Saturday, June 24, 2006

Ayurvedic Treatment for Constipation - Diet


Vata Type: Anti-Vata diet with oily food, nuts, vegetables, sesame oil, ghee and plenty of warm water is advised.

Kapha Type: Anti-kapha diet is advised. Basmati rice with bread and raw vegetables and fruits like apples, banana, prune, grape or cherry should be taken. Bulk laxatives should never be given in Kapha type.

Increase your Fibre IntakeOne essential ingredient for healthy bowel function is fibre. This indigestible material adds bulk to the food residues, thereby promoting the passage of waste materials through the intestines. High fibre breakfast cereals based on wheat bran are often advised for people suffering from constipation. For optimum bowel function you should eat at least five servings of fruits or vegetables a day.

Use Natural Bulking AgentsAn effective and convenient way to increase fibre intake is to add a natural bulking agent to your diet. Take 1-2 teaspoons of either psyllium husk or linseeds with water each day or sprinkled over soups or salads.Drink More WaterApart from fibre, the other essential ingredient for bowel regularity is fluid. The best form of fluids is water. Drink one and half–two litres of water each day.

ExerciseExercise can help relieve constipation probably through the mechanical action of the abdominal muscles and the diaphragm on the bowel. Aim to take 30 minutes exercise everyday.Always respond to the Call of NatureAlways respond promptly to the urge to open your bowels. Failure to do this on a regular basis may cause a suppression of the nerve impulses that are essential for defaecation. The long-term result may be persistent constipation.

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