Although constipation seems to be a common or daily recurring problem, it is the start of many long-term health problems and complications as it can be a cause of stress and anxiety, lack of energy, obesity, blockages, etc. Almost everyone is prone to constipation at some point in their lives.
Constipation is generally described as having fewer than three bowel movements per week. If after three days the stool or feces become hard and you need to exert pressure, this is considered a common sign of constipation and if the stool is dry, hard and painful or you feel like you haven’t completely emptied your bowels, you will discouraged from this some home remedies need to start lest the subject become extravagant.
Why does constipation occur?
In an interview with HT Lifestyle, Dr. Smita Naram, Co-Founder of Ayushakti: “The most common causes of constipation are overeating of heavy, acidic, processed, refined and non-fibrous foods. Some people have a habit of suppressing their natural urges and drinking cold water during the day, which also causes constipation. Today’s lifestyle is a sedentary lifestyle, people sleep during the day, behave insomniacly at night and suffer from anxiety – all of which lead to sluggish metabolism and digestive problems. Consuming heavy gluten and dairy can lead to chronic inflammation in the gut and the gut can become sluggish.”
She explained: “In Ayurveda, constipation is caused by excess Vata in the body. The food we eat normally moves through the digestive tract where the nutrients are absorbed. The partially digested food (waste) left there passes from the small intestine to the large intestine, also called the large intestine. The large intestine absorbs water from this waste, creating a solid substance called stool. When you have too much vata (air) in your body, the body feels dry and absorbs too much water, resulting in dry stools. It is also caused by low Agni (digestive enzyme) and excessive Aama mucus. When the digestive fire is slow, food is digested very slowly, producing sticky aama mucus which, when it accumulates in the large intestine, results in sticky stool. Sticky stools get stuck in the colon and are slowly removed after several voidings.”
dr Smita Naram claimed that Ayurveda has many natural ways to relieve constipation and suggested some Ayurvedic tips:
1. Haritaki and Castor Oil – Haritaki, also known as Terminalia Chebula, is known for its laxative effects and castor oil helps remove toxins and balance Vata. This helps reduce inflammation, thus promoting easy bowel movements.
2. Black Raisin – This has Vata reducing properties, thus relieving gas and bloating and is a good digestive aid. Its cooling effects also reduce pitta and acidity. Soak 20 black raisins in 1 glass of water overnight. Smash it in the morning and drink the liquid and chew the resins every morning.
3. Sesame Oil – Sesame oil has the power to balance Vata. One should apply some lukewarm sesame oil on the navel and gently massage in circular motions for 10 seconds. I would also recommend taking Aampachak tablets, 1 tablet twice a day to encourage smooth bowel movements.
She advised, “Constipation can become a serious problem for some people, so they should opt for a 2-3 week detox program that smears and melts dried toxins out of the digestive system. Once the toxins are liquefied, they are removed from the body using specially designed laxative treatments and enemas. After such a detox, the digestive functions work much better than before. The stool becomes smooth. Nutrients are absorbed much better than before, creating plenty of vibrant energy to work with. Releasing the toxins also clears the mind, leaving you with a focused and blissful mind.”