Monday, December 17, 2007

Native Remedy For Constipation

Today, I would like to talk to you about...wait a minute...uh...okay! Have you ever had...

I'm sorry I just can't seem to get it out. You see, what I wanted to talk to you about today is...constipation. Yes, I know, who wants to even think about that? It's a very personal subject, and unless you happen to be potty-training a child right now, it's not something that you would expect to come up in conversation.

What's a normal bowel movement?

A bowel movement is the natural method your body uses to eliminate waste. But bowel movements are not something that we're likely to compare notes about at the gym, and constipation is not exactly break room conversation at work. Since constipation and bowel movements are not a usual subject of everyday conversation, you might not actually know what a "normal" bowel movement is.

Once a day is normal, right? Well, that's not necessarily true for everyone. Normal bowel movement schedules could be as often as three times a day, or as infrequent as three times a week. However, if you're not going to the bathroom at least three times a week, then you may have constipation, especially if you are passing hard stools.

Just about everyone will deal with constipation from time to time. Occasional constipation can be caused by not drinking enough fluids, eating the wrong foods, stress or even lack of exercise. Unfortunately, some people suffer from chronic constipation and as a result, they spend a great deal of time in pain and misery.

Chronic constipation can be a sign of more serious related illnesses like diabetes, colon cancer or irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). It's also possible to develop chronic constipation as a side effect of some medications. Sometimes constipation starts suddenly. Sometimes it occurs gradually over time and you may not even notice it happening.

The Disadvantages of Conventional Treatments

There are several conventional treatments for constipation, but most of them have some drawbacks. For example, you can try increasing the amount of fiber in your diet, or even take a fiber supplement. However, this may not work very quickly, and there's no guarantee that it will work at all due to individual differences from person to person. Plus, adding extra fiber often results in an increase in gas. You should be aware that increased fiber may lead to an obstruction of the intestine, especially if you don't drink an increased amount of water with the additional fiber.

You could try lubricant laxatives like mineral oil. Assuming you're able to swallow mineral oil without gagging on it. This could provide some short-term relief, but regular use of mineral oil laxatives could lead to vitamin deficiencies and decreased effectiveness of some medications.

The Advantages of Native Remedies for Constipation

Fortunately, nature has provided some wonderful natural remedies for constipation. Natural herbs, harvested from the earth and refined for safe usage, are strong enough to provide relief from constipation, but gentle enough to avoid unpleasant side effects.

Two natural herbs that are particularly effective native remedies for constipation are aloe vera and dandelion (taraxacum officianale). These herbs are widely known not only for their laxative effect, but also for their ability to actively provide benefits for your digestive tract.

Passionflower (passiflora incarnata) is another herb often associated with natural remedies for constipation. This herb is actually a gentle sedative that relaxes your nervous system. Overall, it helps relieve the anxiety and stress that constipation can cause, and it helps to provide direct relief by relaxing the muscles of the bowel wall.

Whenever you are comparing native remedies for constipation, take a look at the ingredients to make sure it contains these three essential herbs. Bowel movements are a natural part of life. If you develop either an occasional or chronic problem with your bowel movements, why not treat it with a natural solution?

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