The vast majority of us may swallow a laxative when a bout of constipation arises but few of us actually go to steps beyond this simple self-remedy. In fact, only 3 million people seek medical treatment for constipation every year despite the fact that the condition is experienced by nearly each and every single person on one or more occasions during a year. However, as we all are very busy and probably could not even get in to see our health provider before the bout of constipation was gone, most of us simply pop a laxative and forget about it.
Unfortunately, the big problem with laxatives is that they are typically made from stimulants. While a stimulant will initiate Peristaltic Action, it can have a lot of serious side effects that make it dangerous to your overall health.
Enemas. An enema, administered rectally, can typically be monitored and the treatment for constipation controlled better than if an oral medication had been used. As adults, we tend to avoid using an enema for constipation relief as they can be quite messy and difficult to administer.
Diet is great for preventing further constipation problems from developing but the power of fiber does have its limits. For adding bulk and loosening stool, fiber is a wonder nutrient and definitely helps make anyone’s bowel movements more regular. Eating a diet that is rich in fiber is critical to long-term prevention of constipation; foods rich in fiber include: whole grain breads, spinach, carrots, kale, whole grain cereals.
Other treatments for constipation besides enemas and laxatives are the following:
– Herbal supplements
– Colon hydrotherapy
– Colon cleansing