Fibers constitute majority of the solutions used for constipation remedy. They act quite fast and provide relatively quicker relief. At the same time they are usually available very easily over the counter so most people tend to opt for fibers when looking for constipation remedies. One of the most common fiber which is taken as supplement is known as Psyllium husk
How Fibers Work?
Most fibers work by absorbing the water from the gut. Since they are usually not water soluble they swell when the water is pulled in which creates a bulk. The intestines find it easier to push a large mass which is created by this bulk towards the colon where it is eliminated.
However if you are suffering from chronic constipation and are looking to solve it with fiber then you may be in for disappointment. Although fibers give quick results they do not solve the root cause of the problem. The root cause may vary from various diseases to conditions like pregnancy or lack of sufficient water or fluid.
Fibers, if taken regularly will end up being ineffective and sometimes harming you. In extreme cases of fiber abuse if fibers are taken regularly with too little water it can become rough & hard and might scrape the surface of the intestines which can harm the gut linings and also remove beneficial bacteria and making the digestion process more difficult and sometimes causing IBS. For more information read benefits and side effects of isabgol.
What to Do In Case of Chronic Constipation
In our opinion the first step should be to find out the reason for your constipation especially if you are suffering from serious diseases such as diabetes, multiple sclerosis or Parkinsons disease. If you are not suffering from any of the serious conditions then you may want to recall if you have undergone any extended anti biotic courses. If yes you may need to go for some probiotics which will help in restoring the beneficial bacteria which are eliminated through the use of antibiotics.
In case you are unable to find the reason for your constipation you can start taking two teaspoons of triphala for constipation relief. Triphala, which is powdered form of three bitter and astringent fruits after meals every night. Triphala will take out the mucous from the intestines which are general cause of constipation though not acknowledged by many doctors. Once the mucous is gently removed the bowels regain their effectiveness and gradually you will be able to get rid of constipation problems. Triphala is safe for most people including pregnant ladies and also helps in reducing weight. It is also not habit forming.