What is Constipation?

Constipation is difficulty with irregular bowel movements, or passing hard and dry stool. The major cause of the constipation is due to low fiber diet or dehydration. Constipation is common among children, aged ones and pregnant women. Every individual has different bowel patterns. Some of the symptoms associated with constipation are bloating, uncomfortable and sluggishness. In general constipation is not a serious problem. Understanding the right cause will help in preventing constipation

Common Causes of Constipation

  • Low fiber diet
  • Low fluid intake
  • Lack of exercise
  • Pregnancy
  • Slimming
  • Haemorrhoids
  • Anxiety
  • Weak bowel muscles
  • Irritable bowel syndrome
  • Certain medications
  • Excessive intake of calcium or iron

Home Remedies for Constipation

Tips 1:

First thing in the morning drink a glass of warm water to which the juice of 1/2 a lime and 1 tsp honey has been added.

Tips 2:

Drink 4 glasses of water first thing in the morning.

Tips 3:

Soak 10-12 big raisins in a cup of milk and bring to boil, first eat the raisins then drink the milk. Repeat this every morning for 3-4 days till constipation clears up.

Tips 4:

Mix 2 tsp husk seed (Isabgol) in 1/2 a cup of hot milk and drink immediately. Drink one cup of plain milk to follow. Repeat this every night for chronic constipation.

Tips 5:

Fry small Harad 100 gm in ghee. When it is done, the harad will bloat and start smoking. Remove from ghee. Measure 100 gm Aniseed (saunf). Keep aside 50 gm and fry 50 gm in the same ghee. When lightly roasted mix with harad and remaining aniseed. Powder all three together. Mix 100 gm ghee and 400 gm sugar candy and powder along with the other powders. Take 2tsp along with 1 cup of milk twice a day. Do not eat anything 1 hour before and after. Clears the stomach

Tips 6:

Half a medium sized Papaya eaten before breakfast everyday.