There’s nothing worse than starting your day by having a battle with constipation. The uneasy and heavy feeling will leave you out of the mood for the rest of the day. Constipation is a common
problem in all parts of the world. It will hit you once take your health for granted. The latest survey shows that about 22 percent of the population in India alone suffers from constipation.
Constipation is a difficulty in bowel movement. A person with optimum health should defecate at least once a day. However, someone experiencing constipation will have less bowel movements.
In an Ayurvedic perspective, constipation occurs when a person’s Vata dosha disturbs the colon, creating dryness and preventing it from functioning correctly. Since Vata is responsible for
movement and elimination of body waste, experiencing constipation is considered an imbalance in Vata dosha.
What Are the Common Causes of Constipation
Numerous factors can lead to constipation. It can be due to what you eat, how you eat the food, as well as some emotional aspects and lifestyle. Below are some of the most common causes leading
one person to suffer from constipation:
- Consumption of unhealthy foods like junk food and alcoholic drinks
- Overeating meat
- Less fiber-rich food in the diet
- Insufficient water intake
- Not paying attention to the call of nature(or not taking a dump when your body says you need to)
- Inactive lifestyle with less exercise
- Irregular eating habits
- Anxious mind
Taken constipation for granted may cause the condition to get worse and lead to the following:
- Swollen feeling
- Constant discomfort
- Flatulence that causes pain
- Severe headache
- Bad breath
- Absorption of toxins from the colon
- Pimples and acne breakouts
- Mouth Ulcers
- Interrupted sleep
How to Treat Constipation Naturally?
Ayurvedic medicine provides all-natural healing techniques to ease and permanently treat constipation. So instead of rushing to the emergency room or taking over-the-counter medications, you may
opt to try the following Ayurvedic healing process to say goodbye to constipation.
1. Have a Vata Dosha Pacifying Diet:-
Since an imbalanced Vata causes constipation, it’s recommended to follow a Vata balancing diet. It means staying away from cold food and beverages, beans, salads, and dried fruits. Your diet
should be focused more on well-cooked meals and warm drinks.
In a Vata dosha diet, Triphala will surely become your best friend. Triphala is a traditional Ayurvedic formulation composed of three native Indian fruits, including Bibhitaki, Amalaki,
and Haritaki. It serves as an antioxidant and can boost one’s bowel movement.
You can incorporate Triphala in three different ways. First, mix it with warm water to make a tea. Second, take Triphala supplement tablets an hour before bedtime. And thirds, mix the Triphala
powder form in freshly boiled water.
Triphala is known to have laxative and tonic properties, which aids in healthy digestion and regular bowel movement.
2. Incorporate Healthy Oils into Your Meal
Having at least 1-2 tbsp of healthy oils (sesame, olive, mustard) in each meal will help lubricate your colon and reduce your constipation.
Ayurvedic herbs:- Herbs and spices will not only add color and flavor to your food, but it is also an effective way to treat ailments. Below are some of the Ayurvedic herbs that
can help cure your constipation:
Psyllium - This herb is derived from the seeds of Plantago Ovata, which mainly found in India. It is a kind of fiber which is highly dissolved by our digestive system. It
serves as a scrub brush cleansing the colon. To cure constipation, mix one to two teaspoon of psyllium in a warm glass of water and drink it every day.
Flaxseed - This herb is also called “laxative without side effects” as it is rich in both soluble and insoluble fiber. Try taking one teaspoon of flaxseed at least two to
three times per day followed by 2 cups of water and see how it will magically improve your digestion.
Dandelion Root - This herb indirectly helps with constipation as it stimulates the liver to produce bile. It also improves water production in the digestive system, leading
stools to be pushed out. Let this ease your constipation by adding one teaspoon to boiling water. Let it cool down and drink at least three to four times daily.
3. Increase water intake
We all know that water hydrates our body, but it also helps our digestive system to function. Insufficient water intake may result in hard and challenging to release stools. Make it a habit to
drink a glass of water when you wake up and try your best to take at least five glasses of water per day.
Just make sure to avoid ice-cold water because warm and hot fluids are the only ones maintaining the balance of vata dosha.
4. Castor Oil
Aside from being an ideal addition to a beauty regimen, castor oil is also a natural laxative which helps stimulate both small and large intestines. To ease constipation, take one or two
teaspoons of castor oil orally on an empty stomach. It will help boost bowel movement in less than 8 hours.
Exercise can also speed up your metabolism and relieve constipation. Looking from the ayurvedic perspective, Vatas energy is responsible for stability and elimination. When Vata is out of
balance, the Apana or the Vata that governs downward motion flows the opposite way. So the way to balance this out is by going upside down.
Do inverted yoga postures such as Viparita Karani or keeping your legs up on the wall. This posture reverses the flow of prana for better digestion and bowel movement.
Eating plenty of fruits which are rich in fiber will quickly pacify your Vata. These fruits include ripe bananas, peaches, soaked prunes, and peeled apples. Eat your fruits on an empty stomach or
at least two hours before mealtime. You can also indulge in pineapple and prune juice to promote the movement of excess Vata in the colon.