Constipation is a common issue which most of the people feel shy to talk about it in public. According to recent searches, 22 out of 100 Indians suffer from this problem in today’s time.
It is a condition when your stools become hard or you have irregular bowel movements. Having less than three bowel movements per week is not something normal. According to Ayurveda, this condition occurs when vata’s cold and dry abilities disturb the functioning of the stomach. Having a day without complete bowel movement can be very stressful and sometimes painful too.
Our modern lifestyle has given rise to this problem. Some of the other common causes are eating junk food, alcohol drinking, smoking, and overeating. Many people going through this problem feel bloated and uneasy because of the failure to pass the stool.
A sedentary lifestyle (sitting for long), irregular eating habits, unhealthy diet, stress and drinking excess coffee or tea adds to slow digestion. This further causes chronic constipation.
Ayurveda suggests some remedies to treat constipation and helps to soften the stools.
Let’s talk about them in detail.
Follow a healthy diet :
Taking a vata balancing diet is one of the best ways to deal with constipation. Try to avoid cold foods and drinks, dry fruits, salads, and beans. Eat warm foods, drinks, and well-cooked vegetables.
Triphala a Go-to remedy :
Triphala is a mixture of three herbs; Amla, Bibhitaki, and Haritaki. This is an old and effective remedy to cure constipation. You can mix a tsp. of it with ½ tsp. coriander seeds and ¼ tsp. cardamom seeds and grind them to a fine powder. Take this in routine. Triphala has laxative properties; coriander and cardamom seeds help to get relief from gas and indigestion.
Milk and Ghee :
You can take one or two teaspoons of ghee in a cup of hot milk before going to bed. It is a gentle and effective mean of relieving constipation.
The pulp of Bael Fruit :
To get relief from constipation, eating a half cup of bael fruit pulp and a tsp. jaggery (Gur) before dinner is helpful. The other option is you can have a sherbet of bael, tamarind (imli) water and jaggery.
Licorice Root :
Licorice or Mulethi is popular for promoting smooth bowel activity. All you have to do is; take a cup of warm water and add a tsp. each of Mulethi powder and jaggery to it. Having this drink can help to ease the bowel movements.
Roasted Fennel Seeds :
The volatile oils present in fennel seeds are effective in kick-starting the digestion. It can promote the production of gastric enzymes. Before going to bed, take a teaspoon of roasted fennel seeds with a glass of warm water as it acts as a gentle laxative.
Fig (Anjeer) :
Due to high fiber content, figs are often suggested for constipation problem. You can take figs in routine to keep your digestion going. Soak the figs in warm water and take them. This can be given to kids going through this problem.
China Grass :
Another name for it is agar-agar, it is dried seaweed. When cut into pieces and cooked in milk, becomes a gelatinous substance. Having this is helpful for getting relief from constipation and can ease up the process of waste removal.
It is a type of fiber used as a gentle, bulk-forming laxative. These seed husks are highly absorbent and move through the colon like a scrub brush. You can take 1 or 2 tsp. of it in a glass of juice or warm water in routine.
Flaxseed or linseed is a natural laxative without side effects. To get rid of constipation, take 1 tsp. of flax seed two to three times a day with two cups of water.
Points to remember: –
- You must drink more than 4-5 glasses of water in the morning. You can take herbal teas like green tea, chamomile tea which can help to boost the digestion.
- Try to have a fiber-rich diet
- Engage yourself in at least 30 minutes of exercise as it can kick-start the digestion.
- To increase the bulk content; eat lots of seasonal fruits and vegetables.
Following any of the above remedies can help you bid goodbye to constipation. Plus you can also take Pet Saffa Natural laxative granules; an ayurvedic constipation powder. Its herbs are gentle on the stomach walls and relieve constipation.
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