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The Essential Guide To Sh*t: 12 Best Methods To Relieve Constipation

The Essential Guide To Sh*t: 12 Best Methods To Relieve Constipation

The “potty problems” are something we all dread. Constipation is painful, it leaves you feeling gassy and bloated and it’s definitely a matter to be concerned about. If you are suffering from constipation from too long and there is bleeding, you should immediately consult a doctor. But following these natural remedies and precautions (tried and tested by my friends and relatives) will help you in the long run to avoid constipation.

1. Increase your fiber intake

There are two types of fiber, soluble and insoluble. Both can prevent constipation. Soluble fiber has cell walls that retain water within the cellular structures, making waste softer, larger, and thus, easier to pass through your intestines. Insoluble fiber adds bulk to your fecal material. Go for whole-grains, cereals and pastas. Wheat bran can be very effective as a natural laxative.

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    2. Some helpful foods

    Include runes, pears, broccoli, flax seeds, kiwi, carrots, beans, peaches, pineapples and figs in your diet regularly to make things easier. They are packed with vitamins, several minerals and lots of anti-oxidants too. They are packed with fibers and good for your intestines.

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      3. Avoid these food

      Avoid chocolates, dairy products in large quantities, red meat, bananas, and caffeine. Well, caffeine can go either way, depending on whether or not you are dehydrated already. If you are, avoid caffeine.

       

      4. Exercise regularly

      Maintain an active lifestyle. Running, jogging, stretching, swimming: any aerobic exercises will keep your digestive track healthy and puts impact on your intestines.

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        5. Herbal Teas and Warm Drinks

        Dandelion tea, senna tea, peppermint tea, green tea, black tea, fennel seed tea, burdock root tea, licorice root tea and clove tea are natural laxatives. Drink these separately or try mixing some of the ingredients together according to your taste, to make your own laxative tea. Sipping warm water throughout the day instead of cold water will also help.

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        6. Acupressure

        Some people say that acupressure also helps in constipation. A point called Large Intestine Four is located at the most elevated spot when the index finger and the thumb are placed close together. Applying pressure here might help.

         

        7. Changes in lifestyle

        Lead a healthy lifestyle. Stay hydrated, fix a schedule for your bowel movements, do not ignore the nature calls and limit the use of laxatives.

         

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        8. Avoid alcohol

        Alcohol dehydrates your body and electrolytes are lost which are essential to retain moisture in your stool. It suppresses intestinal peristalsis and kills the urge to move your bowels. Avoid alcohol strictly if you suffer from constipation.

         

        9. Yoga postures

        There are many yoga postures to relieve constipation but surya namaskaar (sun salutation) pose is the best and the most effective one. Performing this exercise, consisting of 12 poses, with synchronized breathing, heals the disorders related to liver, pancreas, indigestion, intestinal problems, and acidity, thus curing constipation.

         

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          10. Apply heat and massage

          Applying heat to the front of the pelvic area with a warm towel or heating pad may help as well. You can also try massaging your belly, with slight pressure, in a clockwise direction starting at the navel and moving your hands away from the center.

           

          11. Relax in steam baths

          Constipation might be a sign of toxicity. Instead of getting passed from the system, toxins get reabsorbed from the wastes. Relaxing in steam baths or having baths in warm water might help to relax the colon, detoxify your system and alleviate the symptoms of constipation.

           

          12. Medicines/Supplements

          If any of the above methods are not working for you, many drugs (laxatives) like lactulose or docusate, can help you to relieve chronic constipation but make sure to consult a doctor before starting any such medications.

          Featured photo credit: Andrew via flickr.com

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          Last Updated on September 18, 2020

          7 Simple Rules to Live by to Get in Shape in Two Weeks

          7 Simple Rules to Live by to Get in Shape in Two Weeks

          Learning how to get in shape and set goals is important if you’re looking to live a healthier lifestyle and get closer to your goal weight. While this does require changes to your daily routine, you’ll find that you are able to look and feel better in only two weeks.

          Over the years, I’ve learned a lot about what it takes to get in shape. Although anyone can cover the basics (eat right and exercise), there are some things that I could only learn through trial and error. Let’s cover some of the most important points for how to get in shape in two weeks.

          1. Exercise Daily

          It is far easier to make exercise a habit if it is a daily one. If you aren’t exercising at all, I recommend starting by exercising a half hour every day. When you only exercise a couple times per week, it is much easier to turn one day off into three days off, a week off, or a month off.

          If you are already used to exercising, switching to three or four times a week to fit your schedule may be preferable, but it is a lot harder to maintain a workout program you don’t do every day.

          Be careful to not repeat the same exercise routine each day. If you do an intense ab workout one day, try switching it up to general cardio the next. You can also squeeze in a day of light walking to break up the intensity.

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          If you’re a morning person, check out these morning exercises that will start your day off right.

          2. Duration Doesn’t Substitute for Intensity

          Once you get into the habit of regular exercise, where do you go if you still aren’t reaching your goals? Most people will solve the problem by exercising for longer periods of time, turning forty-minute workouts into two hour stretches. Not only does this drain your time, but it doesn’t work particularly well.

          One study shows that “exercising for a whole hour instead of a half does not provide any additional loss in either body weight or fat”[1].

          This is great news for both your schedule and your levels of motivation. You’ll likely find it much easier to exercise for 30 minutes a day instead of an hour. In those 30 minutes, do your best to up the intensity to your appropriate edge to get the most out of the time.

          3. Acknowledge Your Limits

          Many people get frustrated when they plateau in their weight loss or muscle gaining goals as they’re learning how to get in shape. Everyone has an equilibrium and genetic set point where their body wants to remain. This doesn’t mean that you can’t achieve your fitness goals, but don’t be too hard on yourself if you are struggling to lose weight or put on muscle.

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          Acknowledging a set point doesn’t mean giving up, but it does mean realizing the obstacles you face.

          Expect to hit a plateau in your own fitness results[2]. When you expect a plateau, you can manage around it so you can continue your progress at a more realistic rate. When expectations meet reality, you can avoid dietary crashes.

          4. Eat Healthy, Not Just Food That Looks Healthy

          Know what you eat. Don’t fuss over minutia like whether you’re getting enough Omega 3’s or tryptophan, but be aware of the big things. Look at the foods you eat regularly and figure out whether they are healthy or not. Don’t get fooled by the deceptively healthy snacks just pretending to be good for you.

          The basic nutritional advice includes:

          • Eat unprocessed foods
          • Eat more veggies
          • Use meat as a side dish, not a main course
          • Eat whole grains, not refined grains[3]

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          Eat whole grains when you want to learn how to get in shape.

            5. Watch Out for Travel

            Don’t let a four-day holiday interfere with your attempts when you’re learning how to get in shape. I don’t mean that you need to follow your diet and exercise plan without any excursion, but when you are in the first few weeks, still forming habits, be careful that a week long break doesn’t terminate your progress.

            This is also true of schedule changes that leave you suddenly busy or make it difficult to exercise. Have a backup plan so you can be consistent, at least for the first month when you are forming habits.

            If travel is on your schedule and can’t be avoided, make an exercise plan before you go[4], and make sure to pack exercise clothes and an exercise mat as motivation to keep you on track.

            6. Start Slow

            Ever start an exercise plan by running ten miles and then puking your guts out? Maybe you aren’t that extreme, but burnout is common early on when learning how to get in shape. You have a lifetime to be healthy, so don’t try to go from couch potato to athletic superstar in a week.

            If you are starting a running regime, for example, run less than you can to start. Starting strength training? Work with less weight than you could theoretically lift. Increasing intensity and pushing yourself can come later when your body becomes comfortable with regular exercise.

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            7. Be Careful When Choosing a Workout Partner

            Should you have a workout partner? That depends. Workout partners can help you stay motivated and make exercising more fun. But they can also stop you from reaching your goals.

            My suggestion would be to have a workout partner, but when you start to plateau (either in physical ability, weight loss/gain, or overall health) and you haven’t reached your goals, consider mixing things up a bit.

            If you plateau, you may need to make changes to continue improving. In this case it’s important to talk to your workout partner about the changes you want to make, and if they don’t seem motivated to continue, offer a thirty day break where you both try different activities.

            I notice that guys working out together tend to match strength after a brief adjustment phase. Even if both are trying to improve, something seems to stall improvement once they reach a certain point. I found that I was able to lift as much as 30-50% more after taking a short break from my regular workout partner.

            Final Thoughts

            Learning how to get in shape in as little as two weeks sounds daunting, but if you’re motivated and have the time and energy to devote to it, it’s certainly possible.

            Find an exercise routine that works for you, eat healthy, drink lots of water, and watch as the transformation begins.

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