Constipation? We often laugh at constipation, although there is nothing to laugh about.
When you can’t go to the bathroom for a few days in a row, you feel bloated and unhappy. Trying to have stool day after day can also lead to more serious problems, such as hemorrhoids or even prolapse (coming out of) rectal tissue.
An estimated 40% to 60% of older adults have a common problem with constipation, although the aging process should not be blamed. “It simply came to our notice then. Decreased physical activity affects the regularity of stools. In addition, it can be a side effect of some medications that many older adults take. ” Dr. Stanley Rosenberg, associate professor at Harvard Medical School and gastroenterologist at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.
Signs and symptoms of constipation
- stool removal is difficult and uncommon
- the stools may be hard, dry, abnormally large or small
- feeling bloated or nauseous
- loss of appetite
- weight loss
- pain or cramps
- blood in the stool
- hard and swollen abdomen
- intestinal tension
- feeling of incomplete evacuation
- defecation pain
- sensation of blockage in the rectum
- Hemorrhoids can be caused by constipation
Causes that lead to constipation
- low fiber diet
- limited fluid intake
- long-term use of laxatives
- ignoring the need to go to the toilet
- changing the daily schedule, travel can lead to constipation
- side effect after taking some drugs (sedatives, some antidepressants, antihypertensives)
- depression and anxiety
- medical conditions such as: intestinal occlusion, Parkinson’s disease, spinal cord injuries, diabetes, hypercalcemia, multiple sclerosis, thyroid disease, history of stroke, intestinal diseases, Hirschsprung’s disease, hypokalemia, cancer.
Consequences of constipation
The consequences of constipation can be quite serious, such as: rectal impact, hemorrhoids, rectal lesions, anal fissures, prolapse, partial or total intestinal obstruction, colon perforation, infections, sepsis, cardiac arrhythmias or syncope, impaired absorption of oral medications. The risk of colon cancer is higher in people with chronic constipation.
The best natural remedy for constipation
The natural remedy for constipation, also known as “hospital jam” helps you solve any problem. The name of this remedy comes from an experiment on a group of patients who were experiencing a severe form of constipation.
- 150 g dates (1 cup)
- 150 g prune (1 cana)
- 1.5 cups boiled water (or less for a thicker consistency)
How is it prepared?
Cut the dates and plums into small pieces, then boil them in water until the mixture decreases and begins to thicken.
The amount obtained is about 20 servings of 1 tablespoon each. The jam can be consumed by people of all ages.
You can consume the jam as such, spread on bread, mixed with yogurt or cereals and milk. Plums are very nutritious, contain a lot of fiber and have a laxative effect. For this reason, they have been prescribed for a long time in cases of constipation. The laxative properties are primarily due to sorbitol.
Dates are often described as a laxative food. Because of this they are frequently consumed by people suffering from constipation. For optimal effects, it is recommended to keep the dates in the water overnight.
Dates are a very good source of dietary fiber – both soluble and insoluble fiber – which promotes healthy digestion and comfortable transit of food along the digestive tract, thus reducing the symptoms of constipation.
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