Constipation and Gas

Constipation and Gas

Are you suffering from constipation and gas, but have no clue how to get rid of the condition? The following Buzzle article elaborates on the causes and treatment for this health problem.
HolisticZine Staff
Constipation is characterized by infrequent bowel movements i.e., less than three in a week, and dry, hard stools, which are very difficult to eliminate. When the body wastes do not get eliminated properly, certain toxins are produced in the body, which cause gas. Thus, if a person is experiencing constipation and gas together, it is mainly due to constipation. Besides gas, other symptoms are bad breath, bloated stomach, abdominal pain, headache, and indigestion.

Causes
  • Dehydration resulting from insufficient intake of fluids and water
  • A change in diet or meal timings
  • Consuming a diet, deficit in fiber
  • Can be a side effect of a medicine
  • A bowel disorder
  • Stress and anxiety
Treatment
There are many over-the-counter products, available in drug stores, that can offer relief from constipation and its symptoms including gas. Typical constipation gas medicines include the bulk-forming laxatives, stimulant laxatives, saline laxatives, lubricants, and stool softeners. Besides, there are many natural remedies, which can prove very effective in curing this condition.

Aloe Vera Juice
Consuming aloe vera juice for treating constipation is a good idea. It cures the problem by stimulating the bowels, thereby aiding frequent elimination of the feces. When constipation is cured, the resultant gas gets cured automatically. Along with juices, increasing water intake to 2-3 liters per day, to rehydrate the body can also prove beneficial.

Prune Juice
Prune juice is a very effective remedy for constipation. Prunes are a natural laxative, and help the intestines to absorb more fluids. When there is an increased quantity of fluids in the intestines, the dry stools, become soft, and hence, can be easily eliminated. Thus, having prune juice can cure both constipation and the resultant gas. A pregnant woman is specifically given prune juice whenever she feels constipated.

Dietary Changes
Including a lot of fiber in the diet also provides great relief. So eat lots of fruits, vegetables, cereals, whole grains, and prunes, as all these are high-fiber foods. A high-fiber diet helps in increasing the bulk of the stools, and thus, they can be eliminated easily. Apart from that, consume foods that are rich in sorbitol, such as, apples, raspberries, apricots, and grapes. Sorbitol helps in stool softening and thus, makes the elimination process smoother. Some of the recommended foods are broccoli, cauliflower, spinach, oatmeal, asparagus, potato, honey, cabbage, yogurt, almonds, apricots, papayas, flax seeds, green beans, and the various bran-based foods.

Exercise
Incorporating physical activities, such as, running, jogging, swimming, or any kind of exercise in the daily schedule can help in treating as well as preventing constipation. In fact, constipation and gas occurring in infants can be cured by making them do some simple leg exercises. Simply, make the kid lie on his back, and move his legs in a cyclic motion. This exercise will stimulate the bowels and thus, help in curing constipation. The condition also emerges out of anxiety and stress, and it can be cured by performing yoga under the guidance of a trained professional.

If the symptoms persist for long and are accompanied by severe abdominal pain, nausea, and vomiting, it is recommended to consult a doctor for proper diagnosis and treatment.