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Nine Easy Home Remedies For Constipation

Nine Easy Home Remedies For Constipation

There are few things more debilitating than a bout of constipation. It’s not only uncomfortable, it can have more serious side effects like fissures and bleeding. Many people turn to laxatives when constipation strikes. However, according to WebMD, overuse of laxatives can cause weakening of the bowel muscles and, ultimately worsen the condition. While bowel movements vary from person to person, less than three a week could be a sign that you need to change your habits. Read on for some easy home remedies against constipation.

1. A Prune A Day

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    Prunes, or dried plums, are most likely the method grandma used to get rid of constipation. And it seems she knew best. Packed with insoluble fibre and gentle natural laxatives like sorbitol and dihydrophenylisatin, prunes can work wonders on the system. Prune juice may not be everybody’s favorite drink (especially not children’s), so mix it with another juice to hide the flavor.

    2. Try Some Dandelion

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      Dandelions get a bad rap from gardening folk, but did you know that a cup of dandelion tea is one of the best home remedies for constipation? Dandelions, like prunes, contain gentle laxatives and have a great detoxifying effect.

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      3. The Good Oil

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        Oil helps to lubricate your intestines, which makes passing stools easier, and there are three oils in particular that help get the job done:

        Omega 3 or fish oil supplements are a good source of omega-3, as well as a great home remedy for constipation.

        Castor oil is readily available from pharmacists. It’s quite potent and acts quickly on the system, so be careful to follow the instructions on the bottle carefully, especially when giving it to children. One spoonful of it should be enough.

        Pure olive oil stimulates your digestive system, which helps get things moving through your colon. In the morning, swallow one tablespoon of olive oil while your stomach is still empty. It’s a good idea to mix it with lemon juice, as lemon juice is another natural way to get rid of constipation.

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        Remember, prevention is key, so it’s worthwhile including some of these preventative measures as well:

        4. Is Milk Giving You Problems?

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          Some studies have linked constipation to lactose intolerance in children. So if you’re lactose intolerant, dairy could be the culprit. It may be worth getting your doctor to check if you are lactose intolerant.

          5. Friendly Bacteria

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            These days, our stomachs are constantly bombarded with processed sugars and other foods. This wreaks havoc on our digestive systems and depletes the natural bacteria found in our stomachs. A good way to keep the good bacteria alive is to eat a cup of live yoghurt every day. Nutritionists say that the probiotics in yoghurt are known to cut down the risk of constipation. Eat it at breakfast with some bran or a good high-fibre cereal as a great home remedy for constipation.

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            6. Flush it Out

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              Drinking water is one of the best ways to flush waste from our bodies. If you’re prone to constipation, make sure you drink 10-20 ounces of pure water every morning before breakfast. Warm it up and add some lemon juice for best results.

              7. Fantastic Fibre

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                Because dietary fibre isn’t absorbed into the bloodstream, it goes straight to the colon, where it absorbs water and bulks up your stools, making them easier to pass. The best sources of natural fibre are wholewheat breads and cereals, as well as fruits and vegetables. So cut out the processed foods and up your intake of wholewheat bread and pasta, bran, broccoli, apples, pears, berries and lentils. Flaxseed is one of the best sources of fibre there is, and it has a great nutty taste. Add it to your morning cereal for an extra kick.

                8. Get Moving

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                  We all know that exercise is beneficial. But few people know that these benefits include preventing constipation. Lifestyles that involve sitting for most of the day contribute to unhealthy bowels. Moving the body, in whatever way, activates colon muscles ensuring that waste passes more easily. There are also specific exercises, especially yoga poses, that help get rid of constipation.

                  9. Quality Toilet Time

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                    It might sound strange, but one of the best home remedies for constipation is to develop good toilet habits. Mornings are prime time for waste elimination, so develop a morning routine that involves some relaxed toilet time. Bring a book or listen to music if you need to, anything that makes you less tense. And if you feel the urge to go, always follow it, as holding on increases the amount of time a stool spends in the bowels, which will make it harder and more difficult to pass.

                    Constipation can be a pain in the butt. But it shouldn’t stop you from enjoying a full and healthy life. Make a few dietary and lifestyle changes, and you’ll soon begin to notice changes. If the problem still persists, consult your doctor.

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                    Linda Paull

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                    Last Updated on September 28, 2020

                    The Pros and Cons of Working from Home

                    The Pros and Cons of Working from Home

                    At the start of the year, if you had asked anyone if they could do their work from home, many would have said no. They would have cited the need for team meetings, a place to be able to sit down and get on with their work, the camaraderie of the office, and being able to meet customers and clients face to face.

                    Almost ten months later, most of us have learned that we can do our work from home and in many ways, we have discovered working from home is a lot better than doing our work in a busy, bustling office environment where we are inundated with distractions and noise.

                    One of the things the 2020 pandemic has reminded us is we humans are incredibly adaptable. It is one of the strengths of our kind. Yet we have been unknowingly practicing this for years. When we move house we go through enormous upheaval.

                    When we change jobs, we not only change our work environment but we also change the surrounding people. Humans are adaptable and this adaptability gives us strength.

                    So, what are the pros and cons of working from home? Below I will share some things I have discovered since I made the change to being predominantly a person who works from home.

                    Pro #1: A More Relaxed Start to the Day

                    This one I love. When I had to be at a place of work in the past, I would always set my alarm to give me just enough time to make coffee, take a shower, and change. Mornings always felt like a rush.

                    Now, I can wake up a little later, make coffee and instead of rushing to get out of the door at a specific time, I can spend ten minutes writing in my journal, reviewing my plan for the day, and start the day in a more relaxed frame of mind.

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                    When you start the day in a relaxed state, you begin more positively. You find you have more clarity and more focus and you are not wasting energy worrying about whether you will be late.

                    Pro #2: More Quiet, Focused Time = Increased Productivity

                    One of the biggest difficulties of working in an office is the noise and distractions. If a colleague or boss can see you sat at your desk, you are more approachable. It is easier for them to ask you questions or engage you in meaningless conversations.

                    Working from home allows you to shut the door and get on with an hour or two of quiet focused work. If you close down your Slack and Email, you avoid the risk of being disturbed and it is amazing how much work you can get done.

                    An experiment conducted in 2012 found that working from home increased a person’s productivity by 13%, and more recent studies also find significant increases in productivity.[1]

                    When our productivity increases, the amount of time we need to perform our work decreases, and this means we can spend more time on activities that can bring us closer to our family and friends as well as improve our mental health.

                    Pro #3: More Control Over Your Day

                    Without bosses and colleagues watching over us all day, we have a lot more control over what we do. While some work will inevitably be more urgent than others, we still get a lot more choice about what we work on.

                    We also get more control over where we work. I remember when working in an office, we were given a fixed workstation. Some of these workstations were pleasant with a lot of natural sunlight, but other areas were less pleasant. It was often the luck of the draw whether we find ourselves in a good place to work or not.

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                    By working from home we can choose what work to work on and whether we want to face a window or not. We can get up and move to another place, and we can move from room to room. And if you have a garden, on nice days you could spend a few hours working outside.

                    Pro #4: You Get to Choose Your Office Environment

                    While many companies will provide you with a laptop or other equipment to do your work, others will give you an allowance to purchase your equipment. But with furniture such as your chair and desk, you have a lot of freedom.

                    I have seen a lot of amazing home working spaces with wonderful sets up—better chairs, laptop stands that make working from a laptop much more ergonomic and therefore, better for your neck.

                    You can also choose your wall art and the little nick-nacks on your desk or table. With all this freedom, you can create a very personal and excellent working environment that is a pleasure to work in. When you are happy doing your work, you will inevitably do better work.

                    Con #1: We Move a Lot Less

                    When we commute to a place of work, there is movement involved. Many people commute using public transport, which means walking to the bus stop or train station. Then, there is the movement at lunchtime when we go out to buy our lunch. Working in a place of work requires us to move more.

                    Unfortunately, working from home naturally causes us to move less and this means we are not burning as many calories as we need to.

                    Moving is essential to our health and if you are working from home you need to become much more aware of your movement. To ensure you are moving enough, make sure you take your lunch breaks. Get up from your desk and move. Go outside, if you can, and take a walk. And, of course, refrain from regular trips to the refrigerator.

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                    Con #2: Less Human Interaction

                    One of the nicest things about bringing a group of people together to work is the camaraderie and relationships that are built over time. Working from home takes us away from that human interaction and for many, this can cause a feeling of loss.

                    Humans are a social species—we need to be with other people. Without that connection, we start to feel lonely and that can lead to mental health issues.

                    Zoom and Microsoft Teams meeting cannot replace that interaction. Often, the interactions we get at our workplaces are spontaneous. But with video calls, there is nothing spontaneous—most of these calls are prearranged and that’s not spontaneous.

                    This lack of spontaneous interaction can also reduce a team’s ability to develop creative solutions—there’s just something about a group of incredibly creative people coming together in a room to thrash out ideas together that lends itself to creativity.

                    While video calls can be useful, they don’t match the connection between a group of people working on a solution together.

                    Con #3: The Cost of Buying Home Office Equipment

                    Not all companies are going to provide you with a nice allowance to buy expensive home office equipment. 100% remote companies such as Doist (the creators of Todoist and Twist) provide a $2,000 allowance to all their staff every two years to buy office equipment. Others are not so generous.

                    This can prove to be expensive for many people to create their ideal work-from-home workspace. Many people must make do with what they already have, and that could mean unsuitable chairs that damage backs and necks.

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                    For a future that will likely involve more flexible working arrangements, companies will need to support their staff in ways that will add additional costs to an already reduced bottom line.

                    Con #4: Unique Distractions

                    Not all people have the benefit of being able to afford childcare for young children, and this means they need to balance working and taking care of their kids.

                    For many parents, being able to go to a workplace gives them time away from the noise and demands of a young family, so they could get on with their work. Working from home removes this and can make doing video calls almost impossible.

                    To overcome this, where possible, you need to set some boundaries. I know this is not always possible, but it is something you need to try. You should do whatever you can to make sure you have some boundaries between your work life and home life.

                    Final Thoughts

                    Working from home can be hugely beneficial for many people, but it can also bring serious challenges to others.

                    We are moving towards a new way of working. Therefore, companies need to look at both the pros and cons of working from home and be prepared to support their staff in making this transition. It will not be impossible, but a lot of thought will need to go into it.

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