5 Simple Ways to Get Rid of Chronic Constipation

by Anita Freeman


Chronic constipation is generally the cause for great discomfort on a daily basis for months on end. An individual suffering from this problem will also experience extreme bloating and/or abdominal gas along with acute or dull abdominal pain. In order to get rid of chronic constipation, a person needs to make a few simple lifestyle changes and stick to them.

It is necessary to visit a doctor to make sure that the constipation is not merely a symptom of an underlying problem. In the absence of an obvious cause, this condition is diagnosed as irritable bowel syndrome. Unlike normal constipation which can be treated with an increase in dietary fiber, chronic constipation treatment requires treatment as well as healthy eating habits. There are several medications that can be prescribed to alleviate this condition, however, they will have to be taken for long periods and there is a huge possibility that the condition will recur once the medication is stopped. Natural and herbal remedies along with regular exercise and a healthy diet will help to get rid of constipation for good.

  • Aloe juice has very mild laxative properties and so this juice can be had on a daily basis to promote regular bowel movements. It also helps to soothe gastrointestinal irregularities. It is best to have this juice in the morning before breakfast.
  • Prunes too are very useful in preventing constipation. This is because prunes have a high fiber content as well as laxative qualities. Wash a handful of prunes and have them just before or just after your dinner. It is important to chew them well to ease digestion.
  • Psyllium husk is a bulking agent that has been seen to be extremely effective in the treatment of both acute as well as chronic constipation. Psyllium husk is tasteless and odorless and has to be added to a glass of warm water or milk. Drink this once or twice a day to ensure optimal dietary fiber intake. When Psyllium husk comes in contact with water, it absorbs water and produces mucilage which allows the stools to pass easily out of the body.
  • Exercising on a daily basis has been seen to be beneficial in the treatment of chronic constipation. You will therefore have to exercise on a daily basis. Yoga is extremely beneficial in the treatment of chronic constipation as it helps to tone the abdominal muscles. You can speak to your yoga instructor about specific yoga poses that would be beneficial for chronic constipation.
  • A diet for chronic constipation must consist of high fiber fruits and vegetables such as apples, pears, carrots and broccoli. Healthy fats such as those found in olive oil and flaxseed oil should also be included in your daily diet. Drink an adequate amount of water and fresh juices daily as this will help to prevent constipation.

All these changes should be incorporated into a healthy lifestyle. It will take at least a month of this healthy lifestyle before there is any noticeable difference. If your condition does not improve, you can speak to your doctor about herbal treatments such as rhubarb or casgara segrada.

References:

  1. Longstreth GF, Thompson WG, Chey WD, Houghton LA, Mearin F, Spiller RC (2006). "Functional bowel disorders". Gastroenterology 130 (5): 1480-91.
  2. Sonnenberg A, Koch TR (1989). "Epidemiology of constipation in the United States". Dis. Colon Rectum 32 (1): 1-8.

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