Constipation is an unpleasant condition where a person has infrequent or uncomfortable bowel movements. In general, a constipated person is deemed to be mildly constipated if, after passing stool, bowel movements only result in the passing of only very little amounts of dry, hard stool, typically less than three to five times a day.
However, if the bowel movement becomes more frequent and/or occurs during hours when water does not seem to pass through, then constipation may become a real problem. Usually, constipation occurs as a temporary phenomenon caused by stress or emotional upset; but sometimes, it can also result from chronic diarrhea (which occurs for extended periods of time).
Constipation occurs because the muscles in the rectum are relaxed too far. This causes the stool to push against the walls of the colon. It is important to keep the colon’s walls strong. And that is achieved through eating healthy foods rich in fiber and water.
Fiber-rich foods are fruits and vegetables. Fiber can be found in whole grains, nuts, beans, and seeds, and in dried fruits such as papaya.
Water helps flush the stool. You should drink at least eight glasses of water each day to help maintain proper colon health. Water also aids in passing stools when sitting.
If you suffer from constipation symptoms, your doctor may prescribe certain medications. One common medication for constipation is Metoclopramide, which is taken in a pill form. Metoclopramide works by changing the activity of nerve cells in the lower intestine. Another common medication is Methylnaltrexone, which is taken in the form of an injection.
Other herbal remedies can also be used. Examples include Bowtrol, which are available as a liquid supplement, and Diflucan. In addition, there are several natural supplements available on the market containing herbs that have been shown to help treat constipation.
Some people prefer to treat constipation naturally. One such method is called colonic irrigation, in which enema-like instruments are inserted into the rectum to cleanse the colon. Another method is to add some psyllium to the drink of someone who is constipating. And then drinking it.
Other natural remedies that are effective for treating constipation are laxative powder, which is made from wheat grass and other herbs. Laxatives are taken either in the form of an enema or taken orally. When the laxatives are taken orally, it is absorbed by the intestines where they act to relax the muscle walls and allow stool to pass more easily.
Other natural remedies include the use of fiber, a type of supplement that is used to improve the absorption of nutrients in the body. It also aids in the movement of bowels and prevents constipation.
Most laxatives are taken in pill form. However, some doctors recommend the consumption of a liquid laxative with a fiber supplement (like psyllium).
Natural methods do not always work for everyone. However, they can prove very effective in helping to treat some forms of constipation.