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Irritable Bowel Syndrome Symptoms

The primary purpose of the gastrointestinal tract is to digest and absorb  food. In order to fulfill this purpose, food must be ground, mixed, and  transported through the intestines, where it is digested and absorbed. In  addition, undigested and unabsorbed portions of the food must be eliminated from  the body.

In functional diseases of the gastrointestinal tract such as  Irritable Bowel Syndrome Symptoms, the grinding, mixing, digestion, and  absorption functions are disturbed to only a minor degree.

These functions are  essentially maintained, perhaps because of a built-in over-capacity of the  gastrointestinal tract to perform these functions. The most commonly affected  function in these diseases is transportation. In the stomach and small  intestine, the symptoms of slowed transportation are nausea, vomiting, abdominal  bloating, and abdominal enlargement.

The symptom of rapid transportation usually  is diarrhea. The interpretation of symptoms, however, may be more complicated  than this. For example, let’s say that a person has abnormally rapid emptying of  the stomach. The sensing of this rapid emptying by the intestinal sensory nerves  normally brings about a motor nerve response to slow emptying of the stomach and  transportation through the small intestine. Thus, rapid emptying of the stomach  may give rise to symptoms of slowed transportation.

 In the colon,  abnormally slowed or rapid transportation results in constipation or diarrhea,  respectively. In addition, there may be increased amounts of mucus coating the  stool or a sense of incomplete evacuation after a bowel movement.

As  discussed previously, normal sensations may be abnormally processed and  perceived. Such an abnormality could result in abdominal bloating and pain.  Abnormally processed sensations from the gastrointestinal organs also might lead  to motor responses that cause symptoms of slowed or rapid transportation.

Slowed transportation of digesting food through the small intestine may  be complicated, for example, by bacterial overgrowth. In bacterial overgrowth,  gas-producing bacteria that are normally restricted to the colon move up into  the small intestine.

There, they are exposed to greater amounts of undigested  food than in the colon, which they turn into gas. This formation of gas can  aggravate bloating and/or abdominal distention and result in increased amounts  of flatus (passing gas, or flatulence) and diarrhea.

The  gastrointestinal tract has only a few ways of responding to diseases. Therefore,  the symptoms often are similar regardless of whether the diseases are functional  or non-functional. Thus, the symptoms of both functional and non-functional  gastrointestinal diseases are nausea, vomiting, bloating, abdominal distention,  diarrhea, constipation, and pain.

For this reason, when functional disease is  being considered as a cause of symptoms, it is important that the presence of  non-functional diseases be excluded. In fact, the exclusion of non-functional  diseases usually is more important in evaluating patients who are suspected of  having functional disease. This is so, in large part, because the tests for  diagnosing functional disease are complex, not readily available, and often not  very reliable. In contrast, the tests for diagnosing non-functional diseases are  widely available and sensitive .

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2009
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Home Remedies For Constipation

Constipation is caused due to infrequent bowel movement. A person suffering from constipation experiences pain and frustration. This condition may occur at any point in a person’s life. Read on to know more about the home remedies for constipation.

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constipation, you might experience dissatisfaction with bowel evacuation. According to physicians, a person suffers from constipation when he has less than three bowel movements per week. Generally, bowel movements decrease with age. The ideal bowel movement is one per day; however, bowel movements between three and 21 times per week are considered normal. Constipation takes its severe form when one experiences less than one bowel movement in a week. In the United States, mostly people suffer from constipation due to gastrointestinal disorder. This is caused due to high consumption of processed foods or fast foods, which are low in natural fiber content.

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Causes of Constipation

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You may have constipation due to low consumption of liquids, such as water and juice. Sufficient intake of water and juices adds liquids to your colon (the last part of the digestive system), which extracts water and salt from solid wastes before they are eliminated from the body. Constipation may occur when the colon absorbs excess water than the normal absorption. Slow muscle contraction of the colon can also cause constipation, as stools will take longer time to reach the rectum. As a result, hard and dry stools pass out.

Constipation occurs mainly due to poor diet and lack of exercise. To treat constipation, knowledge about its causes is essential. Constipation can be caused due to these factors:

  • Poor diet having low fiber content, for example, fast or junk food
  • Dehydration
  • Stress
  • Side effects of medicines like antacid
  • Consumption of fats, such as eggs, meat, butter, cheese, etc.
  • Resisting the urge to have a bowel movement
  • Excessive use of stool softeners, such as chemical drugs, which have side effects, may lead to constipation
  • Depression
  • Irritable bowel syndrome
  • Colon cancer
  • Stroke
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Problems in intestinal function
  • Over-consumption of tea, coffee and excess smoking

Home Remedies
Constipation is not a serious disease; often it may be a symptom of serious ailments such as hypothyroidism. In some cases, people may have constipation followed by headache and abdominal pain. This can be cured at home too. The homemade remedies or sometimes natural laxatives can help you to mitigate the problem of constipation. The homemade remedies are less harmful in comparison to other medicines.

Mixture of castor oil and milk: Mix two spoons of castor oil in warm milk and drink it every alternative day. It will improve your bowel movement and cure your chronic constipation problem.

Drink warm water: Try to get up early in the morning and drink maximum amount of lukewarm water. Make this your regular activity and you can get relief from constipation.

Mixture of triphala-churna: Triphala, an herb which is used as an Ayurvedic medicine. Mix it with water and drink it everyday in the morning. This will help you in cleaning your bowel.

Drink warm lemon water: Squeeze the juice of lemon into lukewarm water and drink it. This will provide you the necessary amount of fluids, which help in curing constipation.

Consumption of fiber-rich diet: Proper diet, rich in fiber content can help you in overcoming the problem of constipation. Fiber-rich food includes beans, cereals, fruits and vegetables.  

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Regular exercise: Constipation often occurs due to lack of physical activity. So do regular exercise to improve your bowel movement.

Change your lifestyle: Develop the habit of early sleeping and early rising. To keep your body sound, you should sleep for eight hours a day. Consume fresh vegetables and fruits when hungry and avoid overeating.

Use of asafetida, cumin powder, turmeric powder and coriander: While you are cooking, use cumin powder, turmeric powder, asafetida and coriander, which make the food easily digestible.

Consume pulses, cereals and vegetables at different meals: Do not consume pulses, cereals and vegetables at the same time. Make a balanced dietary list and follow it. It will help in softening the hard and stiff stool.

Besides these

These homemade remedies, which have no side effects, can cure your constipation problem. The important thing is that you should consume healthy foods and do regular physical activities. Drinking warm water on an empty stomach in the morning may also help you cure constipation.

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