Stomach Ache is a feeling of pain in the abdomen. It can be in form of cramps or a dull ache. The abdomen is the scientific name for the tummy region of our body, the area below the chest. Generally, the abdominal pain is not very significant and fades away soon.
All of us would have experienced some sort of stomach pain, a pain in our abdomen. The cause of a stomach pain can be multiple and their origin can be coming from any of our organs in the abdomen.
Constipation is one of the very common causes of a stomach ache. It is a condition where it is hard for us to poop. Theoretically, it is our digestive system which faces constipation, where it is difficult for us to excrete our feces (the waste left in our body after we have digested our food). Usually, constipation occurs because our colon which is part of our intestines, has absorbed too much of water from the food that is inside the colon. The dryness of the feces makes it difficult for us to excrete the waste. And, the dryness is caused by more and more absorption of water by the colon- the intestinal part as the food is moving slowly through our digestive tract.
To sum it up, here are a few facts about Constipation:
- Constipation occurs because a lot of water is absorbed by the food we are consuming
- Aging, Physical Inactivity and Certain kind of Medications are a common cause of Constipation
- Constipation can be taken care of by making some changes in your lifestyle
- Laxatives are commonly prescribed for a relief during constipation as they help in softening the feces. However, Laxatives should be your last resort because of the side effects associated with them.
Ayurveda & Constipation
According to Ayurveda, Constipation occurs when the Vata Dosha`s cold and dry qualities disturb the colon and make it difficult for it to function properly. Vatas Dosha is one of the three doshas: the mind-body type we possess. The three Doshas are Vata, Pitta and Kapha.
The Wind is associated with Vata Dosha because of its mobility. Pitta Dosha is associated with the fire for its transformative energy and Kapha Dosha is associated with water.
Here are a few Amrutam Ayurvedic Remedies for dealing with Constipation:
#1. Increase the Fiber
Increasing the fiber intake in your diet while suffering from constipation helps a great deal. You can increase your fiber intake by including a lot of vegetables and fruits in your diet. Cauliflower and Cabbage are very healthy veggies with high fiber in them. Fruits like Guava and Orange are rich in fiber. Mushroom, Spinach, Corn and Beans are also rich in fiber.
The Fiber Logic:
There are two kinds of fiber which is present in our food- soluble and insoluble. It is important that you intake more of soluble fiber as it will help you soften the stool. Soluble fibers make it easier for your digestive system to release the waste, as they provide more water in the colon.
#2 Drink Enough Water
Water is very important. And especially when you are suffering with constipation, water is very helpful. Wake up and drink water. Drink sufficient amount of water every day. Fiber and Water together help in softening the bowels which in turn help in preventing the bowels.
#3 Avoid Caffeine and Tea
Some people actually need tea or coffee, to stimulate their bowels and let go of the waste. However, it is not the best of habits to use coffee and tea as stimulants for you to go to the loo considering the ill effects caffeine and tea have on our body. One of the major ill effect of drinking tea or coffee is dehydration. Drinking tea or coffee causes dehydration which in turns affects the water level in the colon and our bowels. Avoid Caffeine and Tea to prevent constipation.
#4 Cut the Dairy Products
Dairy products like milk, cheese, curd themselves might not cause constipation. However, the dairy products contain lactose which can be a problem. Lactose is a glucose found in dairy products and it can create gas in your stomach. And gas, can be a major trouble if you are already constipating. Cut the Dairy Products from your diet.
#5 Exercise Exercise Excercise
Physical inactivity is one of the major causes of Constipation, so make your today give your lazy self away and exercise a little. Exercising is important to maintain smooth bowel movements. Exercising can increase the speed of our digestive process and hence, provide more water to the stool which otherwise is being absorbed by the body when the food is moving slowly through the larger intestine.
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