Constipation means different things to different people,. Most of us associate it with infrequent stool; others associate it with hard stool. To still others constipation is difficult in passing stools also referred to as straining. While some people associate constipation with a sense of incomplete emptying after a bowel movement.

Medically constipation is described as fewer than three (3) bowel movements per week. It is less of a physical discomfort and more of a mental distress for the majority of people. As most of us are normally accustomed to at least one bowel movement per day.

Moreover it is important to distinguish between acute constipation and chronic constipation. “Acute constipation in middle age or elderly patients should prompt a search for obstructing colonic lesion”.

Photo: David Castillo Dominici/

Photo: David Castillo Dominici/

Chronic constipation if not treated rightly and in time can lead to complicated medical conditions like, fecal impaction, piles, hemorrhoids, anal fissures and fecal incontinence.

Some of the most common causes of constipation stress, depression and pregnancy. It can also be caused by disruption in diet or routine, most probably because of travelling. Eating large qualities of dairy products may also lead to this condition. In more serious cases it can be caused by neurological conditions, like the Parkinson’s Disease or multiple sclerosis.

The most essential thing to do to relieve yourself of this medical condition and to stop it from getting worse is to eat healthy, fibre rich food and adopt a regular exercise regimen. If you suffer from this condition eat more fruits, vegetables, grains which are high in fibre. Drink plenty of water and other liquids.

There are many home made remedies to cure constipation. Some of the most effective are: figs dipped in water; dates dipped in milk; a teaspoon of linseed’s with water or 1-2 teaspoons of almond oil; orange juice taken with half cup of olive oil.

But it is advisable to seek medical advice of a doctor, and to use a laxative only after his recommendation. As medication can also cause constipation.

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