Saturday, March 24, 2007


Constipation is a condition in which the bowels are evacuated at a longer interval or with difficulty. What the right interval should be, is difficult to generalize since it varies from person to person. Some evacuate their bowels once, others twice a day, while there are others who seek this pleasure only once in 2 or 3 days and yet have sound health.

Some may have constipation on account of the change of environment or emotional tension, but the normal rhythm returns after a few days, and should not be a source of worry. The most important cause of constipation are a disregard of the call to pass motion and an improper diet. When the rectum is full, it sends signals to the intestine through the central nervous system for their movement and if this is repeatedly ignored, it gradually leads to failure of the rectum to signal the urge. The diet should contain a reasonable amount of non absorbable material (fiber) to form a bulk which acts as a stimulus for the intestinal movement. Highly spicy food stuff may stimulate the bowel to cause a complete evacuation, but this is followed by inactivity of the intestine and constipation.

Remedy for constipation

If you are suffering from constipation, and have been taking purgatives, try to stop these gradually. Your system will probably return to normal if you take enough vegetables, fruits etc. however, if you are the worrying type, you may take a mild laxative only as temporary measure without making it a habit. Remember, disregarding the call for motion is the worst you can do to your constipation. Do not Waite unnecessarily. Rush to the toilet wherever you are, whether at a party or in the kitchen.


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