I think we’re all pretty familiar with what constipation is; what may surprise people is what it can be caused by. A few of the causes can include: antacids, changes in diet or activity, colon cancer, irritable bowel syndrome, overuse of laxatives, pregnancy, stress and more (What is, 2015).
Though we can take care of constipation at home, there is an appropriate time to call your doctor. You should contact your doctor if: it is a new problem, there is blood in the stool, there’s weight loss without dieting, severe pain with bowel movements, constipation lasting more than two weeks, if the stool is pencil thin (What is, 2015).
It may seem embarrassing to call up your doctor to make an appointment for constipation, however keep in mind that’s what they do for a living; they take care of our needs. Trust me, I’ve had to call my doctor’s office and tell the receptionist about some bowel movement moments but soon got over it when I noticed she didn’t have a laugh to her voice.
For fast constipation relief, consume some high fiber foods such as berries, prunes, beans (remember the bean song?), broccoli and oatmeal to name a few. Just don’t go overboard on these items as you may end up with the exact opposite issue. A well balanced diet, plenty of exercise and water will go a long ways towards warding off a bun numbing trip to the bathroom.
Another remedy can be found in lemon juice, which acts as a stimulant, and honey which acts as a mild laxative.
Constipation Relief Recipe
- Juice from one lemon or 2-3 tablespoons of packaged lemon juice
- 2 Teaspoons of honey
- 8 oz. of warm water
- To a cup or mug, add warm water, lemon juice and honey
- Stir well to dissolve the honey and drink
- Drink the this 2 times daily until symptoms are gone; once first thing in the morning and a second time at night
For those that may have forgotten that childhood tune or want a refresher, check out the link below for the bean song of yesteryear.
Until next time, discover the power of fiber.
What is Constipation? (2015, June 27). WebMD. Retrieved from http://www.webmd.com/digestive-disorders/digestive-diseases-constipation
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