Constipation can be rectified through simple changes

By Clair Whitty - Naturally Healthy

Published 02/04/2016 | 00:00

Clair Whitty.
Clair Whitty.

Constipation is a common problem that can affect children and adults. Some people don't even realise that they're constipated.

 A bowel movement once every three or four days is not normal. It's recommended you have at least one movement per day.

If you're constipated your symptoms can include, feeling bloated, you may have bad breath, your tongue might be coated; take a look yourself, your tongue should look bright and red. Headaches, skin rashes, irritability, and tiredness are all signs that your body is not dealing with its excretion properly. You could have one or more of these symptoms and constipation may be the reason why. But the question is what caused the constipation?

Common causes of constipation include eating food that you are intolerant too. A food intolerance test would help here. Consider reducing wheat for a while. Lots of people find that this change alone can make a big difference. Lack of fluids is also common, drink plenty of water, fresh fruit juice, beetroot juice, prune juice, or herb teas. Lack of fibre is often an issue so include oats, fruit, vegetables, linseeds, chia seeds, brown rice, figs, prunes, and psyllium husks. Exercise is crucial, even walking. Not only does it get you moving it also gets your bowels moving too!

Stress can lead to constipation. If you are stressed take B Vitamins or a supplement that includes them, and take a digestive enzyme. Both of these are often depleted as a result of stress.

Supplements include: pysllium husks, and probiotics to replenish your good bacteria. They can improve bowel function and reduce symptoms of bloating. Optima Colon Cleanse is a very popular remedy taken at night to encourage movement the next day. Magnesium can help to soften the stool and it works well for many people. Try herbal teas that include digestive herbs. Bowel Essence by Jan De Vries may help normalise bowel function where there is emotional upset.

If you have tried everything and nothing has worked don't give up. Keep trying. Don't ignore constipation it's a sign that your body is not dealing with its waste efficiently, which can normally be rectified through simple changes. It may also be a symptom of another condition. But sometimes you may need an extra bit of help, don't be afraid to ask. You're not alone.

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