Inability to completely evacuate the bowels or passing very hard stools is known as constipation or Vibandh in Ayurveda. This prevalent problem is due to an incorrect lifestyle and poor eating patterns. Although constipation is often looked upon as a common problem, if not treated or if treatment is delayed, it can lead to further problems such as fissure, fistulas, piles, lack of appetite and indigestion.
The basic cause is weak digestive power that results from irregular and incorrect eating patterns, not taking enough fluids, taking a diet that is low in fibre, a sedentary lifestyle, and bowel evacuation habits that are poor. These all lead to incomplete digestion for food, which is not expelled by the intestines and auses the formation of ama(mucus). Foods that are heavy and difficult to digest, as well as oily, spicy, fried, and junk foods are the culprits. Eating food in a disturbed atmosphere or in front of the television and being awake late at night all lead to bowel disturbance. Psychological factors like stress, anxiety, fear, jealousy and sorrow also play an important role.
1. Indigestion 2. Abdominal pain 3. Nausea 4. Flatulence 5. Pain at the anus while defecating 6. Lack of appetite 7. Acid eructation
1. Increase intake of fibre, especially fruits and cooked vegetables. 2. An apple or banana each day is hellpful. Bananas should be ripe. 3. Drink 7-8 glasses of water each day, preferably lukewarm in winters and room temperature water in summers. 4. Take daily morning and evening walk for at least 20-30 minutes each day. 5. Eat whole grains and nuts. 6. Avoid refined foods like white flour, bread, pasta, pizza, white rice etc.