At One time or another almost
everyone becomes constipated.
Possibly the easiest and fastest way for relief of being constipated, is a simple warm water enema.
Do you eat enough fruits, vegetables, and
whole-grain breads and cereals?
Plenty of liquid helps keep stool soft and easy to pass, so it's important to drink enough fluids. Try not to drink liquids with caffeine or alcohol in them, since they tend to dry out your system.
Do you exercise at least three days a
week for 30 minutes or more?
Regular exercise helps your digestive system stay active and healthy. A daily 20- to 30-minute walk will help. Talk to your health care practitioner before starting any new exercise regimen, especially if you have a heart condition.
Do you try to have a bowel movement when you feel like you need to?
Sometimes we feel so hurried that we don't pay attention to our bodies' needs. Make sure you never ignore any urge to have a bowel movement.
Do you take medications regularly?
Laxatives are medicines that will help you pass stool. Most people
who are mildly constipated do not need laxatives. However, if you have changed your eating
and exercise habits and still experience fewer than three bowel movements per week, your
health care practitioner may recommend a laxative for a short of time. You would be far
better off using a small volume enema
Enemas are a better alternative for treating when constipated, they are faster and do not harm the body.
|Constipation is a symptom, not a disease. It is frequently
caused by a disturbance in the colon.
The normal functions of the colon are:
Constipation may occur because:
Normal bowel habits among healthy people vary greatly from three times a day to three times a week. In some individuals, constipation may refer to infrequent bowel movements (less than 3 per week). While troublesome, constipation is usually not too serious. Constipation should be treated and corrected to reduce abdominal discomfort and other related symptoms and to prevent the development of complications. Untreated chronic constipation may lead to or aggravate more serious problems such as hemorrhoids or fecal impacting (partial blockage due to hard stool).
Measures to Treat Mild Constipation:
Start with one or two tablespoons of bran in a glass of juice or water and gradually increase to three times a day with meals. If you prefer, it may be sprinkled on cereals or included in bran muffins, hamburgers, etc. Start slowly to allow your digestive system a chance to get used to increased fiber. Gradually increase the amount as necessary to achieve desired results. Bran tablets are also available - one tablet equals approximately 2 grams dietary fiber. Drink a full 8-oz glass of water with the tablets. You will find both fine bran and coarse bran available. Purchase the coarse bran because it holds water better.
With an increase in dietary fiber or the addition of bran to your diet, you may notice a temporary increase in bloating, fullness, abdominal cramps and gas. DO NOT STOP USING THE BRAN! Symptoms will lessen as bowel habits improve and usually disappear within 2-3 weeks. If discomfort is significant, it may be necessary to temporarily reduce your amount of fiber intake, then again gradually increase it as your body usually adjusts to the additional fiber. Do not give up if success is not achieved immediately.
Bran will not have any effect on stool already in the colon. It must mix with food in order to absorb water and increase stool volume. Depending on how long you have had constipation, improvement may take a few days to several months. Sometimes it is helpful to empty the bowel with an Warm Water Enema or laxative before starting the high fiber and bran diet.
Commercial Bulking Agents:
Phylum is a natural dietary fiber made from ground husks of phylum. seed, which has the ability to hold water and form bulk. phylum. holds water better than bran, so smaller amounts are needed to be effective. Metamucil, Effer-Syllium, Perdieum Fiber and Fiberall powder or wafers are brands of phylum.
Synthetic or man-made bulk forming products such as Citrucel or Fiberall Chewable Tablets are similar to phylum. They work the same way and may cause less gas. Many pharmacies sell generic brands of bulk agents which are less costly.
Begin by taking 1 or 2 rounded teaspoonfuls of powder 2 or 3 times a day with meals. These agents are very safe and if you are not getting desired results, you should increase the daily dose. Mix rapidly with water or juice and drink immediately; followed by drinking a large glass of fluid. If preferred, fiber wafers may be used. The wafers should also be eaten with 8 ounces of your favorite beverage and, for best results, followed by another glass of liquid. Start with 2 wafers a day and increase to 2 wafers 3 times a day. Again, it may be a few days to several months before the desired effects are seen. Some of the recommended bulk agents are listed below - note the difference in dosage.
Each dose listed is equal to approximately 3.4 grams of phylum. and may be taken 1-3 times a day.
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Warning: Do not use enemas or laxatives if abdominal
pain, nausea, or vomiting are present unless directed by your health care provider.
Rectal bleeding or failure to have a bowel movement after use of a laxative or enema may indicate a serious condition.
Discontinue use and consult your health care provider.
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