By Heather Caruso B.Sc., DHMS, HD
Constipation is a North American epidemic. According to some U.S. statistics, 3.1 million people suffer with constipation. Our bowels are a holding tank for our body’s waste. Our waste is not only what we eat and drink but our manufactured toxins such as hormones, acids, alcohols and cholesterol. We are exposed to many toxins every day and we must ensure our organs work effectively to eliminate these poisons.
Constipation is a serious health concern and can lead to many other health disorders. These disorders are appendicitis, arthritis, bad breath, bloating, body odour, candida, depression, diverticulitis, fatigue, gas, headaches, hemorrhoids, hernia, insomnia and indigestion. With this long list of diseases caused by constipation it is a wonder why more people do not seek an immediate and natural cure.
The Causes of Constipation
There are many causes of constipation, the primary two are a lack of fibre in the diet and not enough water intake. Some other causes are a sedentary lifestyle (motion helps to move food along which stimulates contractions of the intestinal tract), an insufficiency of bile (bile from the liver and gallbladder helps to lubricate stools), side effects from medications (pain killers, iron, anti-depressants etc), candida and parasites. Candida is an overgrowth of a type of yeast in the intestinal tract. It is caused from an imbalance of good and bad bacteria in the intestines.
Dietary Solutions for Constipation
Eat high fiber foods such as oatmeal, brown rice, whole wheat, legumes and fruits and vegetables. Drink plenty of water to hydrate the stools which helps elimination. Eating cheese and refined carbohydrates like white bread, rice and sugars tend to promote constipation. Be sure to balance your plate, half fruits or veggies, one quarter protein and one quarter whole grains. This ensures a balanced diet with proper proportions of fiber.
Supplements for Constipation
Aloe vera gel is a great healer internally and externally. If you take one ounce per day or more, it can help with hard stools. Psyllium hulls are another good remedy for constipation that should be taken with a lot of fluids. If you take psyllium and are not a water drinker, you will become more constipated. Many herbal laxatives are habit forming (they create a dependency), such as senna and cascara sagrada. For that reason I am not a fan of these herbs.
Homeopathic Remedies for Constipation
There are many homeopathic remedies for constipation. Homeopathic remedies are suited to the individual’s emotional and physical symptoms. Some common remedies for constipation are called Alumina, Bryonia, Calcarea Carbonicum and Nux Vomica. If you cannot find a remedy suited to you, or find you are not improving or your symptoms get worse, seek the help of a professional homeopath or your medical doctor.
Many people are needlessly suffering with constipation. People’s causes are very individual. It is best to improve your diet to relieve your symptoms. Eating a healthy diet and using natural remedies are a positive step towards digestive health. Homeopathic remedies are safe and gentle and suited to all ages. Typical dosage for homeopathic remedies is a 12 or 30CH potency, taken one to two times a day for ten days. If there is no change after this time, you may need to seek the help of a professional homeopath.
For the past decade, Heather Caruso has been a homeopath in Guelph Ontario and author of “Your Drug Free Guide to Digestive Health”. This new book covers 39 common digestive disorders and their natural solutions through diet, homeopathic remedies and supplements. It covers disorders such as acid reflux, celiac, crohn’s, colitis, IBS, parasites, candida and food allergies for example. For more information go to www.carusohomeopathy.com .