For immediate relief, senna is an excellent herbal laxative. With its potency inside its pods or leaves, senna can be consumed as a tea. Its pods or leaves can be purchased at most pharmacies and can be used without a prescription. To make this tea, boil some pods or senna leaves in a small pot of water. Let cool and drink a small cup of tea at bedtime. You can add some grains of Epsom salts to the infusion to reduce grip pain. It is not recommended that you become dependent on laxatives to defecate, as this could alter the natural balance of digestion and elimination of the body. Senna should not be used more than once a week.
The best long-term solution for constipation is to improve the diet. Fasting is an excellent practice that lightens the burden on the digestive system and promotes vitality in the body and mind. Daniel's fast is a biblical diet followed by the prophet Daniel in the self-styled book of the Bible. This type of fasting will greatly reduce inflammation in the body and provide enough fiber and nutrients to help the digestive system regain balance. It also improves mental alertness and clarity.
To perform this fast, whether for 10 days or 21 days, you must completely eliminate all forms of animal protein from the diet, including meat, milk, eggs or cheese. Alcohol, sugar and processed foods, such as flour (and gluten-free products), oils and unnatural drinks should also be avoided. What can be consumed are: fresh or frozen fruits and vegetables, nuts, grains, oatmeal, peas, beans, herbs, spices and plenty of water. Combine (this diet) with regular exercise and you will surely get great benefits from this fast.
Sometimes, when we drink water it can be more important than how much we drink when we do it. Here are some quick steps and not for effective hydration that can help relieve constipation:
Do: Drink one (or more) glass of warm water in the morning when you get up before eating anything. A few drops of pure lemon juice or apple cider vinegar in your glass will make it even better to defecate.
Do: Drink a glass of water an hour before or after meals.
Do: Drink a glass of water before bathing.
Do: Drink a glass of water an hour before bedtime.
No: Drink large amounts of water (or other drinks) with meals. This dilutes the gastric juices in the stomach and slows the digestive process.
No: replace water with juices or soft drinks. Water in its simple form is what the body needs to hydrate. Sugary drinks can contribute to constipation.
Finally, the slippery elm bark (available in capsules in most pharmacies) is a digestive herbal reliever, as it covers the mucous lining of the stomach and intestines and improves bowel movements. Acting as a lubricant, it can make "going" softer and less painful. Be sure to take these capsules as directed by your pharmacist, preferably on an empty stomach.
By following these remedies, you will surely be on your way to say goodbye to constipation and greet a healthier and happier colon.
Best wishes on your trip to better health.