Constipation

Constipation is a condition that branches from the digestive system. It is essentially when an individual experiences difficulty passing stools or cannot fully empty their bowels regularly. This generally occurs due to a cause of two possible imbalances within the body.

 

  1. Excess-type Constipation – Excessive heat within the colon, therefore presenting a dry environment where stools become stale and difficult to pass through the body.
  1. Deficiency Constipation Inadequate amount of fluids/blood within the body, which likely will result in the over expulsion of fluids from food consumed in the body. Following will create dryness and further constipation.

 

Possible causes:

Lack of fiber

Dehydration

Dairy products

Physical inactivity

Changes in routine

Pregnancy

Certain medications

Foods that should be avoided:

Products containing baking soda/powder

Alcohol, tea

Yeasted bread

Refined foods (white flour, white sugar, white rice)

 

 

Foods to reach for:

Cabbage, cauliflower, asparagus, sweet potato

Papaya, coconut, figs

Bran (derived from oat, wheat, rice)

Sauerkraut, miso, kefir, rejuvelac

References

“Ayurvedic Specific Condition Review: Constipation.” Banyan. N.p., 20 Sept. 2013. Web. 27 Mar. 2017.
“BootsWebMD – GP reviewed health Information for the UK.” WebMD Boots. N.p., n.d. Web. 27 Mar. 2017.
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Pitchford, Paul. Healing with whole foods: Asian traditions and modern nutrition. Berkeley, CA: North Atlantic , 2009. Print.
“Symptom Checker, Health Information and Medicines Guide.” Symptom Checker, Health Information and Medicines Guide | Patient. N.p., n.d. Web. 27 Mar. 2017.
 

 Sheri Shmuel

 

 

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