Constipation is a very common condition affecting millions of people around the world. It refers to a condition where the person has difficult passing stools and/or experience severe pain when doing so.
Those suffering from constipation typically report that their excretions are hard and dry, and are difficult to push out. As a result, they end up feeling dissatisfied and/or uncomfortable even after a session in the bathroom. Many complainants also suffer from bloating and flatulence as a result of this.
While there are several possible causes for this condition, the commonest reason for a person suffering from constipation is improper dietary habits, especially a lack of adequate fiber in the diet and insufficient water intake. Both fiber and water is essential for proper digestion as well as waste disposal.
As the undigested food moves though the digestive system, the intestinal walls absorb much of the water from it. Without adequate fluid, the resulting matter becomes too dry, and consequently too hard, to pass easily out of the system. Similarly, dietary fiber is essential because it gives the undigested food bulk and a softer texture, making it easier for the body to dispose of it.
Adding plenty of fiber to the diet is thus one of the most effective and the simplest of natural constipation remedies. Raw vegetable and fruits are excellent sources of fiber. Fruits like bananas, oranges, watermelon etc are perfect for this purpose. Oranges and watermelons also provide much needed fluid to the system.
Additionally, drink at least eight glasses of water a day. Many people do not adequately monitor their water intake and as a result end up taking far less than they should. The problem is compounded by the amount of caffeinated drinks we take. Beverages like coffee, aerated drinks etc cause the system to lose precious water, so try and cut down on the amount you take.
There are other natural constipation remedies that can provide you with more immediate relief. Herbal laxatives can be taken for a short time to ease the symptoms. However, it is essential to remember that these natural constipation remedies are strictly for the short term, and should be taken only till the changes in dietary habits start to take effect. If you feel you need to take them even a fortnight after you switched diets, then consult a doctor.