Though we often make jokes about constipation, it’s really not such a laughing matter, specially if you’re the one suffering from it. Bloat, sluggishness, extreme frustration – constipation is a complete experience in misery. It doesn’t have to a problem anymore. There is a very simple solution that could effectively put a stop to your chronic constipation.
The body was not designed to be constipated. Bowel movements were meant to be easy. There are several reasons why people suffer from constipation but the main cause is the lack of moisture in the digestive system. The natural remedy for this is obviously to drink a lot of water.
Prevention is really the best way to deal with constipation. Make sure that you drink the right amount of water you need everyday to keep your system well hydrated.
Conventional medicine has taught us that there is no set rule regarding frequency of bowel movements. The belief is that all of us have different schedules and for some, eliminating every 3 or for 4 days is just normal.
I certainly agree that our system being in “normal condition” is widely different for each of us. However, since we all take in food several times a day, it just makes sense that the resulting waste matter is flushed out of our system at least once a day.
Skipping a day is okay but going on for days without defecating is a different matter, specially if starts to become routine. It is a good idea to get into a prevention program, particularly when you start feeling rather sick.
Your prevention program begins in the morning, after your body has just come out of a 7 – 8 hour fast while you were asleep. If you do not have the habit of taking midnight snacks, your body will have gone without food for quite a bit of time.
Just as we rest and recharge for the next day during sleep, our digestive system does the same thing as well. Digestion is a process that requires a lot of work. We are all aware that eating a large meal before bedtime results in having a restless sleep. Instead of resting, the digestive system is forced to work at digesting the food and because of this the body could not fully relax.
A good and healthful way to start the day is to drink 2 – 3 glasses of lukewarm tap water. The temperature of the water makes a difference in that it does not slow down your body which is what cold water does. If you absolutely cannot drink it this way, you can make the water taste better by adding a twist of lemon.
You should be standing as you drink your water and also after it. Find activities that you can squeeze in for the next 30 minutes that would not require you to sit down. You can watch television, read the papers, prepare breakfast or whatever. Most of us spend the rest of the day sitting down. In this position the digestive organs gets scrunched together which is why it is important to give your body the chance to work while in a straight, upright position. Chairs are a relatively new concept. Until about a few hundred years ago, people did not have chairs. They either stood or squatted as they went through the day. It would not be such a bad idea if we modern folks do away with the chair for at least the first few minutes of the day.
When the thirty minutes is over, have another 2 or 3 glasses of water. By this time your digestive system will be up and running. Aside from getting your body to a good start, the water drench will get you out of your groggy state quicker. The lethargic feeling we experience in the morning is a side-effect of dehydration.
Most people feel the urge to void after the second round of drinking. If this does not happen to you, it will happen sometime during the day, as long as you continue drinking water. Twenty glasses is the ideal amount to be taken every day. Make this a regular habit and as your body adjusts to the better care you are giving it, constipation will no longer be a problem.
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