Tuesday, February 16th, 2010

To Go or Not to Go

constipationConstipation is a subject which is seldom talked about but many men and women can relate to and so can different ailments. What exactly is constipation? It is absence of regular bowel movements, and how regular is too regular? Most of us believe that one should evacuate the bowels at least once a day to feel energetic and alive through out the day. Somehow, constipation has become too technical a subject, which is closely linked to the use of laxatives to earn relief.

The after-effects of constipation are more painful than the absence of bowel movements. Dr Preeti Chabbra, Ayurveda consultant with Ganga Ram Hospital says, “According to Ayurveda people with the predominance of vata dosha in their constitution are more likely to suffer from constipation. Bowel movement enables human body to expel undigested food and dead cells in the form of faeces. If left un treated constipation can give way to a variety of metabolic disorders and anal conditions like piles, fissure, etc.” When bowels become stubborn and do not move, at least once a day, there is build up of toxins or ama in the body which can make you feel sluggish, bloated and cause several health conditions.

However, constipation is a reflection of our lifestyle and stress factor. Given the current circumstances, our food behaviors have gone for a toss and packaged ready-to-eat junk foods have become quite common these days. Naturally, you need to correct your eating behaviors to correct constipation.

Seven steps to regular bowel movements—

1. Drink water. This is an old remedy but works well. Drink at least two glasses of warm water in the morning on an empty stomach and your bowels will move. Keep taking water breaks through out the day, because constipation can be an expression of dehydrated colon.

2. Eat a lot of fruits and vegetables. Apples, guavas, papayas and pears are the best fruits to combat constipation. Include them in your diet; better have breakfast of cut fruits everyday to acquire the necessary quota of fibre. Try drinking home made vegetable soups in the evening, to which some cabbage shreds have been thrown in too.

3. Get some exercise. Constipation, bloating, gas respond well to exercise. Try doing some and your bowels will become regular. Short brisk walks are good enough to begin with and gradually try to go for an hour long walk.

4. Cut down on caffeine and tea. Unnecessary coffee and tea during office hours flood your digestive tract with dispensable calories and sugar. Moreover, coffee, tea and soda are dehydrating drinks.

5. Manage stress. Stress can cast repercussions on your digestive tract. If you are often constipated, may be frazzled nerves are to be blamed. Seek ways to manage stress—laugh often, pray, sit quietly, meditate. Take your pick but do not let stress build up.

6. Seek help. Sometimes constipation becomes stubborn and needs gentle push of laxatives to earn relief. Isabgol (Psyllium husk) is a time tested laxative. In fact, it’s a bulking agent that helps stool bulk up so that it can be evacuated by the colon. When having isabgol, add a tall glass of water for every teaspoon, or it wouldn’t help. You can also try triphala to get rid of constipation. Triphala works as an excellent colon cleanse and helps you get rid of intestinal toxins.

7. Change your attitude. Louise L Hay writes in her book ‘You can heal your life’ about constipation, “Constipation shows the inability of the body to seek freedom from undigested thoughts and ideas. It also signifies the desire to hang on everything and the fear of letting go.” Seek freedom from constipation by reaffirming to yourself that you are able to release old and undigested thoughts. This might sound strange, but users have claimed relief from this strategy.

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