You feel bloated, have difficulty going to the toilet, you infrequently go to the toilet when you wake up or during the day? Don’t panic. This is called constipation.
It is a decrease in the frequency of bowel movements associated with difficulty in evacuating faeces. We have to make a distinction between temporary constipation and chronic constipation for which a cause is sought. It produces a feeling of discomfort for the sufferer. Finding a solution and the causes to avoid them as much as possible would be a source of relief.
1-What causes constipation ?
Constipation is often the result of several associated factors: the absence of physical activity, a diet low in fiber and insufficient hydration as well as the taking of certain medications such as antidepressants, antacids. It can also be due to certain lifestyle habits such as: prolonged bed rest, an unbalanced diet or a diet insufficiently rich in fibers provided by cereals, vegetables and fruits, insufficient chewing during meals, holding back from going to the bathroom when the urge arises…
If your constipation lasts more than two weeks, it is recommended to consult a physician. It may be a sign of a pathology such as an intestinal obstruction (partial or complete blockage of the small intestine or the colon. This blockage prevents food, liquids and gases from circulating normally in the intestine) and in this case, hospitalization is essential.
2-Symptoms of constipation
To be able to cure an ailment, one must first be aware of it. How can we know that we are constipated in order to look for remedies to get rid of it as quickly as possible and regain our daily ease?
When it comes to intestinal transit, everyone has their own rhythm. Some people go to the bathroom every morning, others go every three days.
A bowel movement frequency of less than 3 times a week can be a sign of occasional constipation. In addition to the feeling of heaviness and irregularity, common symptoms are
- Having only granular faeces (often harder or small)
- Difficult or painful defecation
- Incomplete expulsion of stool
- Bloating and cramping
- Excess gas and flatulence
- A stomach ache
- A loss of appetite…
Beyond these symptoms, occasional constipation can also lead to a feeling of frustration, of not having “control” of one’s body and making one feel uncomfortable when leaving home.
On the other hand, constipation is qualified as chronic when it lasts more than six months.
Natural remedies against constipation
You can let out a sigh of relief because like any other symptom constipation has remedies to relieve itself. In this article, we propose natural remedies and even grandmotherly tips.
Yes, it’s as simple as that. Drinking 1.5 liters of water, in other words 6 to 8 glasses a day, will avoid many problems, especially when you go to the bathroom. This is one of the easiest ways to fight constipation.
In the morning, make it a habit to enjoy a nice fresh citrus juice before you eat anything. In case of constipation, this beverage will make the work easier and will be a fecal impaction remedy. Grapefruits, oranges as well as lemons are among the most fiber-rich foods. They contain precisely 1.3 g to 2 g of fiber per 100 g. So, make them your morning allies!
5- Massaging your stomach
Help your body when transit is lazy. Massage your belly by placing your hand on the bottom right of your belly, i.e. at the level of the appendix. Make 4 small circles around it in a clockwise direction. This action fights constipation and helps to get rid of intestinal gas quickly.