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Dealing With Constipation Effectively

May 17, 2008
When you are plagued with a temporary bout of constipation you may want to reach for an over-the-counter medication for relief. But, is it really the best decision? In any case, constipation may be signaling you toward other health issues that may require you see a medical professional. However, it could be that your irregularity should be examined by looking at your diet instead of only masking symptoms.

If you choose not to deal with constipation by looking at the cause, your treatment of the symptoms may worsen your condition. The treatment may lead to your present digestive system disorder getting worse and may wreck havoc in your gastrointestinal tract! Likewise, if you utilize medications just to get rid of your constipation, your digestive tract could possibly begin requiring artificial stimuli from the medication before you can void naturally.

Begin with an honest assessment of your nutritional intake. Is it healthy and balanced and do you consume proteins and carbohydrates? Or are you following a fad diet that has you decidedly lopsided in the carbohydrate or protein department? Constipation almost always points to a potential nutritional deficiency as well as a fiber shortage!

If your food intake is a bit suspect, begin by cutting out the obvious suspects such as junk food and fast food. Next, be sure to fight your constipation by increasing your fiber intake. Do this naturally by adding a couple of servings of veggies to your diet or by supplementing fiber wafers and prune juice.

You should be sure to look at your eating habits if you want to get rid of constipation. When you eat, be sure to take your time to enjoy the food leisurely, chewing it and utilizing water as a natural intestinal moisturizer. You will not being doing your body any favors in digestion if you eat quickly, while driving, while working or while drinking soft drinks.

Digestion is a process that begins in your mouth, with saliva adding digestive enzymes into your food and causing it to be prepared to enter the stomach. Food not properly prepared for nutrient intake can cause a digestive system to dysfunction. Frequent dysfunction logically leads to constipation.

Even you are doing everything right with respect to your nutritional intake, medications you take or nutritional supplements you choose may still impact your digestive system. Check to make sure that your medicines and vitamins are not past their expiration dates. If needed, take them with a glass of prune juice to help move things along.

Lastly, stress can be a big cause of the digestive system malfunctioning. Since you can't fully reduce your life stress; you can instead cope with stress in healthy ways. By being healthier with your stress, its impact will be lessened on your body and on gastrointestinal tract. It's quite effective to use yoga, meditation and breathing exercises to reduce stress.
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Richard Smart is a Health Expert who writes for Natural Health Products, Inc. A leading online natural health company which provides safe and effective natural health products including a constipation treatment
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