A person has chronic constipation when he is unable to go more than three times in a week – more than 3 months at a stretch. You will be surprised to know that according to a recent study, about 14% India’s urban population suffers from chronic constipation which is higher than the worldwide average which stands at 10%.
One of the main causes for chronic constipation is linked to diet. This includes high frequency of consuming non-veg, snacking on oily, processed food & low water intake. Here are 3 home remedies to treat constipation at home:
1. Raisins (kishmish)
Not sure if you knew this one but raisins act as great natural laxatives. What’s more is that this is a great option for pregnant women because there aren’t any side-effects. Just soak a few overnight and consume them in the morning.
2. Spinach (Palak)
I don’t think we’ve heard anything bad about spinach. This veggie has the power to clean the intestine. Here’s how: Squeeze out approximately 100 ml spinach juice and mix it with the same amount of water. You can consume this fresh mix twice a day.
3. Oranges (santra)
Popularly known to be a great source for vitamin C, this fruit is also rich in fibre. You can cure your constipation by consuming 2 oranges every day – especially without peeling off the white threads (for even more fibre).
In addition to the above,
- Try and limit consuming white flour (maida), white sugar and other such processed foods. Make sure your meals are light
- Eat on time (at least 3 hours before bedtime)
- Eat regular meals
- Don’t go to sleep dehydrated
Hopefully these tips help you with constipation. According to the same report mentioned at the beginning of the article, about 80% of people with constipation look for a solution only after they’ve faced one or more health problem. Don’t let that be you. If you’ve been suffering from constipation for more than 3 months, make sure you see a doctor. Persistent symptoms including constipation could be a sign of a more serious problem.