A person has chronic constipation when he is unable to go more than three times 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%. 

Home Remedies To Treat Constipation

One of the main causes of 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 of vitamin C, this fruit is also rich in fibre. You can cure this problem 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

Watch Dr. Mahesh Gupta, Senior Consultant Gastroenterologist at Dharamshila Hospital & Research Centre elaborate on acidity, indigestion, constipation & piles. 

Hopefully, these tips help you tackle the problem. 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 Gastroenterologist. Persistent symptoms including constipation could be a sign of a more serious problem.

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