Are there natural remedies for fecal impaction?
What can be done for fecal impaction as far as natural remedies or foods that will help get things moving?
Fecal impaction, although not the same as constipation, is often the result of chronic untreated constipation. It may also be the side of effect of certain medications or a sedentary lifestyle. Prevention is really the key here because once a fecal impaction develops; the hardened stool must be physically broken up and removed from the rectum by a trained professional such as a nurse or a doctor to avoid complications. Here are some very simple natural remedies that will help avoid this situation. 1. Increase the total fiber in the diet. High fiber foods such as beans, broccoli, whole grains, bran, and other fresh fruits and vegetables soften the stool and add bulk making it less dense and easier to pass. A good goal to keep in mind is trying to achieve a minimum intake of 35 grams/day. Increase fiber and add new foods slowly over a period of a week to avoid gas and bloating. This will help add bulk to the stool and facilitate normal bowel movements. If needed you may add an over the counter fiber supplement in the beginning until your diet improves. 2. Get a daily dose of healthy bacteria. Probiotics, found in fermented foods like miso, kimchee and yogurts containing "live active cultures", are healthy bacteria responsible for maintaining proper digestion, absorption and movement of nutrients through the gut. They help to keep you "regular". 3. Think what you drink. Make special efforts to increase daily fluid intake to at least 6-8 glasses of water throughout the day to accommodate your increase in fiber and to soften the stool. 4. Exercise regularly. Exercise is so important to improving regularity, and as little as 20 minutes per day is all that is needed to establish normal bowel movements. People who are confined to a wheelchair or bed will be helped by changing positions frequently and doing abdominal contraction exercises and leg raises. 5. Do not delay going to the bathroom. Help retrain your body to have regular bowel movements. As soon as you feel the urge to go do not put off finding a bathroom.
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