Constipation isn’t fun to deal with. If you find yourself constipated three or more times a week for four consecutive weeks, it is time to see a medical professional about your condition. In rare cases, constipation can be a sign of a serious medical problem. Even if there is no serious reason for your constipation, a doctor can help determine why you are constipated so often and help create a diet plan that will aide your digestive system as it breaks down food.
How Can I Prevent Constipation?
- Practice yoga regularly.
- Drink plenty of water.
- Eat plenty of raw vegetables and fruits.
Practicing yoga regularly is the ideal way to prevent constipation. There are many basic yoga poses regularly used in practices such as ashtanga and Bikram yoga that prevent constipation. These moves, which are typically sitting or standing twists, gently massage the muscles and organs around the stomach to keep them working properly. Practicing yoga twice a week will be enough for your digestive system to gain the benefits from these poses.
Drinking plenty of water is always a must for those who want to prevent constipation. Eight 8 oz. glasses per day should be more than enough to ward off constipation. Warm or hot water also promotes bowel movements, so you can make your morning glass of water hot with lemon for maximum results. You can do the same in the evening before bed which can help with morning bowel movements.
Raw vegetables and fruits are easy for your body to break down. This is why berries, apples, oranges, bananas, dark leafy greens and carrots are ideal for a person’s diet. Filling your diet with raw vegetables and fruits will ensure you are packing your diet with enough fiber to keep your bowel movements regular. You can also enjoy vegetables steamed, grilled or roasted, but be sure you are getting enough raw servings as well.