Are you always constipated? You’re not alone! Constipation can affect all ages; there is no exception to that. Anybody at any point in his or her life can experience constipation. Anyone who suffers from constipation wants natural, safe and long-lasting relief.
Often, nobody wants to talk about constipation and bowel habits but it is a chronic problem, which makes millions of Australians suffer. You are straining, in pain and helpless, just to pass your stool. It becomes more alarming when your constipation is persistent. Do you want to solve your pooping problem permanently? One of the best colon cleansing herbs, psyllium husks, helps in relieving both acute (short-term) and chronic (long-term) constipation.
What is constipation?
Constipation is a common bowel movement problem characterized by difficult, painful and less frequent defecation.
You can say that you are constipated if you are straining during a bowel movement due to hard stool or because of incomplete evacuation. The hard stool can irritate and even put pressure on the linings of your rectum, which causes pain during defecation.
Moreover, observe your bowel movement frequency. If it is less frequent than usual and is accompanied by straining, pain and hard stool, then you are constipated.
Some people have bowel movements one to three times a day. Others are comfortable having a bowel movement once or twice a week. As long as this is your usual bowel movement pattern, and there is no discomfort, then there is nothing to worry about.
Why do you keep suffering from constipation?
Several factors can cause acute or chronic constipation. Most of these factors slow down the gut function resulting in delayed food transit. Others make the stool harden. Here is a list of the possible causes of your persistent constipation:
- Medications such as pain relievers (narcotics), laxative (stimulant laxatives like Senokot), antidepressant, antacids that contain calcium and aluminum, high blood pressure and diuretic medications (Calcium channel blockers), vitamins containing iron or calcium
- Too much intake of dairy products, particularly cheese
- Inflammatory bowel disease such as Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis
- Pregnancy or childbirth
- Insufficient water intake
- Low fiber diet
- Lack of exercise
- Colon Cancer
Acute (short-term) constipation can be bothersome. However, be aware that chronic constipation can affect the quality of your daily living and can lead to a more severe gut problem.
Straining during bowel movement happens when you are constipated. If this happens persistently, your veins in the anus can become swollen, a condition called hemorrhoids. Often, hemorrhoids make it even scarier to have a bowel movement, as it may cause bleeding upon defecation when your stool irritates the swollen veins. Persistent straining during bowel movement can also cause rectal prolapse, a condition by which a small portion of your rectum comes out from the anus. Moreover, chronic constipation may result in fecal impaction. When your stool is stored too long, it can hardened and be very difficult to evacuate.
Constipation must not be ignored although it is thought to be a minor and common gut symptom. Sometimes it can be a manifestation of a more serious illness and can even lead to a more severe health condition. To resolve your constipation problem safely, you might want to see how psyllium husks can help you.
How Psyllium Husks Can Safely Help You In Relieving Constipation?
Psyllium husks or psyllium is derived from the seeds of the plant, Plantago ovata, natively grown in Pakistan and India. The seeds of this plant are small, gel-coated, and are popular for its benefits to the gastrointestinal system.
Psyllium husks are a good source of dietary fiber that promotes proper digestion. Likewise, psyllium absorbs fluids and helps in forming bulk in the gut, which makes psyllium an ideal bulk-forming laxative. When more bulk is formed in the gut, the intestines contract, speeding up the evacuation of stool from the gut. Likewise, psyllium softens the stool making it easier to defecate, with no strain and no pain.
Aside from the digestive benefits and colon cleansing ability of psyllium, research findings show that this herb also helps in liver detoxification, weight loss, bad cholesterol reduction, and in regulating the blood pressure.
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