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Quick Constipation Remedies

Smita Pandit
Infrequent bowel movements, difficult evacuation of the bowel due to hardening of stool, a feeling of incomplete evacuation of the bowel, bloating, and straining during bowel movement are the characteristic signs of constipation. This is a digestive ailment that must be treated at the earliest. This Story provides some of the quick constipation remedies.
Constipation is a common digestive tract problem which can affect both children and adults. It can certainly have serious repercussions on one's health. More often than not, this condition affects those who have poor dietary habits. Making the wrong lifestyle choices can certainly make one susceptible to this condition.
People who follow an unhealthy diet and lead a sedentary lifestyle are most likely to suffer from this condition. Hormonal imbalance or prolonged use of certain drugs could sometimes weaken the digestive system, thereby causing digestive problems.
When this condition occurs even when one has a healthy lifestyle, one is said to suffer from functional constipation. Since incomplete evacuation of wastes can lead to the accumulation of toxins in the bloodstream, one may become susceptible to other diseases.
Chronic constipation is a matter of serious concern which is why steps should immediately be taken to treat this condition.

Home Remedies for Constipation

As mentioned earlier, this digestive ailment is commonly caused due to poor eating habits. While junk food might tickle your taste buds, consumption of such unhealthy food items on daily basis can certainly have an adverse effect on one's digestive health. Those of you who don't take their meals on time or don't chew their food properly are also vulnerable.
Inadequate intake of water or fluids can also be responsible for causing this condition. Those who live a sedentary lifestyle are also susceptible. So, one should not only follow a balanced diet that fulfills the body's needs but also follow an exercise regimen.

Here are some quick constipation remedies.

Adults who often suffer from this digestive ailment must make certain lifestyle-related changes at the earliest. Here are some simple remedies.
◘ First of all, one must follow a high fiber diet. One must eat fresh fruits such as grapes, pear, oranges, papaya and guava. Including vegetables such as spinach, carrots, beans, corn and peas to one's diet would also prove beneficial.
◘ Vegetable soups, wheat bran, whole grain breads, cereals and juices must also be included in one's diet.
◘ Those who don't drink enough water or fluids are likely to suffer from this digestive ailment which is why one must have plenty of fluids.
◘ You can also drink prune juice, aloe vera juice or cabbage juice for instant relief.
◘ Honey is a natural laxative, so add 2 teaspoons of honey in a glass of warm milk and drink it early morning on an empty stomach. You can also add lemon juice to a glass of warm water and have it in the morning.
◘ Castor oil has been known for its ability to provide fast relief. Mix a teaspoon of castor oil in a glass of warm milk and drink it every alternate day.
◘ Since physical inactivity is another contributory factor for digestive ailments, one must stay physically active and exercise regularly.

Remedies for Infants and Children

Infants who are unable to digest formula milk are likely to suffer from this condition. Since breast milk contains natural laxatives, breastfeeding your baby will certainly be helpful in preventing this condition. You can also follow certain home remedies.
◘ Put a small amount of milk of magnesia to the formula milk. Milk of magnesia is an antacid that is believed to draw water into the intestine, thereby facilitating bowel movement.
◘ If you have recently introduced solid food in your baby's diet, the infant's digestive system might take some time to adjust. So, make sure that the solid foods are pureed or completely mashed.
◘ You can also give diluted fruit juices such as grape juice or prune juice. Do consult a pediatrician regarding the quantity of juice that should be given.
◘ Identify food items that may cause this ailment and refrain from giving them to your child. Potatoes, bananas, white bread, applesauce, cheese and rice cereal are food items that could cause this condition.
◘ Giving your baby a warm bath or a stomach massage might also help in providing gas relief. Moving your baby's legs in a bicycle motion might also provide relief from gas.
◘ Introduce easily digestible fiber-rich food items such as mashed pears, peaches, plums and apricots. These will act as stool softeners.
◘ Consumption of fiber-rich foods is equally essential for older children and adults. Make sure that your kids eat fresh fruits such as orange, papaya, guava, mangoes, peaches, plums and grapes.
◘ Children must also consume vegetables such as French beans, cabbage, spinach, broccoli, turnip and carrots. Excessive consumption of processed food items such as white bread, cakes, pastries, and biscuits must be avoided.
◘ If your child does suffer from this condition, make him/her drink prune juice.
◘ Add two teaspoons of honey to a glass of warm milk. Ask your child to drink it in the morning. This is one of the most effective home remedies.
◘ You can also soak 5-6 raisins in water at night. Let your child eat these soaked raisins on an empty stomach in the morning. It will certainly help.
Unhealthy dietary habits and a lack of physical activity can make one highly susceptible to digestive ailments. One must therefore exercise daily and eat a high fiber diet to improve one's digestive health.
Disclaimer: This Story is for informative purposes only, and should not be used as a replacement for expert medical advice.