Tuesday , 20 November 2018
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Deepika Rathod

Have you ever felt stacked up because your morning motion wasn’t great and did not clear up? This also happens when the stomach isn’t clean as such. What are the reasons for such issues? These problems can be caused due to low fibre diets, repeatedly ignoring the urge to go, less hydration, lack of exercise and sometimes even stress and less sleep.

What should we do to help ourselves? The answer lies in the above mentioned problem. One should begin consuming a diet high in insoluble fibre. Insoluble fibre hydrates and moves the waste easily through the intestines. It helps prevent constipation and keeps one’s motion regular. Salads are a good source of fibre; include an array of vegetables like cucumber, carrots, cabbage, lettuce, onions, bell peppers, etc to your diet. These foods will not only add fibre but will also provide a good amount of digestive enzymes too ensure digestion is in check. When we increase our fibre intake we need to make sure that hydration levels are optimum as fibre soaks up the water in the intestine and can lead to more dehydration. Drink adequate amounts of water and stay hydrated to avoid constipation in the future.

Being physically active improves blood circulation which also increased the uptake of nutrients in the stomach improves and eases constipation.It also helps constipation by reducing the amount of time the food takes to move through the large intestine, and also limits the amount of water absorbed by the body from the stool.

Here are a few points to keep in mind

We generally reach for a quick fix whenever we are suffering from anything, and constipation is no different. We try and take laxatives to improve the bowel moment and it actually works by stimulating bowel activity. Such stimulant laxatives should be taken only as directed. If used for long periods of time, stimulant laxatives can lead to dependence, meaning the body simply won’t function properly without them.

A diet high in cheese and other low-fibre or high-fat foods such as too much of eggs and meat throughout the day can slow down your digestion and lead to constipation. The obvious solution? Go slow on your intake of such foods and increase fibre.

For some people caffeine can also lead to dehydration and constipation as these act as diuretics which eliminate water from the body.

Avoid having a lot of dry foods.

Hope you choose your food wisely! I’ve read ‘What doesn’t come through our stools comes through our skin’!

 

(Writer can be reached at nutritionhub77@gmail.com)

 

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