Diabetes and constipation are two interlinked diseases. A person who has diabetes suffers from constipation during some time in his life. But there are many home remedies to deal with diabetes and constipation at the same time. This article will inform you about diabetes and constipation and how to deal with it.
Diabetes and Constipation:
Diabetes is the disease in which the body isn’t able to produce or use the hormone insulin properly. Insulin is produced by the pancreas which helps the body use sugar from different foods. The blood sugar levels rise quickly if the pancreas isn’t able to produce enough insulin or if the body can’t use the insulin properly. The high blood sugar levels are harmful for different tissues.
Constipation is quite a common gastrointestinal problems in people suffering from diabetes. Diarrhea also occurs at night which is quite common with diabetes. The nerves of the intestines decide how much and for how long the solid waste remains in the intestines. The waste products and foods may move through the intestines slowly if the nerves are damaged by high blood sugar levels. This leads to constipation and diarrhea. The intestinal nerves aren’t damaged unless a person has type 1 diabetes which requires the treatment through insulin for many years.
Home remedies for Constipation in Diabetics:
Now let us see how to treat the diabetes which accompanies constipation. Some remedies to treat diabetes with constipation are mentioned below:
- Eat Healthy:
You need a change in your diet to get rid of diabetes and constipation. You should get some ground psyllium husks and mix them with water or unsweetened cranberry juice. You should eat it twice a day and a lot of fibers will be added to your diet which will help you ease your bowel movements.
Drinking water in which Psyllium husk is soaked overnight also works amazingly, For this you need to follow few steps.
- Take a glass ow water , say 300 ml.
- Take psyllium husk, you can get this from Medical stores, Ask for Dabur or Baidyanath. This product is labelled as ” ISABGOL” If you don’t find them in a Medical store near you can [easyazon_link identifier=”B00JI4WCGO” locale=”IN” tag=”readitt-21″]buy psyllium husk from Amazon[/easyazon_link]
- Add Psyllium husk 4-5 grams in water, do not add more, this can lead to choking. leave this overnight.
- Early in the morning drink this water. You can experience very good bowel movement.
You should also eat a lot of grains every day. Eat plenty of whole grain bread. You need to check the nutrition labels and assure that there are 3 grams of fiber in the bread. You should also try cereals and eat about 5 grams of fiber.
Increase the intake of fruits and vegetables and eat about two servings of fruits and vegetables with every meal. Try banana and apple juice which acts as a natural laxative.
You should also make sure that you drink lots of water along with increasing the fiber in your diet. This will help in better functioning of your digestive system. Also eat as many beans as you can because they are high in fiber too.
Finally get some blackstrap molasses and take about two tablespoons before bed time. This will help your bowel movements in the morning.
- Regulate your sugar levels:
You should carefully monitor and regulate your blood sugar levels. Make sure that your blood sugar levels remain within a specific limit. Constant increase or decrease in blood sugar levels can lead to nerve damage. Damage to the nerves controlling digestive track can make constipation worse in diabetics. So your blood sugar levels control constipation
- Exercise regularly:
Exercise is quite essential for a healthy life style. Diabetic people can benefit from exercise because it can help them regulate their blood sugar levels. Exercise will also help in constipation because it can increase your digestive system functioning and improve your overall bowel movements. Do Arda Matsyendrasana this is helpful for constipation in diabetics, see below how to do this yogasana?
- Use Fish Oil or take foods rich in Omega 3 fatty acids
Omega 3 fatty acids play an important role in different functions of the body including proper digestive system functioning. Many studies have shown that the omega 3 fatty acids present in fish oil can help in managing the symptoms of constipation.
- Use Herbs in your diet
Herb therapy is the oldest treatment for constipation. Some commonly used laxative herbs include flaxseeds, barley and fenugreek. Some other stimulant herbs which can be used for treating constipation are aloe, Senna and Cascara segrada.
6. Follow these tips from Ramdev Baba
- Eating Guava can make it easy to pass stools so it is advisable to eat guava for people who have difficulty in passing stools.
- Drink Lemon water early in the morning.
- Consume raisins which are soaked overnight in the morning.
- Ardha Matsyendrasana is recommended for People who suffer from constipation who are also diabetic.
Probiotics are those bacteria in our body which facilitate digestion. Some common probiotics which are used for the treatment of constipation include Lactobacillus, Sacchromyces boulardi and bifdobacteria. These probiotics can be obtained from milk and yoghurt (also called curd in India)
These Home Remedies are very effective in dealing with diabetes and constipation . please try these and let us know if they have worked for you or not.
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