What are the Ayurveda remedies and Yoga Asanas for constipation and to ease bowel movement?

As per Ayurveda, constipation is caused due to imbalance of Vata dosha and many lifestyle and dietary factors can be responsible for it.

Constipation is one of the most common health problems these days and is primarily caused by lack of fibre, insufficient sleep and disruption in routine life among others. It can severely impact your daily routine and in long run may cause painful conditions like haemorrhoids and piles thus complicating life further. Dealing with long-term constipation can be arduous and frustrating. While it is common to face this issue at some point or the other, irregular bowel movements over a period of time could lead to many other problems like mood swings, vitamin deficiency and skin problems.

Constipation is caused when the waste or stool moves too slowly and is not effectively eliminated from the rectum, which may cause it to become hard and dry. As per Ayurveda, constipation is caused due to imbalance of Vata dosha and many lifestyle and dietary factors can be responsible for it.

Ayurveda expert Dr Dixa Bhavsar in her recent post explains how not eating mindfully, excessive intake of dry, cold, spicy, fried and fast food, not drinking enough water, less fibre, poor metabolism, disturbed sleep pattern, having dinner really late and sedentary lifestyle could all contribute to the problem of irregular bowel movement.

While there are many over the counter products available for constipation, and they may work temporarily for some people, but their long-term use can be unhealthy as your intestines get used to laxatives.

Following Ayurveda and Yoga tips to ease your bowel function:

* Have 1 tsp cow’s ghee with warm milk at bedtime: Ghee is believed to act as a lubricant for the body and clears out the intestine passage. This helps in faster movement of waste and this ease bowel movement.

* Drink 1 glass of lukewarm water first thing in the morning: Drinking hot water regularly can help with bowel movement. Water softens the stool and this aids in its smooth movement.

* Practice these yoga asanas regularly:

1. Malasana: It improves function of the colon and helps with elimination of waste.

2. Ardha-matysendrasana: The asana stimulates pancreas, liver, spleen, kidneys, stomach, and ascending and descending colons.

3. Halasana: The asana increases blood circulation in the pelvic area and boosts digestion.

4. Pavan muktasana: The asana releases gas, relieves acid reflux and cures disorders like dyspepsia.

5. Baddha Konasana: It relieves gas, bloating, cramping and reduces stress.

* Either switch to Indian style toilet or place a stool under your feet while using western toilets.

* It’s mandatory for everyone to pass bowels at least once every single day. It’s one of the best and easiest ways of natural detoxification.

Constipation: A root cause of most diseases

“Ayurveda believes constipation to be the root cause of most of the diseases – be it physical or psychological. We all know by now that 70-85% hormones are produced in our gut and in order for our gut to stay healthy, it is important to pass bowels every single day,” says the Ayurveda expert.

Here are some recommended lifestyle changes to deal with chronic constipation:

* Avoid usage of gadgets in the loo. No newspapers as well.

* Make a habit of waking up and sleeping at the same time every day.

* Drink enough water. Your body needs water to function your digestion properly.

* Manage your stress (very imp).

* Let go of grudges and negativity. Holding on to bad emotions also causes constipation.

While home remedies work for many people, in case nothing is working, one needs to get medical advice.

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