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Natural Stool Softener: Understanding Constipation

Lower Digestive System DIagramAs humans we all need to refuel our bodies and, as you know very well, what goes in must eventually come out. This is where constipation can become a big problem and drive the need for information on finding a natural stool softener.

Constipation causes different effects to different persons, but the best way to describe it is: a disruption in the normal movement of the bowel. Sadly, there are a number of people who have been suffering from constipation for so long that they cannot even remember what normal bowel movement feels like anymore.

The Causes

So what exactly causes constipation? The following are some of the most common culprits:

  • Lack of fiber in one’s diet
  • Stress
  • Long distance travel
  • Aging
  • Insufficient water intake
  • Sedentary lifestyle

As mentioned, the above are the most common causes, which is to say that there are others. The following are the ‘other’ causes of constipation:

  • Fissures inside the anus
  • Rectocele — protrusion of the rectum
  • Any cancer that obstructs the colon
  • Cancer of the rectum
  • Hemorrhoids or piles
  • Diabetes
  • Neurological ailments such as Parkinson’s

Clearly most of these ‘other’ causes of constipation are not too pleasant to think about seeing as some of them can be life threatening. The good news is that if you are suffering from constipation, there’s an 80% chance that it is being caused by one or more of the factors mentioned in the first list. In other words, you can be cured completely.

How Do You Know You are Constipated?

Let’s face it; constipation is one of those topics that most people would rather not think about, leave alone discuss. You, however, need to understand that a person cannot be cured of any condition if they do not accept that they are suffering from it in the first place. So stop burying your head in the sand and be on the lookout for the following signs to know if you are suffering from constipation:

 

  • Difficulty in passing stool
  • Passing hard stools which may at times contain traces of blood
  • A feeling of not having finished your business after leaving the toilet
  • Feeling full and bloated
  • Going for more than three days without moving your bowels
  • Nausea

If you experience three or four of these symptoms (especially those in the first five) for more than three months then you are by all means constipated. Undoubtedly constipation is a very uncomfortable condition but as mentioned, it can be completely eliminated.

Laxatives? Think Twice

Before discussing the cure, it is important to first take a look at what a chunk of the population tends to do when faced with constipation i.e. using laxatives. Most people, today, believe that big pharmaceutical companies have the answers to all their health problems. This is why the average person will rush to the pharmacy whenever he or she feels even slightly ill. The reality, however, is that these corporations are only interested in making money and the only way they can continue doing this is by ensuring you, their customer, remain sick.

There is no doubt that gulping down a bottle of laxative will help with your bowel movement (temporarily), but what you need to ask yourself is whether that is indeed the best option. The simple answer is no. Here’s why.

It is very easy to develop dependency on laxatives, a few days are all it takes in most cases. Dependency in this case means that you will not be able to evacuate your bowels without the aid of a laxative.

Continuous use of laxatives can cause abdominal discomfort in addition to giving you a running stomach.

Long term use of Laxatives may reduce the density of the protective mucous lining in your gut consequently increasing the risk of acid damage and microbial attack.

So there you have it, if you thought taking laxatives was the best way to cure constipation, now you know better. That said; let’s now talk about natural constipation remedy.

Natural Constipation Remedy: Promoting Gut Health With Probiotics

What exactly is considered a natural remedy for constipation? In the simplest definition, it is any substance that can address the cause of constipation. If you take a close look at the first list in this article you will be able to come to the conclusion that the main cause of constipation is an inefficient digestion system.

What’s required, therefore, is an agent that will improve digestion naturally i.e. without causing the body to deviate from normal function. This can be done by increasing the concentration of probiotics within the digestive tract. Probiotics are bacteria (the good kind) that support intestinal flora, which play a major role in vitamin synthesis, stool formation and maintaining a strong immune system.

From the above, it is clear that these friendly bacteria will do more than just act as a natural stool softener. One thing you need to understand about probiotics is that their numbers within the gut are not constant; they are dependent upon overall health, age, travelling and a host of other factors. Simply put, it is your responsibility to keep replenishing your stock.

Yoghurt would be a good solution but if you are suffering from serious constipation, you’ll need to drink a significant amount every day in order to make any difference. Remember also that most Yoghurt products contain their fair share of calories meaning that if you are trying to lose weight, you will be taken back a few steps.

So what exactly should you do to combat the big bad wolf otherwise known as constipation? Obviously the first step is to change your lifestyle. If you don’t drink enough water, change the habit; if you your diet is low on fiber, change it; if you don’t exercise, get up and start moving and so on (just use the first list to guide you).

By making the aforementioned changes in your life, you will be setting the foundation for the complete elimination of constipation in your life. The next step obviously is to start using a natural product which will help increase the probiotics population within your gut without compromising your weight loss program. This, as mentioned, is the most important element in the constipation elimination equation.

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