A healthy person should be able to clear his/her bowel at least once a day. Any bowel movement less than this is considered constipation. This health issue started mainly after the invention of fast food.
Fast food was invented to help the army troops for whom it was difficult in unfavorable surroundings. This culture seeped into the common man’s life, and instantaneously, it was a big hit all over the world. People made it a daily way of life.
The enzyme-less, nutrient-deprived processed food slowly damages our digestive capacity. Constipation has now become a major health issue.
People have accepted constipation as a daily routine. What we do not realize is that regular bowel habits help in removal of the waste products from the digested food in the body, and protects us from the harmful effects of these toxins. These toxins, if they remain in the body, can cause acidity, headache, heartburn, reduced appetite, uneasiness, piles, and cancer.
Research has proven this fact.
So, what should be done to prevent constipation?
Water – Drink four to six glasses of warm water with half a lemon (if it suits you), and if there are no heart or kidney diseases, do it first thing in the morning.
High fiber food – Eat high fiber food, such as veggie salads, half an hour before every meal.
Processed food – Avoid low fiber processed, canned, non-vegetarian, preservative-filled foods, bread, coffee, and carbonated drinks, which can dehydrate the body.
Vegetables – Avoid potatoes, brinjals, or eggplant on a regular basis.
Urge for motion – Try not to avoid the urge for motion, as it leads to reverse motion of the gut and tired bowels, sometimes giving rise to constipation.
Laxative abuse – Avoid laxative abuse, which can lead to interference with the natural urge in the long term.
Medical conditions – any medical condition like diabetes, hypothyroidism, parkinsonism, or colon related diseases like tuberculosis and ulcerative colitis can contribute to constipation.
Medications – like iron supplements, antipsychotic drugs, antibiotics, and sleep-inducing medicines may also cause constipation.
Medicated Enemas – In Ayurveda, a special cleansing process in the form of enemas is recommended for healing.