Con­sult na­ture to get rid of prob­lem of con­sti­pa­tion

Hindustan Times (Chandigarh) - City - - Lifestyle - An­jali Muk­er­jee

Most peo­ple think they are con­sti­pated but are ac­tu­ally not. Fre­quency of mo­tions may dif­fer from per­son to per­son. Most peo­ple pass mo­tion every day. How­ever, it may be nor­mal for some to pass mo­tion every other day or three to four times a week. There­fore, con­sti­pa­tion may be de­scribed as changes in the fre­quency of mo­tions in an in­di­vid­ual. Most of the time con­sti­pa­tion could be due to a bad diet. Some­times, con­sti­pa­tion could be due to an un­der­ly­ing dis­ease, stress, or due to a med­i­cal prob­lem.

If you no­tice a change in your bowel move­ments, don’t reach out for a lax­a­tive im­me­di­ately. Try and fig­ure out the root cause of the con­sti­pa­tion. Most of the times, it is due to in­suf­fi­cient fi­bre in­take. The fi­bre present in whole­wheat, fruits and veg­eta­bles helps re­lieve con­sti­pa­tion. Most of the time, this alone can re­solve your prob­lem. If not, try in­creas­ing your wa­ter in­take. Try drink­ing luke­warm wa­ter when you wake up in the morn­ing, and four glasses of wa­ter at room tem­per­a­ture an hour-and-a-half be­fore lunch and be­fore din­ner, to­tal­ing up to 12 glasses daily. Many peo­ple, who travel, de­velop con­sti­pa­tion due to a change in the food, wa­ter and the tim­ings of pass­ing stools. To avoid this prob­lem, give your sys­tem time to set­tle down in a new en­vi­ron­ment. An­other cause of con­sti­pa­tion could be a very low oil in­take. There are peo­ple who switch to boiled food to lose weight. Such di­eters will ex­pe­ri­ence con­sti­pa­tion due to lack of oil. A min­i­mum of two to three tea­spoons of oil should be taken daily to pre­vent this prob­lem.

Anaemic pa­tients who take iron pills ex­pe­ri­ence se­vere con­sti­pa­tion. Such peo­ple should try hav­ing a glass of tomato and co­rian­der juice. Fenu­greek leaves, pulses, soya bean and fish are good sources of iron. A mix­ture of car­rot, tomato and beet­root juice is known for its blood-build­ing prop­er­ties. Cap­sules con­tain­ing dried haemoglobin are also avail­able in the mar­ket.

Most cal­cium sup­ple­ments and antacids may also cause con­sti­pa­tion. While coffee has an amaz­ing lax­a­tive ef­fect, it is also known to con­trib­ute to con­sti­pa­tion.

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