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Friday, January 25, 2019

HEALTH: HOW YOU CAN RELIEVE CONSTIPATION BY DRINKING HOME-MADE JUICE



Many people experience constipation from time to time, and it can be uncomfortable. In general, occasional constipation occurs when waste moves through your digestive system too slowly. It can build up and become hard and dry, making stool difficult to pass. When you need relief, there are some home remedies that can get things moving again, like sipping certain juices.
Constipation is usually defined as having fewer than three bowel movements per week. Even if you’re going to the bathroom somewhat regularly, trouble passing your stools may be another sign of this condition.

The symptoms of constipation include;

                  

Infrequent bowel movements,
Hard or lumpy stools,
Straining to have bowel movements,
Feeling blocked up or like you can’t fully empty your bowels, needing help to empty your rectum, such as with your hands or fingers.

If you decide to try drinking juice to relieve constipation, keep in mind that a small amount of juice may be all you need. For best results, the Cleveland Clinic recommends adults drink just a half to a full cup of juice, once per day, preferably in the morning. In general, aim to drink eight or more cups of liquid each day to help stay regular.

                   

Apple juice: Apple juice may provide you with a very gentle laxative effect. It’s often recommended for children who have constipation because it has a relatively high ratio of fructose to glucose and sorbitol content.

But for this reason, it may also cause intestinal discomfort in large doses. You might think that eating applesauce would help constipation, but that’s not the case. Applesauce contains a higher level of pectin than apple juice. Pectin is a substance that will add bulk to your stool. It becomes firmer and more difficult to pass, making it a better choice after episodes of diarrhea.

                   

Pear juice: Another great option is pear juice, which contains four times more sorbitol than apple juice. This juice is also often recommended for children who have bouts of constipation. Pear juice isn’t as rich in vitamins as prune juice, but many kids prefer its flavor. You may also get some relief from mixing a squeeze of lemon juice into a glass of warm water.

Other beverages that may help include coffee, teas, and warm or hot fluids in general. It’s best to stay away from carbonated drinks until your constipation clears up. Speak with your doctor if you’re constipated but have concerns about drinking juice. If you have a condition that requires you to follow a restricted diet, juice may not be a good option for you. For example, if you have diabetes, your doctor or dietitian might advise you to avoid beverages that contain sugar, including juice. Monitor your bowel movements to see if the juice is helping. Even if you don’t notice a difference, it’s best not to increase your intake. Drinking more juice could lead to diarrhea and other types of abdominal discomfort. If you notice a sudden change in your bowel movements, it’s a good idea to see your doctor for a checkup, especially if the change is ongoing or causing you discomfort

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