Remember Piku? The movie was replete with conversations about bowel movement and how important it is for the morning routine to happen smoothly. Well, lack of smooth bowel movements in the morning can take a toll on your body. If you find yourself constipated, try these easy natural remedies:
Head to the kitchen
The kitchen has options that you can choose from to make bowel movements smoother. Ingest one tablespoon of olive oil in the morning on an empty stomach to stimulate your digestive system. Olive oil not only makes your food healthy, it is also an effective home remedy to cure constipation. Olive oil has monounsaturated fats, which increase bowel speed and makes the mucus lining of the colon stronger.
You can also try the juice of a lemon mixed with water in the morning. Lemon juice has citric acid which stimulates the digestive system, and flushes out toxins and undigested material that build up along the walls of the colon.
Baking soda is another good option that works for those suffering from constipation. It re-alkalises the stomach, making it easier for things to pass through the gut.
The body absorbs water from the large intestine to hydrate itself. When the body gets enough water and is properly hydrated, it will withdraw less water from the colon, making it easy to flush out toxins from the body.
It is not without reason that people are advised to walk and move about after a meal. For those suffering from constipation, brisk walking for 30-40 minutes daily can get things moving. Long strides, with the shoulders back and the arms swinging, helps move the food through your digestive system more effectively.
Add more fibre with fruits such as berries, apples and pears, beans, lentils and whole grain to your diet. Stay active throughout the day to regularise bowel movements. Stress too can accelerate constipation, so meditate, listen to soft music, go to bed early and practice deep breathing.
Avoid junk food
Apart from making you put on weight, junk food and processed food items can also make you constipated. They drain out the vital nutrients from the body, are rich in sugar and fat, and are bad for your digestive system. Junk food slows down the digestive process, making your morning routine all the more difficult. A healthy and balanced diet will make the digestive system function smoothly.
Have Kayam Churna
The ancient science of ayurveda can also help you cure constipation. Kayam Churna is a powerful blend of traditional herbs like senna leaves, ajwain, black salt, trivrit, haritaki, yashtimadhu, etc. It works as a remedy for chronic constipation, acidity and gas. The trivrit acts as a purgative, while haritaki and senna leaves have moderate laxative properties, and ajwain gets the gastro-intestinal juices flowing. Yashtimadhu is beneficial for the stomach. Together, these herbs make the digestive system stronger, making the stomach and intestines work more efficiently.