Within eight to ten hours of eating, our food should have found its way through the small intestine and later enter the large bowl for final digestive processes and elimination. But that seemingly "simple" process is rarely experienced by one with chronic constipation.
Constipation has been described by the difficulty of releasing stools, not necessarily by frequency of bowel movements. Constipation may also cause cause hard stool to pack the intestine and rectum so tightly that the normal pushing action of the colon is not enough to expel it. And though it can be a sign of hypothyroidism, it is indirectly related to a host of other disorders. Could be because of social mores, but because constipation becomes more common as we age, it's women who report constipation two to three times more often than men.
While constipation is not any fun by itself, when compounded by hemorrhoids created from training, it can be extremely painful. Constipation may also be exacerbated by travel ,activity, chemotherapy, medication (even iron supplements and anti-acids), pregnancy (think hormones) or change in diet. And if you think constipation does not have long-term effects, think again. Tests show a weakening of the strained pelvic floor muscles and loss of bladder control.
But when should constipation be a concern? Well, when poisons are not released from the body on a timely basis, where to do go? Miraculously evaporate? No. They stay in your body later to be reabsorbed in the systems and cells. So any amount of delayed releasing of waste should be a matter of attention. And obviously your doctor may recommend a plan of treatment should he think it necessary.
Some useful ideas for alleviating harmless cases of constipation may be:
Raisins boiled in a glass of milk
Sit in a bathtub of warm or hot water
2 teaspoons of husk seed in a half cup of hot milk
Tumeric powder boiled in milk along with figs
Fresh cherries or 24 ozs of cherry juice through the day
A teaspoon of linseed swallowed with water before each meal
Your doctor may request that you try these remedies:
Docusate sodium (Colace)
Magnesium hydroxide (Milk of Magnesia)
Sorbitol and sodium phosphate (Fleet's enema)
When a change of diet does not do much for you, do not be related to seek professional help, whether that be a naturopath or allopathic doctor. You will be a happy, more comfortable person when treated.
Source by Reggie Andersen