It is generally believed that waking up early in the morning and having a good breakfast would help to keep us going the whole day long. But sometimes it is not so, especially if it fails to create the necessary bowel movement which may lead to discomfort.
Constipation, which is a very common yet private issue, is faced by a large number of people who try to tackle it with all kinds of solutions. The need to treat constipation usually arises when we fail to prevent it.
That is to say that getting trapped in a restroom is avoidable. Conventionally, people use a variety of things and techniques to create intestinal peristalsis like drinking strong tea and coffee on an empty stomach, eating some sort of herbs, eating a lot of papayas, apples, bananas, and prunes, drinking warm milk, castor oil, etc.
Interestingly, it all directly or indirectly helps get rid of the problem in some way or another. Since the mode of action of some of these ‘aids’ is unknown, it may lead to serious adverse effects as well. But trial and error don’t always help in getting a solution. In order to solve the problem, we must try to find its root cause.
The root cause lies in our lifestyle that includes lack of physical activity and exercise, consuming large and heavy meals, increased consumption of fast food and caffeinated products, low intake of fibrous food and water, coupled with mental stress and ignoring the urge to defecate, improper eating and sleeping habits, etc.
However, it may sometimes be due to some medical conditions as well as pregnancy, diabetes, arthritis, hypothyroidism, colorectal disease, and some metabolic and neurological disease as well. It has also been observed that constipation may be a side effect of various medicines like mineral supplements, some painkillers, flu medicine, and other medicines that affect the nervous system.
On the other hand, constipation, if left untreated, can cause headaches, stress, bloating, feeling of being unwell discomfort and in the long run may result in serious consequences like anal fissures, hemorrhoids, or piles, fecal incontinence, appendicitis, colorectal disease, and cancer. For reversible causes, some simple and feasible interventions can be devised of which the most important is changing one’s lifestyle.
It not only helps to prevent constipation but also prevents some other major illnesses. Lifestyle changes include having a proper sleep schedule which means a good six to eight hours of sleep. After waking up, it is important to exercise for 30 minutes (it can be in any form that suits you) to warm up the body and prepare it for the day.
It also plays an important role in mental relaxation. After burning the calories, the body can be fuelled up for the day with a healthy and hearty breakfast. Similarly, small frequent meals help more than having a large and heavy meal thrice a day.
Furthermore drinking plenty of water (around eight glasses a day) and consuming lots of fresh fruits and vegetables helps not only to prevent constipation, cancer, etc. but also helps weight loss (but remember not to drink excessive amounts as it may overload your kidney and have adverse health effects).
Evidence also suggests that eating whole grains and cereals instead of refined ones and increasing the consumption of yogurt helps to regulate the mechanics of our body in a healthy way. Constipation not only brings physical suffering buts also brings social, psychological, and economic burdens as well.
Therefore, in order to keep the engine of the body in motion and to keep it on the road to health, we must adopt a healthy lifestyle and prevent constipation before it starts bothering us as prevention is surely better than cure.