Constipation: Easy Tips to Get Rid of It.

Constipation is a common problem that primarily affects women. Its most common causes are: low intake of water (or liquids), foods low in fiber, lack of physical activity, stress, and the effect of some medications such as certain antidepressants and tranquilizers.

Constipation is also often found in people who diet to lose weight. When entering less food, the intestinal transit slows down to capture the maximum nutrients from the digestive tract.

A normal bowel movement requires the person ingests plenty of liquids, a good supply of fiber, exercises that stimulate peristalsis, and a low level of stress. Nervous tension and anxiety can cause constipation or diarrhea. This is known as irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).

Normal stools evacuation is one time every day, but it is also considered as normal  a less frequent evacuation: every two or three days , while it is uncomfortable or have been discarded colon ‘s diseases: such as irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), Hirschsprung disease or hypothyroidism.
 
A change in bowel habit (alternating constipation and diarrhea) in people over 50, who is accompanied by pain and bloody striated stools, should lead to suspicion of a potential colon cancer, especially if there is a family history of this type cancer.

The three main measures to avoid constipation are

  1. Increase the amount of liquid. A person in a temperate climate should drink at least two liters a day.
  2. Eating fiber. Abundantly found in legumes, vegetables and fruits
  3. Exercises. The best are abdominals and walking, which allow abdominal muscles to stimulate colon peristalsis.

A good exercise is as follows. In the morning, while fasting and standing up, place both hands on your knees that must be slightly flexed. Then, rapidly throw away your air (should feel empty your lungs).  Hold your breath, and  move  your abdomen in and out vigorously ten times.  Then, breathe slowly ten seconds and repeat three times this process.

Sometimes it is advisable to go some medicines to regularize digestion. The ideal is to use those do not irritate, that do not cause habituation and allows to protect your colon. These and other benefits gives Natural Laxative formulated by Dr. Perl. This formula not only  promotes a gentle  healthy digestion, reduce gastrointestinal spasms, flatulent dyspepsia, also supports colon immunity.

Dr. Perl’s Natural Laxative is one of the most advanced digestive health products available. Is an effective blend of five cleansing herbs and  beneficial bacteria.

Its mechanism of action is given by its six natural components that act in a synergistic way:

 

  • Aloe is a succulent plant that stimulates colon peristalsis which results in an acceleration of colonic transit.  It also  has an anti-inflammatory and healing action at the colonic mucosa.
  • Senna is a plant that has a powerful laxative action. This is due to anthraquinone that iscontained in senna.
  • Chamomile reduces inflammation and facilitate bowel movement. It also has an antispasmodic action, relax the smooth muscles lining the stomach and intestine. The plant’s healing properties come from its content in volatile oils  as well as flavonoids.
  • Fennel is used for colic, bloating, irritable bowel, cramps and spasms, improving digestive system
  • Cinnamon is useful to treat mild gastrointestinal spasms, flatulent dyspepsia, intestinal colic and digestive atony.
  • Lactobacillus acidophilus are beneficial bacterias that occurs naturally in the human gastrointestinal tract. They have positive effects on the immune system and anti-inflammatory effects.  Other benefits of L. acidophilus comprises the production of vitamin K.

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