Ayurvedic Approach to Gut Health – Related to Constipation
Constipation is one of the most common health problems in the world. According to a latest survey, about 30% Australian population suffers from Constipation. As per Ayurveda, this condition occurs when air(Vata’s )cold and dry qualities disturb the colon, inhibiting its proper functioning. Normally bowel habits should be regular and everyday in the morning.Due to modern lifestyle and constant sitting habits it has given a rise to this problem. Some of the most common causes are junk food consumption, alcohol drinking, smoking and over-eating. Most people affected by this problem feel bloated and uneasy with the inability to pass stool easily.
What Is Constipation And How Does It Affect The Human Body?
According to the book ‘The Complete Book of Ayurvedic Home Remedies’ by Dr. Vasant Lad, “constipation is a vata condition that expresses vata qualities like dryness and hardness. It is caused by insufficient fibre in the diet, inadequate water intake, lack of exercise, heavy meat eating and numerous other factors.”
Constipation can lead to distension and discomfort, flatulence and pain, and headache and bad breath; in fact, it may also cause absorption of toxin from the colon.The best solution is to keep your vata in balance. Book your Ayurvedic Appointment to balance your Vata -0432694206.
Constipation may also cause pimples, acne, acidity, ulcers in the mouth, disturbed sleep and heartburn, and in some cases, it may cause depression.
Remedies that Ayurveda suggests to manage Constipation:
1. Follow A Vata Dosha Pacifying Diet
One of the best ways to prevent constipation is to follow vata balancing diet. Stay away from cold foods and drinks, dried fruit, salads and most beans. Favour warm foods, warm drinks and well-cooked vegetables.
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Triphala is a fruit that helps cure constipation. You can have triphala tea at bed time or twice a day.Empty stomach taken in the morning has great effects on Constipation. Triphala has glycoside that has laxative properties.Triphala capsules works the same as tea with Luke warm water.
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3. Liquorice Root
Take a teaspoon of powdered liquorice root. Add a teaspoon of jaggery and drink it with a cup of warm water. Licorice is known to promote your bowel activity. However, it is advised you consult an Ayurvedic expert before taking it regularly as it can increase blood pressure in larger doses.
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4. Roasted Fennel
A teaspoon of roasted Fennel at bedtime with a glass of warm water may act as a mild laxative. The volatile oils found in fennel seeds can help kick start digestion by promoting the production of gastric enzymes
Figs are a great source of fibre and soaked in water helps to relieve constipation,especially in kids. Figs are highly recommended as they are rich in Iron and B vitamins too. You can eat figs every day in order to keep your digestion.