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Reasons for constipation

About Constipation
Constipation means that one has three or fewer bowel movements a week. But it can also mean straining to have bowel movements or passing stools that are small, hard and dry.

Symptoms and Causes
Poor diet and an inactive lifestyle are the most common causes of constipation. A lack of exercise and eating too much junk food can wreak havoc on your digestive health. Reasons that cause constipation:

1. Dairy products: A diet high in cheese and other low-fiber/high-fat foods such as eggs and meat can slow down your digestion
2. Foods high in fat and sugar
3. Lack of high-fiber foods
4. Lack of water and other fluids
5. Alcohol or caffeine
6. Medications such as antacids (with aluminum and calcium), antidepressants and blood pressure treatments.
7. Some health conditions can cause constipation, these include stroke, Parkinson’s disease, spinal cord injury, hypothyroidism (underactive thyroid), pregnancy, diabetes and lupus

Remedial Action

Home Remedies
a) Eat foods that are rich in fiber such as papaya, cabbage and beans
b) Eat freshly cooked food.
c) Drink 8 to 10 glasses of water regularly.
d) Green leafy vegetables and salads can help curb constipation
e) Avoid alcohol and quit smoking to reduce constipation.
f) Exercise regularly.
g) Try to have a tension free and relaxed mind.

Ayurvedic herbs for constipation
isabgol, triphala, flaxseed and dandelion root

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