Are you unable to relieve yourself everyday? Struggling to take a good poop? Learn about why laxatives are dangerous and how you can naturally relieve constipation!
One of my favorite things to talk about it the importance of a healthy digestive system, because life is too short not to take a good poop every day!
Going number two regularly is important because your body needs to remove waste in a timely matter.
If you are not pooing every day (and several times a day) then there’s a problem.
Constipation refers to the condition where you don’t go to the bathroom everyday. It may be difficult to pass your feces and as a result, you feel bloated and uncomfortable.
Everyone has suffered from constipation at least once in their lives, but if you are one of the people that suffers from this all the time, you understand the pain.
Symptoms of Constipation
If you are suffering from constipation, you may experience one or many of these symptoms:
- Going number two less than three times per week
- Hard stools that are difficult to pass
- Feeling uncomfortable pressure in your lower abdomen
- Bad breath or a coated tongue
- Depression and anxiety
- Loss of appetite
- Dark circles under the eyes
- Mouth ulcers
- Gas and bloating
What Causes Constipation?
The main reason constipation occurs is because your digested food moves too slow through your intestines. Most of the time, this occurs in your colon.
Some of the main causes of constipation include:
- Not eating enough fiber
- Dehydration (not drinking enough water)
- Lack of exercise
- Changes in when you eat during the day
- Digestion issues such as irritable bowel syndrome
- Taking certain medications such as pain killers, anti-convulsants and antidepressants
- Imbalance of your hormones
- Thyroid issues
- Taking too many laxatives
Believe it or not, frequently using laxatives to relieve constipation can actually be detrimental to your health.
Why Are Laxatives Dangerous?
Even the Food and Drug Administration has said that taking over-the-counter laxatives can be potentially dangerous. Here are some of the reasons:
1. They Can Cause An Electrolyte Imbalance
Laxatives help relieve constipation because they draw water out of the intestines to help the feces flow out easier. This is dangerous because frequent loss of fluids from your intestines can cause low levels of important electrolytes such as potassium, sodium and chloride.
These electrolytes play an important role in the contraction of your muscles, including your heart. Losing too many electrolytes can cause weakness, seizures, heart palpitations, heart failure and death.
Dieters that drink “dieter’s tea” or “slimming tea” don’t realize that these teas contain potent herbal laxatives (such as uva ursi) that are just as dangerous as other laxatives.
2. They Don’t Allow You To Absorb Nutrients
Overusing laxatives can lead to malnutrition because it doesn’t allow your intestines to absorb important nutrients such as:
- Vitamins and minerals, which play hundreds of important roles in your body such as wound healing, bone building and boosting the immune system
- Protein, which help to carry oxygen to your cells, build muscles and produce hormones
- Carbs, which are used as the first source of fuel for your body
- Fats, which protect your organs, help to absorb vitamins and provide energy.
3. They Can Paralyze Your Colon
That’s right. Overusing laxatives can cause you to lose the ability to use your colon.
This can cause even worse constipation because you can’t have a bowel movement without taking more laxatives.
If you have overused laxatives in the past and find this is the case, talk to your doctor and see if you can be weaned off. There is a possibility that colon movement might return if you stop using them slowly.
How To Relieve Constipation Naturally
Certain whole foods and natural remedies can be used to help you finally find relief!
Fennel and fennel seeds have been used to help relieve constipation for years! This is because they help to stop gut spasms and relieve bloating and gas. By eating fennel or fennel seeds, the smooth muscles of your digestive tract are relaxes. This stimulates the flow of bile and help to reduce digestion pain.
2. Caraway seeds
Caraway seeds can help to prevent gas from forming and being released in embarrassing ways. They also promote the growth of good bacteria in your gut which helps keep your regular.
Thanks to the powerful protein-digesting enzyme zingibain, ginger helps to relieve constipation by breaking down foods more completely. Ginger has also been used to reduce gas and bloating.
Pineapple has a potent natural enzyme called bromelain. This enzymes also helps to improve protein digestion and stops gas and bloating. The bromelain in pineapple also reduces inflammation in the digestive tract. Find out why the bromelain in pineapple cuts your mouth and tongue and how to prevent it.
5. Peppermint tea
Peppermint tea helps to relax and soothe the smooth muscle of your digestive system. It’s also been used as an effective remedy for irritable bowel syndrome. Learn more about the benefits of peppermint tea here.
6. Chamomile tea
This ancient tea has long been used in Eastern medicine due to its anti-inflammatory and anti-spasmotic properties. Chamomile tea helps to sooth the mucous membranes of your digestive tract. It also helps to relieve stress and relax your body which can help relieve digestion problems.
Papaya contains an enzymes called papain. This enzyme helps to break down protein and has long been used as a remedy for bloating and gas. Learn why you should be eating papaya every day.
Eating fresh parsley can not only help to freshen bad breath, but it also help to remove excess water from your body. This helps to relieve excess pressure on your colon, making relieving yourself easier. Learn how eating parsley kills lung cancer cells.
9. Apple Cider Vinegar
One of my favorite constipation remedies is drinking apple cider vinegar first thing in the morning. It helps to stimulate your digestive juices which processes food more efficiently.
Mix 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar in one cup of water and drink first thing in the morning. This will help you relieve yourself first thing in the morning.
10. Drink Water
Dehydration in your colon can lead to constipation. Because of this, you need to make sure to drink water. Lots, and lots of water.
Properly hydrating your body helps to prevent water being drawn from your colon. This helps keep your poop soft enough to pass easily. Use this Water Calculator to find out how much to drink per day.
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