Sunday, July 15, 2012

Natural Cures For Constipation

Six natural constipation remedies that help you deal with the problem no one is willing to talk about.

Until recently, constipation was not taken into cognizance in the corporate world. Neither was its effects really looked into. However, recent surveys and estimates have shown that constipation is singularly responsible for the loss of over $2billion annually.

As a result, it has become in fact very important to address the issue and its treatments. While some of us are very familiar with the use of enemas or laxatives, we are also finding that these have side effects and as a result, should be avoided as much as possible. For instance, it has been proven than laxatives are not only addictive, they make the individual dependent on them for bowel movements. That's the reason some people are looking for alternative constipation remedies which do not become addictive and most importantly, not leave chemical residues in the body which can be harmful in the long term.

If you have ever had constipation, you'll agree with me that constipation is not only uncomfortable, it is embarrassing. When an individual is constipating, he is not in any way comfortable at all. Symptoms such as bloated abdomen, gas, headache, et.c accompany the onset of constipation.The causes of constipation are varied. But chief among them are unhealthy eating - insufficient consumption of high fiber content foods - lack of exercise, minimal fluid intake and changes in both life and environment such as changes in locations or traveling and pregnancy. Other contributing factors are diseases, and colon and rectum troubles.

So what natural constipation remedies act fast to provide relieve?
  • Boysenberry - The juice of this fruit is capable of functioning as a gentle laxative. It is to be used in the case of mild constipation not chronic ones. 
  • Cantaloupe - is a very great fruit and is adequate for helping to relieve constipation.  Its high fiber content is what actually makes it very useful to those who have constipation. It is also a rich source of both Vitamins A and C and lots of minerals. 
  • Flax seed oil - has been proven time and again to be an effective constipation remedy. All you need for maximum results is to take 1-2 tablespoonfuls with lots of water immediately after lunch or dinner.
  • Elderflower - is also very effective. All you need is an infusion of it in water as many times as it is needed daily.
  • Epsom Salts - is also considered to be another good remedy for constipation. To use it as a constipation remedy, mix one teaspoonful in half glass of water jut before bed. Please not that it is bitter so the taste does not hit you unawares. 
  • Prunes - are the natural laxative. They are rich in dietary fiber, Vitamin A and potassium. They have the natural ability to activate the enzymes in the digestive tract and bring relieve to those who suffer from constipation.
More often than not, simply adding more fruit and vegetable to your diet works wonders! The dietary fiber in fresh produce will prevent chronic constipation.

Also, remember to drink sufficient amount of water. The suggested amount is 8 glasses per day, but you should consider your body build, activities, climate zone and the season of the year to adjust the water intake accordingly.
For more information please visit the Bowtrol website

*This information is for educational purpose only. It is not meant to diagnose or cure a disease.

Sunday, July 8, 2012

It's Hot Out There! - Your Body Needs Water

We are in the middle of a wonderfully hot summer. When temperatures soar, you are more likely to experience thirst. The only beverage that your body needs is WATER.

The human body is composed of about 75 percent water. The remaining 25 percent are solid matter. Water regulates body temperature, lubricates the skin and the joints. It delivers nutrients and oxygen to your cells, removes and transports the waste products out of your body.

We lose water through urination, respiration and transpiration. Also the consumption of alcohol as well as drinks containing caffeine, like sodas, coffee and black tea for instance, causes the loss of water. If you do not replenish the lost water, you will start to experience the first signs of dehydration that go beyond thirst like headache, pain in muscles and joints, lower back pain, exhaustion, and body odor. Your urine will turn dark and have a strong odor. 

The lack of water leads to a chronic dehydration which is a root cause of many degenerative diseases. You can, however, prevent and reverse dehydration simply by increasing your daily intake of water. The amount of water you need to drink depends on your lifestyle and the work you are performing. If you are more physically active and sweat more, you will need more water to replenish what you have lost.

To calculate the amount of water your body needs, take your body weight in pounds and divide that number in half. That should give you the number of ounces of water that you need to drink daily. For example, your weight is 150 pounds. Divide 150 by 2. You will get 75 or slightly more than a gallon, which is approximately the number of ounces of water your body needs. Increase this amount if you are working out, jogging, or performing other physically demanding task. Replenish your water if you regularly drink coffee and sodas. 

The quality of water you drink is very important as well. Filtered, ionized water is most beneficial. A low sodium bottled mineral water with high mineral content is a good alternative if you do not own a water filter or a water ionizer, or are on the go.

Approximately 20 percent of the water your body needs comes from many foods that you eat. Fruit and vegetable have a very high water content. Make sure that you include enough of them in your diet as they also deliver the vitamins and minerals that your body needs to function properly.

Dehydration can have devastating effects on your body. However, the damage can be reversed. Simply by drinking more water you can eliminate pain, hypertension, digestive disorders. You can lose weight and rejuvenate your skin and joints.

Hydrate! Remember to drink before you feel thirsty.

Help yourself to a better health. Today!

By Dominique Allmon

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*This information is for educational purpose only. It is not meant to diagnose or cure a disease.
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