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CONSTIPATION

Constipation is a common disturbance of the digestive tract. In this condition, the bowels do not move regularly, or are not well emptied when they move.

CAUSES & SYMPTOMS
Infrequency, irregularity or difficulty in elimination of hard faecal matter, coated tongue, foul breadth, loss of appetite, headache, dizziness, dark circles, depression, nausea, pimples, ulcers, constant fullness in the abdomen, diarrhoea alternating with constipation, pain in lumbar region, acidity are some symptoms of constipation.

Important causes of constipation are faulty diet and style of living. Intake of refined and rich foods lacking in vitamins and minerals, insufficient intake of water,meat consumption in large amounts, excessive use of tea or coffee.

REMEDIES
1.Bael Fruit: Bael is considered to be very laxative.It cleans and tones up intestines. Regular use of bael for 2-3 months throws out even the old accumlated faecal matter. It should be taken before dinner. 60gms is sufficient for adults.
2.Pear:A medium sized pear taken after dinner or with breakfast will give desired effect.
3.Guava: When taken with seeds, it provides roughage to diet & helps in normal evacuation of the bowels.
4.Orange:Taking 1-2 oranges at bedtime & again on rising in morning is an excellent way of stimulating bowels.
5.Papaya: Half a medium sized papaya should be taken at breakfast act as laxative.
6.Spinach: Raw spinach contains the finest organic material for the cleansing, reconstruction and regenration of the intestinal tract.
7.Half a lime in glass of water + 1/2 tsp of salt. Drinking water kept in copper vessel overnight first thing in morning brings good results.

DIETARY CONSIDERATIONS
Consumption of cereals, bran, honey, lentils, green & leafy vegetables, fresh fruits and milk products. Food should be properly chewed. Sugar and sugary food should be avoided.Fresh air, walking, swimming and exercise plays an important role in strengthening the muscles, and thereby preventing constipation.

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