A digestive problem like constipation is not something we like to talk about. Perhaps it develops in childhood, when we don’t even talk about it to those closest to us, and we don’t even want to talk about it to the doctor. However, constipation can be a nuisance not only in the present moment, but can also have serious long-term consequences. In fact, it can be easily remedied, if we just change our diet and lifestyle.
We talk about constipation when we have to go to the toilet less than three times a week to do our chores.
Why is it so important to have regular bowel movements? If we don’t, toxins and poisons build up and our bodies don’t cleanse themselves effectively. The consequences of constipation can include haemorrhoids, certain digestive disorders, nausea, bad breath, acne, high cholesterol, frequent headaches and weight gain.
One cause of constipation is inadequate nutrition. But it can also be caused by eating large amounts of processed and sugary foods, or by a lack of dietary fibre.
Common causes of constipation include dehydration, frequent use of laxatives, lack of digestive enzymes, imbalances in the gut flora, stress and anxiety. The problem can also be caused by certain diseases such as hyperthyroidism, IBS, hormonal imbalances, estrogen dominance.
Natural solutions should be preferred to laxatives. It is important to increase the intake of soluble and insoluble fibres. Good sources of fibre are plantain seed husks, ground flaxseed, chia seeds.
It is important to increase your intake of plant foods such as vegetables and fruit, and to eat as many raw nuts and other seeds as possible.
Exercise should also be included in your life, as it helps to move the intestines and eliminate stenosis. Take prebiotics and probiotics regularly to balance the gut flora.
And very importantly, if you have to go to the toilet, never hold it back, because if you do, your problem will only get worse.