Constipation is a very common condition and about 15 % of Americans are afflicted with it. Some of the signs are swollen abdomen, straining to have bowel movements (having hard stools) and having irregular movements.
Apart from being painful and uncomfortable, chronic inflammation can also increase the risk of other health problems. Some of the most serious are gastric and colorectal cancer.
What Are the Causes of Chronic Constipation?
Chronic constipation can be caused by a number of things. The first is probably the lack of fiber, but there are much more that we are not aware of.
Food allergies/sensitivities and gut health can also lead to constipation. The first thing you need to do is find out the cause of the inflammation. You can do this in a number of different ways, but starting with eliminating certain foods from your diet is an excellent starting point. What you need to do next is consume healing foods so that you can heal your body from the inside.
The next step you need to take is healing the gut. This can either be simple or complicated. What you need to do is start taking a good probiotic and consulting with a nutritionist, functional medicine doctor or health practitioner is an excellent idea.
5 Best Ways to Halt Constipation
- Drink plenty of water and stay hydrated
- Make sure your diet is rich in fiber
- Do exercise on a regular basis
- Take a quality probiotic
- Do not consume foods which cause inflammation
Prunes are famous for their ability to relieve constipation, but dates are a good alternative as well, and they are a potent natural source which can help soothe constipation.
Dates are abundant in a number of minerals, vitamins, they have anti-cancer and antioxidant properties. To be more precise, they are rich in riboflavin, B vitamins, iron, pantothenic acid, thiamine, phosphorus, copper and manganese. Their content of potassium is 64% higher than the bananas’ content. Additionally, they are rich in natural sodium and soluble fiber, which is excellent for preventing and also relieving constipation.
Having this information in mind, I decided to make the perfect drink which is helpful in case of constipation.
Spiced Date Coconut Milk
- Full fat coconut milk- 1 cup
- Dates-4 large
- Ginger- 1/8 teaspoon
- Cardamom- 1/8 turmeric
- Cinnamon- ½ teaspoon
- Sea salt- a pinch
In order to prepare this drink you need to boil around 2 cups of water. Make sure it is filtered. Next, pour the water over the pitted dates. Leave them soak for an hour and then remove and then take them out of the water. Next, put the spices, the coconut milk and the dates into a blender and blend till all of the ingredients are frothy and well blended. Warm the mixture a little, pour it in your mug and enjoy.