Constipation

Fruits that can Cause Constipation

Fruits form one of the most favourite foods of a large number of people who love to eat them in large quantities. Fruits are very much beneficial for the health and hence they too form a part of the balanced diet. They provide vitamins and the required minerals to the human body and thereby relieve weakness.   Fruits Which Cause Constipation However it is often said that there are a few of the fruits which if taken in excessive quantity might lead to constipation and hence difficulty or irregularity in the bowel movements. Though this appears to be strange but this is also a truth. So it is quite essential that you lessen the intake of such fruits. In fact banana is the most important fruit which is known to cause constipation, it is said to cause constipation in a number of people and hence it should be taken in lesser numbers. Apart from the fruits, there are certain foods which too might be responsible for constipation. These include some of the milky products like cheese, white bread products too are responsible for the same. Apart from this, processed foods and refined sugars too may cause be the main factors responsible for hardened bowel movements. Lack of fibre is one of the major causes of constipation. Eating daily meat products too is said to be unhealthy and responsible for constipation.   Treating Constipation through Fruits Though banana is a fruit which is responsible for causing constipation, on the other hand there are a large number of fruits which are useful in relieving constipation. These include strawberries, blackberries, raspberries. Apart from this various other foods which too are beneficial include apple, oranges, figs, avocado, prunes and papaya. These fruits if taken regularly are not just […]
By |January 15th, 2014|Constipation|0 Comments

Home Remedies For Constipation

Diet  Drink at least two litres of water daily. Start your day with a cup of warm water with a slice of lemon in it – before you have anything else to eat or drink. Start each meal with salad or fruit, and eat lots of foods which are high in fibre (roughage) and vitamin C. Include fresh fruits such as oranges, watermelon, chikoo and grapes, and dried fruits such as prunes, figs (anjeer) and apricots. Eat plenty of vegetables, such as cauliflower, gourds such as lauki, cabbage, and spinach. Lentils and pulses (daal) and wholegrain cereals and bread, are all good too. There is some evidence that psyllium or ispagula husks (isabgol), may ease constipation, particularly if you have irritable bowel syndrome. The seeds contain a substance called mucilage which absorbs fluid, helping to bulk up the stool. If you choose this remedy, you need to drink at least eight glasses of water daily to keep the stool moving along the gut. Do not use this remedy if you are taking heart medication. Linseeds (flax seeds) may be used instead of isabgol. However, again, you should drink at least one large glass of water for each dessertspoonful of linseeds.
By |January 11th, 2014|Constipation|0 Comments

Treatments for Constipation

Treatment plans for constipation are individualized depending on the underlying cause, the presence of coexisting diseases, the age and medical history of the patient, and other factors. Treatment generally involves a multifaceted plan that addresses the cause, minimizes the discomfort of constipation and softens the stool so it can be passed normally. Many cases of constipation can be treated simply by increasing exercise and water intake and fiber in the diet. Fiber can be found in high amounts in whole grains and fruits and vegetables and in supplements. It is also important to empty the bowels as soon as the urge is felt and to establish a usual time to empty the bowels. Medications that can help prevent or treat constipation include stool softeners. Over-the-counter laxatives are used by many people to treat constipation but overuse of laxatives can lead to laxative dependency. Both stool softeners and laxatives can also have side effects, such as abdominal cramps and diarrhea and should only be taken under the direction of a licensed physician or nurse practitioner. Treatment of constipation that is caused by the life-threatening condition of intestinal obstruction, includes hospitalization, surgery, intravenous fluids and medications. Colorectal cancer and colon cancer is generally treated with surgery and possible chemotherapy and radiation therapy. Diverticulitis is treated with antibiotics and a liquid diet short a period of time. Some serious cases of diverticulitis may require hospitalization, intravenous antibiotics and surgery. Ileus is treated by hospitalization and removing all the air and contents of the stomach. This is done for a limited time with a long tube that is attached to suction and passed through the nose, down the esophagus into the stomach.
By |January 10th, 2014|Constipation|0 Comments

What is Hirschsprung’s Disease?

Hirschsprung disease (HD) is a disease of the large intestine that causes severe constipation or intestinal obstruction. Constipation means stool moves through the intestines slower than usual. Bowel movements occur less often than normal and stools are difficult to pass. Some children with Hirschsprung disease can’t pass stool at all, which can result in the complete blockage of the intestines, a condition called intestinal obstruction. People with Hirschsprung disease are born with it and are usually diagnosed when they are infants. Less severe cases are sometimes diagnosed when a child is older. An Hirschsprung disease diagnosis in an adult is rare. What are the large intestine, colon, rectum, and anus? The large intestine, which includes the colon and rectum, is the last part of the digestive tract. The large intestine’s main job is to absorb water and hold stool. The rectum connects the colon to the anus. Stool passes out of the body through the anus. At birth, the large intestine is about 2 feet long. An adult’s large intestine is about 5 feet long. Why does Hirschsprung’s disease cause constipation? People with Hirschsprung disease have constipation because they lack nerve cells in a part or all of the large intestine. The nerve cells signal muscles in the large intestine to push stool toward the anus. Without a signal to push stool along, stool will remain in the large intestine. In a healthy large intestine the nerve cells are found throughout the large intestine. Short-segment Hirschsprung disease. Nerve cells are missing from the last segment of the large intestine. Long-segment Hirschsprung disease. Nerve cells are missing from most or all of the large intestine and sometimes the last part of the small intestine. How severe Hirschsprung disease is depends on how much […]
By |December 10th, 2013|Constipation|0 Comments

Good Teas for Constipation

Constipation occurs when your normal bowel movement pattern is disrupted. You may experience hard, painful bowel movements or may be defecating less frequently. Constipation can be painful and inconvenient. In most mild cases of constipation, those lasting only a few days, herbal teas containing specific ingredients that act as laxatives can help alleviate the pain and in some cases relieve constipation. Always consult your health care provider before taking any herbal remedies or supplements as they can be harmful to your health. Herbal supplements are not regulated by the FDA. Consult your health care provider if you are pregnant or nursing before using any laxative. Herbal laxatives can be harmful when used for extended periods of time. Senna Senna leaf is a natural laxative found in many commercial constipation relief teas. Upon consumption, senna leaf increases the peristaltic movements of the colon, relaxing the lower bowel, thus relieving constipation. The leaf contains an herbal stimulant called sennosides that create a laxative effect on the body. Senna leaf has a sweet flavor somewhat similar to anise or fennel. Some commercial teas that contain senna as a main ingredient are Yogi Tea’s . Rhubarb Root Rhubarb, one of the most commonly used herbs in Chinese medicine, is known to have a balancing effect on the digestive system. It has a sour taste similar to that of a cranberry. The root of the plant contains anthraquinones which have a purgative effect on the body. When rhubarb root tea is ingested, it stimulates peristalsis of the colon thus relieving constipation. Rhubarb root tea can easily be made at home by combining 1 teaspoon of ground rhubarb root with 8 oz. of boiling water. Check with your doctor before starting a rhubarb regimen. Aloe […]
By |December 7th, 2013|Constipation, Diet|0 Comments

Definition of Chagas Disease

An infection caused by the parasite Trypanosoma cruzi. Also called American trypanosomiasis. Transmitted by reduviid bugs, or kissing bugs, that live in cracks and holes of substandard housing primarily found in South and Central America. These insects become infected after biting an animal or person who already has Chagas disease. Infection is spread to humans when an infected bug deposits feces on a person’s skin, usually while the person is sleeping at night. The person often accidently rubs the feces into the bite wound, an open cut, the eyes, or mouth. Infected mothers can pass infection to their baby during pregnancy, at delivery, or while breastfeeding. Chagas disease primarily affects low income people living in rural areas. Many people get the infection during childhood. The early stage of infection (acute Chagas disease) usually is not severe, but sometimes it can cause death, particularly in infants. However, in about one-third of those who get the infection, chronic symptoms develop after 10-20 years. For these persons who develop chronic symptoms, the average life expectancy decreases by an average of 9 years. There are three stages of infection with Chagas disease. Acute: Acute symptoms only occur in about 1% of cases. Most people infected do not seek medical attention. The most recognized symptom of acute Chagas infection is the Romaña’s sign, or swelling of the eye on one side of the face, usually at the bite wound or where feces were rubbed into the eye. Other symptoms are usually not specific for Chagas infection. These symptoms may include fatigue, fever, enlarged liver or spleen, and swollen lymph glands. Sometimes, a rash, loss of appetite, diarrhea, and vomiting occur. In infants and in very young children with acute Chagas disease, […]
By |December 6th, 2013|Constipation|0 Comments

What causes constipation?

Theoretically, constipation can be caused by the slow passage of digesting food through any part of the intestine. More than 95% of the time, however, the slowing occurs in the colon. Habit Bowel movements are under voluntary control. This means that the normal urge people feel when they need to have a bowel movement can be suppressed. Although occasionally it is appropriate to suppress an urge to defecate (for example, when a bathroom is not available), doing this too frequently can lead to a disappearance of urges and result in constipation. Diet Fiber is important in maintaining a soft, bulky stool. Diets that are low in fiber can, therefore, cause constipation. The best natural sources of fiber are fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. Laxatives One suspected cause of severe constipation is the over-use of stimulant laxatives (for example, senna , castor oil, and certain herbs). An association has been shown between the chronic use of stimulant laxatives and damage to the nerves and muscles of the colon, and it is believed by some that the damage is responsible for the constipation. It is not clear, however, whether the laxatives have caused the damage or whether the damage existed prior to the use of laxatives and, indeed, has caused the laxatives to be used. Nevertheless, because of the possibility that stimulant laxatives can damage the colon, most experts recommend that stimulant laxatives be used as a last resort after non-stimulant treatments have failed. Hormonal disorders Hormones can affect bowel movements. For example: Too little thyroid hormone (hypothyroidism) and too much parathyroid hormone (by raising the calcium levels in the blood) can cause constipation. At the time of a woman’s menstrual periods, estrogen and progesterone levels are high and may cause constipation. However, this is rarely […]
By |December 6th, 2013|Constipation|0 Comments

Best Fruit Juices for Constipation

Sooner or later, it happens to most everyone — constipation. If you’re looking for a natural alternative to taking a medicinal laxative, certain kinds of fruit can often relieve constipation by virtue of their fiber and sugar content. Eating fruit with laxative effects, along with drinking plenty of fluids and participating in regular physical activity, can usually get things moving again in short order. Prunes and Plums Prunes are the “superfruit” when it comes to relieving constipation. The laxative effect of prunes is due to high concentrations of the naturally occurring sugar sorbitol and plant fiber. Your intestines cannot break down sorbitol. When you eat sorbitol-rich fruit, the undigested sugar pulls large amounts of water into your intestines, which helps push the stool through and promotes bowel movements. This effect is so predictable that manufactured sorbitol is sometimes used as a medicinal laxative. The high fiber content of prunes adds stool bulk, which also promotes movement of fecal material through your bowels. Prunes, which are dried plums, provide you with more concentrated sorbitol and fiber than their fresh counterparts. If you prefer fresh plums, they provide the same benefits if you eat enough of them. Prune juice is another option. Everyone’s digestive system responds differently, so you may need to experiment to find out how many prunes or plums will relieve your constipation. In an April 2011 article published in “Alimentary Pharmacology & Therapeutics,” Dr. Ashok Attaluri and colleagues found that 50 g of prunes — roughly four or five prunes — twice daily, were more effective than psyllium for the treatment of mild to moderate constipation. Pears If you don’t like prunes and plums, not a problem. Pears are also high in sorbitol and fiber. To get the […]
By |December 5th, 2013|Constipation, Diet|0 Comments