By Neepa Sevak
For high-quality health, good digestion and regular bowel habits are very essential. Removal of waste is just as important as intake of healthy foods. Constipation affects almost everyone at one time or another and we all know that it is unhealthy for us. A person is said to be constipated when their stool is hard, dry, small in size, infrequent, painful, difficult to eliminate with straining giving constant feeling of a full bowel.
To understand constipation, it is important to know the role of the colon or large intestine in our body. The main job of the colon is to complete the digestion process. As food moves through the colon, the colon absorbs water from the food while it forms waste products or stool. Muscle contractions in the colon then push the stool toward the rectum. By the time stool reaches the rectum it becomes solid, because most of the water has been absorbed. Constipation occurs when the colon absorbs too much water or if the colon's muscle contractions are very sluggish, causing the stool to move through the colon too slowly. As a result, stools can become hard and dry. The colon is the sewage system of the body and when becomes inactive, it starts building up poisonous substances. Constipation is a sign of a toxic colon.
Causes of Constipation
- Poor dietary habits and lifestyle.
- Eating too much of proteins and less fiber.
- Not enough fluid intake leading to dehydration.
- Lack of physical activity.
- Changes in routine like travel, illness or sudden dietary changes, etc.
- Frequently ignoring the urge to have a bowel movement.
- Certain medications like pain medicines, antacids, Iron supplements and many other.
- Pregnancy - due to hormonal changes and also because the uterus compresses the intestine.
- Aging - due to slower metabolism which results in less intestinal activity and muscle tone.
- Abuse of laxatives.
- Certain diseases like Irritable Bowel Syndrome, stroke, intestinal obstruction, cancer and many more
Symptoms of Constipation
- Straining during a bowel movement
- Hard stool
- Difficulty in passing stool
- Less than three bowel movements in a week
- Abdominal bloating with gas
- Blood in stool
- Abdominal and / or rectal pain
- Sensation of incomplete emptying of rectum
- Fatigue and lethargy
- Weight gain
- Body odor and bad breath
Homeopathic Approach to Constipation
If you're suffering from chronic constipation that does not respond to a healthy diet and lifestyle, Homeopathy may hold the answer for you. Homeopathy believes that favorable health and proper elimination of the bowels depends on the balance between mind, body and the environment. Homeopathy recognizes the strong connection between the mind, body and emotions and treats the individual holistically as a whole. Homeopathic remedies can help relieve constipation and help to move their bowels along in a more natural way by relieving the stress that may be underlying the constipation symptoms, leading to a permanent resolution of the problem. These natural remedies increase the bulk of waste matter in the bowel, making it easier to eliminate. They also soften the stools so that they are passed more easily. These remedies stimulate contractions of the muscles in the colon to reduce the time it takes for the passage of waste material through the bowel. Homeopathic remedies can help cleanse a toxic colon. Homeopathic remedies are non-habit forming and safe for children and pregnant women. Hence, constitutional homeopathic treatment is an excellent choice for the treatment of constipation. Self Care Measures
- Eat a well balanced high fiber diet. Foods like beans, whole grains, legumes, fresh fruits and vegetables are rich in fiber.
- Avoid caffeinated drinks and alcohol as they are known to cause dehydration.
- Avoid foods like cheese, meat and processed foods that have less or no fiber.
- Drink a lot of water and other fluids to avoid dehydration.
- Exercise daily.
- Do not ignore the urge to have a bowel movement.
- Avoid frequent use of laxatives. You may become dependent on them and your intestines may become weakened.
- Drink a cup of Prune juice or apricot juice daily.
- Lemon, honey, guava and grapes help facilitate easy digestion and defecation.
- Paraffin oil and castor oil help facilitate passing of stool by lubrication.
Hence, to cleanse your toxic colon and to suffer no more bowel discomfort and labored bowel movements, consider a homeopathic constitutional treatment.