Rumor has it you’ve gotten into some trouble in the ladies room.
No, we didn’t catch you smoking (but, if you are smoking, you’re an idiot). Anyway, heard from a friend of a friend of a friend that says you’re a little constipated lately. No worries – you’re one of the four million Americans that have frequent constipation, accounting for 2.5 million physician visits a year. And even more, those reporting constipation most often are women.
Constipation is a symptom, not a disease. Almost everyone experiences constipation at some point in their life, and a poor diet typically is the cause. Most constipation is temporary and not serious. Understanding causes, prevention and treatment will help you find relief.
Common causes of constipation
- Not enough fiber in the diet
- Lack of physical activity
- Irritable bowel syndrome
- Changes in life or routine such as pregnancy, aging and travel
- Abuse of laxatives
- Ignoring the urge to have a bowel movement
And, the healthy ways to keep yourself on track? Oh, I thought you’d never ask…
Water. You know this by now, and if you don’t, only you can cure your insanity. Obviously, water aids in the digestion and hydration of your body.
Mulberry Juice. This juice contains many minerals and vitamins. What the juice does is stimulate digestion and assimilation of nutrients in the small intestine. One happy helping of this and goodbye strain and pain.
Exercise. It gets everything moving, so just do it.
Prunes and other fruit. Remember when your grandma stuffed these down your throat and never gave a why? Well, she may not have wanted to say it then, but prunes will help soften the stool, making it easier to come out. But, keep an eye on your intake – you don’t want to visit the porcelain god more times than you bargained for.
Linseed. Taking a teaspoon of linseed (found at health food stores) will aid in constipation. The linseed will provide certain lubrication to help ease things out.
Speaking of lubrication, better get enough fat in your diet, too.