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How to Avoid Constipation?

Written by Dr. Sheetal R Bhanushali and medically reviewed by iCliniq medical review team.

 
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What Is Constipation?

It is an incomplete movement of the intestine. It is a prevalent problem which affects 90 % of people in the world. In initial days, people ignore this complaint, but as days pass, it disturbs the routine. If your stomach is not emptied, it will make you feel irritated, and you cannot do your work properly. It seems minor, but actually, it matters a lot for our health.

Common Causes:

  1. Dehydration.
  2. Lack of fiber intake.
  3. Pregnancy.
  4. Less physical activity.
  5. Side effects of some medicines.
  6. Side effects of some food.
  7. Bedridden person.
  8. Improper sleep.
  9. Late night hangouts.
  10. Mismanaged lifestyle.
  11. Piles and anal fissures.

Uncommon Causes:

  1. Diverticular disease.
  2. Colon cancer.
  3. Irritable bowel syndrome.
  4. Intestinal obstruction.
  5. Thyroid.

What Do Patients Feel During Constipation?

  • Painful defecation (passage of stool).
  • Burning during, before, and after passing stools.
  • Bright red bleeding due to straining and piles.
  • Hard stool and difficulty in passing stool.
  • Piles due to hard stools.
  • Bloating sensation due to incomplete bowel emptying.
  • Stomach pain.
  • Fissures due to hard stools.
  • No desire to eat food due to incomplete bowel emptying.
  • Sometimes, mucus discharge due to infection.
  • Pruritus ani (itching in the anus).

What to Do to Avoid Constipation?

  • Improve fiber intake in food (green vegetables, fig, raisins, banana, etc.)
  • Sleep properly and follow the same time routine because sleep helps detox the body.
  • Improve liquid intake.
  • Do not strain much while passing stool. Sit for 2 to 3 minutes, then try later because straining will lead to piles and fissures.
  • Exercise regularly.
  • Try to avoid late-night hangouts.
  • You can also apply coconut oil or castor oil around the anal region to reduce the pain and burning.
  • Use butter and ghee in food for a laxative effect.
  • You can also use castor oil (2 to 3 spoons) while you are kneading the dough for roti/chapatti/paratha.
  • Prune juice is also good.
  • Lemon juice (in a spoon of lemon juice, add honey and have it in the morning).
  • Dates are also helpful.
  • Mix a spoon of castor oil (once or twice a day) in warm milk and drink it.
  • Soak raisins at night (7 to 8 pieces) and have it in the morning.

Along with these steps, you can take homeopathic treatment for constipation. You will not get addicted to homeopathic medicines the way you get with laxatives.

Last reviewed at: 17.Jan.2019

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