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Healing Tips: Constipation

Constipation is a common cause of painful defecation. Severe constipation can progress to bowel obstruction and become life-threatening. 

Constipation is a condition of the digestive system. The sufferer has hard feces that are difficult to expel. In most cases, this occurs because the colon has absorbed too much of the water from the food that is in the colon. The slower the food moves through your digestive tract, the more water the colon will absorb from food.

What causes constipation?

The sufferer's diet is lacking in adequate quantities of fiber.

The sufferer is too physically inactive. This is especially the case if the person is elderly

Some people become constipated when they consume mild and dairy products.

Pregnancy brings about hormonal changes which can make a woman more susceptible to constipation. Also, the uterus may compress the intestine, slowing down the passage of the food.

As we get older our metabolism slows down, resulting in less intestinal activity. The muscles in the digestive tract do not work as well as they used to.

A change in routine, such as when travelling

When we travel our normal routine changes. This can have an effect on our digestive system, which sometimes results in constipation. Meals are eaten at different times, we might go to bed, get up, and go to the toilet at different times. All these changes may raise the risk of constipation.

Not going to the toilet when you feel the urge to.

Not drinking enough water (dehydration).

In case of chronic constipation a lifestyle change is needed:
 
Always get up before dawn and get a long walk in the morning.
Never wear tight fitting cloths or belts.
Have less tobacco, coffee, tea, hot spices & sterilized milk.
Have more water and fresh whole milk.
Never sleep during the day or within 4 hours of taking food.
Fast one day in a week.
Take 2-4 prunes boiled 20 minutesevery morning. (TIMExplore.com)
 

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