When you’re feeling weighed down and bloated with constipation, life can get very uncomfortable. Some of the symptoms of constipation include feeling blocked or can’t empty your bowels, abdominal pain, nausea, bloating, straining to have a bowel movement and hard stools. It can be chronic or happen occasionally.
The Prophet (saws) encouraged the use of Senna as a laxative. He said, “In the Senna and Sanoot (cumin) are a cure for every disease except death.” Senna leaves can be used to treat constipation, IBS and haemorrhoids (piles) and as a weight loss aid.
Constipation is a condition of the digestive system where an individual has hard feces that are difficult to expel. In most cases, this occurs because the colon has absorbed too much water from the food that is in the colon.
The slower the food moves through the digestive tract, the more water the colon will absorb from it. Consequently, the feces become dry and hard.
When this happens, defecation (emptying the bowels) can become very painful.
Some of the most common causes of constipation are:
A lack of fiber in a person’s diet. A diet that contains a good quantity of fiber helps prevent constipation. People whose diets include a good quantity of fiber are significantly less likely to suffer from constipation. It is important to consume foods rich in fiber such as fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. Fiber promotes bowel movements and prevents constipation. Foods that are low in fiber include high-fat foods, such as cheese, meat, and eggs.
A lack of physical activity. Constipation can occur if someone becomes too physically inactive; this is especially the case in older adults. For individuals who have been bedridden for a long time, perhaps for several days or weeks, their risk of having constipation is significantly increased. This is because physical activity keeps our metabolism high, making the processes in our body happen more rapidly. Older adults tend to have a more sedentary life compared with younger people and are therefore at higher risk of constipation. Physically active people are much less likely to become constipated than inactive people.
Some drugs are also known to cause constipation. The most common medications to cause constipation are
Narcotic (opioid) pain drugs including codeine (Tylenol), oxycodone (Percocet), and hydromorphone (Dilaudid)
Antidepressants including amitriptyline (Elavil) and imipramine (Tofranil)
Some people become constipated when they consume milk and dairy products.
People who suffer from irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) get constipation much more frequently, compared with the rest of the population.
Pregnancy brings about hormonal changes that can make a woman more susceptible to constipation. Also, the uterus may compress the intestine, slowing down the passage of food.
Also, aging has a role to play. As we get older, our metabolism slows down, resulting in less intestinal activity. The muscles in the digestive tract do not work as well as they used to.
A change in routine can also bring about constipation. For instance, when we travel, our normal routine changes; this can have an effect on our digestive system, which sometimes results in constipation. Meals are eaten at different times, we might go to bed, get up, and go to the toilet at different times. All these changes can raise the risk of constipation.
Not going to the toilet when needed. If a person ignores the urge to have a bowel movement, the urge can gradually go away until the person no longer feels the need to go. The longer it is delayed, the drier and harder the stool will become.
Dehydration or not drinking enough water can also lead to constipation. Regularly drinking plenty of water reduces the risk of constipation. Many sodas and drinks contain caffeine which can cause dehydration and worsen constipation.
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