Top 10 simple ways to cure constipation

Constipation is a very common problem these days. There are number of reasons for constipation and many ways to cure it but every human body is unique and different, so one should try each of the following ways to get to know what is going to work best for him/her

  1. Drink plenty of water: Dehydration is the most common reason to develop constipation. Everybody should at least drink 8 glasses of water everyday. If somebody already has constipation, he should drink at least 2 glasses of lukewarm water empty stomach in the morning along-with the recommended daily intake. People suffering from constipation should take at-least 3 to 4 litre of water everyday. It is also advisable to take fiber rich diet in constipation and fiber needs a lot of water to act properly in your body otherwise it may lead to the hardening of stools.
  2. Herbal tea: Many people have a habit of taking caffeinated beverages such as tea or coffee early morning. This can worsen the problem of constipation. Taking herbal tea without caffeine in the morning can help with constipation. For example dandelion tea or hibiscus lemongrass tea etc.
  3. Ayurvedic herbs: Some ayurvedic herbs such as HARITAKI or HARAD, TRIPHALA and AMLA powder has a positive impact on constipation. These herbs help with digestion and soften stools. Triphala is the combination of harad, amla and baheda herb and is a very strong remedy for stomach issues.
  4. Figs or dates with warm milk: Taking 2 figs or 4-5 dates with warm milk before bed has a magical effect on constipation. These contain fiber and adds bulk to the stool, softens it and hence helps relieve constipation. Figs are considered one of the best natural laxatives that can be added in a daily diet. Both dried and ripe figs are excellent for relieving stomach issues.
  5. Give priority to the call of nature: You should never, never ever hold your urge for stools or even urination. Holding stools, again and again, can lead to permanent stomach issues including constipation. In fact, holding urine may lead to kidney damage. Always give priority to the call of nature and never try to hold it.
  6. Physical activity: One major cause of constipation is lack of activity. A sedentary lifestyle is not good for your digestion. If you are a sedentary worker, you should take out time from your day for some exercises or other physical activities like dancing or yoga. This will help in regulating digestion and helps with constipation.
  7. Stress management: Stress and anxiety have a major impact on hunger, sleep and digestion. All three of them are very much connected with constipation issues. Some people do overeating and some do not eat at all when they are stressed or they have some kind of anxiety. They can’t sleep well and as a result, they have poor digestion which further leads to constipation.
  8. Try some laxatives: People who have a constant problem of constipation may try magnesium oxide or magnesium citrate. It acts as a very effective laxative without any side effects but you should take it in a recommended allowance. People having any disease or who are on medications should consult their health care practitioner before taking it. Senna leaves powder is also very helpful in constipation. Senna leaves powder should be taken with a little bit of asafoetida powder, black salt powder, fennel powder and ginger powder before bed for best results.
  9. High fiber nutritious diet: Fiber adds bulk to the stools which facilitate its elimination from the body. Fiber rich diet with all the nutrition is very important to cure constipation. One more very important thing to keep in mind that you should always have your meal on time. Skipping or delaying meals or watching television while eating may lead to bad digestion and hence constipation.
  10. Colon massage: Massaging the colon is a therapy anybody can try at home. The only thing that you should take care of is a proper way of doing it. Some people find it very helpful in constipation and relieving gas. Here is one reference video for self-administered colon massage: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DBdWbYakqGo