Constipation means hard stools, difficulty passing stools (straining), or a sense of incomplete emptying after a bowel movement.Constipation is defined medically as fewer than three stools per week and severe constipation as less than one stool per week and Sensation of incomplete voidance.
Some causes for constipation:
- Poor bowel habits,
- Low fiber diets
- Abuse of laxatives
- Hormonal disorders
- Psychosomatic causes like depression and anxiety neurosis.
- Diseases primarily of other parts of the body that also affect the colon.
- Two disorders limited to the colon that cause constipation are colonic inertia and pelvic floor dysfunction.
- High levels of estrogen and progesterone during pregnancy also can cause constipation.
How to have regular bowel movements
If you suffer from constipation and have had to bear down on your bowels you probably have been straining and pushing to relieve yourself. This could result in complications like hemorrhoids/Piles.
- By changing your lifestyle and including fruits, cereals, and vegetables in your diet, you could have regular bowel movements. Have more fibres in your diet. 25 to 30 grams of daily intake can prevent constipation. Fibres help retain water in the stools thus making them softer and easier to expel.
- Whole grain cereals and breads
- Dried fruits, such as prunes and raisins
- Popcorn, nuts, and seeds
- Beans and legumes
- Raw fruits and vegetables
- Chewing your food well before swallowing helps too.
- Drink plenty of fluids, preferably water.
- Cut down on aerated drinks and alcohols.
Name – Anusha (Name Changed) Female, 8yrs, Student, Case no – xx95
My daughter was suffering from this constipation problem as a child, she used to pass motions once in 2-3 days. After coming to Victory Homoeo Speciality clinic her bowel movements have been regularized and there is no constipation.