Friday, January 20, 2012

Foods and Herbal Alternative Remedies Relieve Constipation

Did you know that there are more than three million people suffering from constipation each year in the United States alone, and that more than two million people have irritable bowel syndrome (IBD)? What many people do not realize is that constipation might just be the result of an unhealthy, poor diet and not drinking enough water. If you suffer from constipation, then you need to educate yourself about the foods and also herbal alternative remedies that can provide relief.

A healthier diet means reducing the number of dairy products, candy, or foods with too much fat. Start getting plenty of fiber such as fruits, vegetables and whole grains including bran, barley, wheat, or even psyllium which are bulk forming agents that help cleanse your colon. It is important to eat high quality fiber, which means you will need to start reading the package for whole grain, rather than whole wheat. Eating right can help relieve your constipation.

Adults need to get 25 grams of daily fiber per day, so pay attention to any food that you purchase that is in a bottle, can or box. Make sure to read the nutritional information, so you will know how much fiber you are consuming.

eat plenty of fruits and vegetables rich in fiber such as: turnip greens, green beans, broccoli, apples, blackberries, raspberries, and strawberries. Also eat plenty of nuts such as peanuts, almonds or walnuts and grains like rye, barley or whole wheat. These fiber-rich foods not only help reduce cholesterol, but they will help speed up the forming of fecal bulk, an important part of the elimination process that allows the feces to pass easily, thus eliminating constipation.

A number of Chinese herbal alternative remedies can be used to treat diseases in all its forms with a traditional view placing great importance on preventing disease. Oriental medicine, over thousands of years, has accumulated a wealth experience about different herbs that help fight constipation. Experience tells us some herbs have proven to be beneficial to different parts of the body including microsystems. This knowledge also includes the side effects that might be associated with using herbs.

When thinking about herbs for constipation, seek natural herbs with no senna or cascara which are safe. Herbal alternative remedies are a very effective way to improve the digestive system, which will help you relax and live a life that is free from the pain and discomfort of constipation.

Kristin Gabriel writes for Canfo Natural Products,, a company that blends state-of-the-art science and manufacturing processes with nature and the collective wisdom of Chinese medicine. Canfo's herbal alternative remedies and products include: FlushMe, for detoxification; SoothMe, for constipation relief; OralEase, for canker soar relief; GumSoothe, for health gums; and Pancreton, to promote healthy blood glucose levels.

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