Home Remedies for Constipation

I have been there. Whenever I do a little internet research on fast home remedies for constipation relief, I get basic information on constipation. At this point, I have heard it all thousands of times. Every website claiming to know how to cure constipation, gives me the same fundamental solutions: Drink more water, Eat a healthy well-balanced diet, Consume a diet higher in fiber, Incorporate exercise in daily routine, or Medicate with various laxatives – causing additional health hazards.

I, for one, am fed up! I feel like I spend too much time sifting through the common home remedies, hoping that this time it will be different. This time I will find something ORIGINAL that actually works, and provides immediate relief.

Constipation is an embarrassing condition that is painful and frustrating. I am personally familiar with all of the unpleasant symptoms associated with this problem, and have often thought:

  • “I’m concerned about my health, because it has been days since my last bowel movement!”
  • “Even with all of the pain and straining, I only get a few hard pellets and no relief.”
  • “I am starting to look pregnant, because I am so bloated!”
  • “I’m embarrassed all day, as I frequently pass foul-smelling gas.”
  • “I’m worried that all the laxatives that I get from my doctor could be hurting my body.“

This condition affects millions of people, and is particularly common in women. I know that these are all common symptoms of constipation, and nothing I should be ashamed or embarrassed about, but it does not change how I feel most of the time.

The majority of the time I end up suffering in silence. I skip meals, and lose key nutrients, which leaves me feeling terrible. I feel like I have constant headaches, and get extremely anxious when I’m invited to go out. I find I rarely have the energy to socialize, not to mention all the unpleasant symptoms associated with my condition, like bloating and smelly gas. In addition, I just feel unattractive, inside and out.

I don’t want to blame anyone, but with an $18 billion junk food industry, sometimes I wonder if maybe they make it too easy. These companies are specifically targeting individuals and trying to get them to buy into this unhealthy lifestyle, which leads to constipation, obesity and other health problems.

It may sound surprising, but there are many people unaware that they too suffer from constipation. This is a worldwide problem. As our society evolves, and eats more and more processed food, we decrease our fiber intake and lose critical nutrients.

My body should eliminate waste regularly, with one bowel movement a day. The short-term effects of not experiencing regular bowel movements may be negligible, but as time passes, chronic constipation can lead to serious health issues.

Fecal material is made up of waste products that cannot be digested and used as nutrients. This substance has been rejected by all parts of my digestive tract, stomach, intestines, and colon, which has signaled to my body that this needs to be eliminated. So, if stool significantly slows down, or stops, movement through my colon, then my whole digestive process can be affected. Poor digestion can lead to poor health.

When stool fails to be eliminated from my body, it blocks the passage of gas. This can cause gas to painfully penetrate colon walls, allowing toxins to enter my blood stream. Also, as fecal material stays in my colon, it weakens the walls of my colon, causing inflammation and potentially leading to disease.

The longer I have constipation, the higher my chances of developing more severe health problems. Logically, as time passes and food waste stays in my colon, it starts to decompose. Now, my body is retaining toxic, rotting fecal matter.

My constipation is likely due to a lifestyle choice that does not promote good digestive health. There are various factors that can contribute to this condition.

My colon is designed to pass any undigested material and bodily wastes out, through the rectum. This process is triggered naturally when this waste has fiber, or bulk. The fiber puts pressure on my colon walls, and signals peristaltic action (muscle movements to move the waste out). In other words, foods that cause my constipation are low in fiber, highly processed, and have a high sugar content.

Meaning that I need to consume foods rich in fiber to obtain the bulk needed to move the waste through my digestive system. I need to consume foods that help relieve constipation, like fruits, vegetables, and grains, particularly foods that have a combination of soluble and insoluble fiber.

Also, I need to eat fewer foods that contribute to constipation, like dairy products, meat, and fish, which contain little to no fiber. These low fiber foods move slowly through my digestive tract, and stay too long in my colon, unless I add more fruits and vegetables to my diet.

Another contributing factor to my constipation is probably dehydration. I do not drink enough liquids a day to stay adequately hydrated. My body needs moisture to move stools efficiently through my intestines.

Leading a sedentary lifestyle, sitting or lying around for extended periods of time, can lead to constipation. When I get up and move around, this stimulates my digestive system to get up and move too. Indicating that an exercise routine is very important to my digestive health.

Stress can contribute to constipation. This type of lifestyle has negative emotional, mental, and physical elements compounding my problem. Other likely causes are certain medications, and obstruction, pregnancy, metabolic and endocrine disorders.