Has the urbanized new-age India been cursed with constipation? Is the modern lifestyle that our country has predominantly adopted led to an increase in the number of cases of this disease among us? Let’s get a closer look at the problem and try and get around it. ‘Oh Shit’!
A shocking statistic that we forgot to mention is that 14-15% of urban India suffers from this disease, higher than the world average of 10%. Can’t help the sentiment of wanting to be above average in every sphere, can we?
The problem was most prevalent in the metros, and 20% higher in age groups of 45-65 according to the ‘Gut-health survey’ conducted by pharmaceutical company Abbott. It is a really simple term, when you aren’t able to poop for more than 2-3 times a week and this goes on for about 2-3 months, you’re constipated.
Irregular bowel movements, pain while pooping, and hard dry stool are as clear as it gets when we talk about symptoms. But the problem isn’t as trivial as it looks like. Untreated chronic constipation can lead to anal fissures, hemorrhages, hemorrhoids and even heart attacks at a later stage. Scary and disgusting isn’t it?
Imagine death by this disease? In order to be able to tackle the problem, let’s look at the causes in a nutshell. High concentration of Nonvegetarian food in your diet Dehydration, lack of sufficient water intake.
Lack of fiber and roughage in your diet Uncontrolled snacking on oily, fried, spicy and other processed junk These are a few of the main causes of constipation. The tacking bit is quite simple, with a few tweaks in your diet you can easily overcome the issue.
Today’s modern lifestyle where we’re so dependent on processed foods and full of mental and physical stress is predominantly why it is on the rise. Stress plays a key role in adding to the problem and should be avoided as much as possible. In rare acute cases, doctors can be consulted and laxatives can be taken, but in the long run, home remedies would be the most ideal and convenient cure.
Dates, whole grains, apricots and other fiber-rich fruits should be your new best friends. Up the water intake and have a glass of water every hour at least. Mixing dates and figs in warm milk work like magic! Besides this, dairy products and a spoonful of ghee could also be just what you need. Make sure to eat enough fruits and vegetables in your diet and not only meat.
Follow what we’ve told you above and you’ll have the smoothest of sailing even in the roughest of times!
Simple Remedies for Constipation:
Add this oily combination in any other food which helps you to solve the problem of dry stool. It will also add a new crunch to your food. Sesame seeds are natural laxative which improves you digestion process & helpful for the constipation patient.
Taking Molasses before going in bed should help ease your constipation. Magnesium deficit is the main reason for causing constipation. Molasses is an excellent source of Magnesium which helps to treat these problems.
In most cases, It is just a sign that your diet needs more fiber. If you are a constipated patient then from today do not forget to add fiber-rich foods in your diet like Split Peas, Lentils, Black Beans, broccoli, raspberries, blueberries etc.
Ginger is a warming herb. It increases heat in the body which helps to improve your digestion system. It tea, hot water will also stimulate Digestion. Drinking Spearmint Green Tea has a wide range of health benefits. The July 2007 edition of Harvard Medical School's HealthBeat newsletter focused on some of spearmint's benefits including soothing the symptoms of Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) and taking care of constipation.
Coffee can stimulate your colon and speed up your trip to the bathroom. Other hot drinks work too: Herbal tea or a cup of hot water with a little lemon juice (a natural laxative) or honey may stimulate your colon as well. Coffee is also a diuretic, however, so make sure to keep drinking water or your constipation could become worse.