Do bananas work in treating constipation?

Bananas are both good and bad for constipation depending on the form in which they are eaten, be it either ripe or unripe. The views on this topic from online sources are mixed and contradictory

Do bananas work in treating constipation?No one can argue that bananas are a healthy fruit loaded with foliate, fibre, potassium and magnesium. But the question remains about whether the nutritious fruit causes or relieves constipation. In an article on Everyday Health, Tammy Lakatos, registered dietician, nutritionist and personal trainer said that unripened green bananas are constipating, but ripe bananas with […]

Are you constipated? Using a toilet footstool can help solve this common bowel issue

Putting your feet on a footstool as you sit on a toilet could cure your constipation, a new small-scale study claims. Researchers say the way we sit on the toilet causes a bend in the rectum, which makes it harder to pass bowel movements

Are you constipated? Using a toilet footstool can help solve this common bowel issueBut using a footstool puts the body in a more natural squatting position, which straightens the rectum and makes it easier for faeces to pass through. Most people aren’t eager to talk about how to improve bowel movements, but researchers at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center found the solution to common bowel issues […]

Irritable Bowel Syndrome is the 2nd most common cause of work absenteeism

The condition also negatively impacts quality of life. Medical practitioners surveyed feel that peppermint oil is a safe and better treatment option that can help alleviate symptoms. Over 3,000 patients and 300 medical practitioners participated in the survey

Irritable Bowel Syndrome is the 2nd most common cause of work absenteeismA study conducted by the Heart Foundation of India (HCFI), a leading national health NGO has revealed that about 5 to 10% of the population surveyed experiences symptoms of Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) such as abdominal pain, diarrhoea, constipation or incomplete evacuation. Yet, a majority of them do not seek medical help. The study aimed […]

Can appendix removal cause Parkinson’s disease?

People who have had their appendix removed may be at an increased risk for developing Parkinson’s disease, according to findings due to be presented at this year’s Digestive Disease Week

Can appendix removal cause Parkinson’s disease?There seems to be a link between the degenerative neurological disorder Parkinson’s disease and your appendix. Just what that relationship might be, nobody can agree upon, but here’s what we know so far. Late last year, an analysis of 1.7 million people found you were 25 per cent less likely to develop the condition if […]

Does depression lead to chronic constipation?

A new research studies the link between depression and chronic constipation, finding out why one can potentially cause the latter

Does depression lead to chronic constipation?When you think of other conditions that may be linked to depression, chronic constipation may be the one of the last things on your mind. And understandably so, since mental health conditions like depression are often linked to or is the result of other mental health conditions, such as anxiety, bipolar disorder, or even some […]

5 steps to help prevent digestive problems as you age

Ageing puts the body at higher risk for an assortment of health ailments and conditions. With age, many bodily functions slow down, including your digestive tract it just might not work as efficiently or as quickly as it used to

5 steps to help prevent digestive problems as you ageThe tummy aches you may have had as a child can evolve into a long list of digestive problems as you age. They’re annoying, but the good news is that things like acid reflux and constipation are irritations that you can treat. Often, simple lifestyle changes will do the trick. “Many older adults fixate on […]

Unable to pass stool? Do not ignore as it may not be constipation

A three-year-long survey done by a Mumbai hospital found 42 per cent patients had obstructed defecation syndrome (ODS) which is the inability to pass stool through digestive tract and out the rectum, this is often mistaken for constipation

Unable to pass stool? Do not ignore as it may not be constipationStruggling to pass stools is often passed off as problem related with constipation, but a three-year-long survey done by a Mumbai hospital says otherwise. The survey found 42 per cent patients had obstructed defecation syndrome (ODS) which is the inability to pass stool through the digestive tract and out the rectum, this is often mistaken […]

Abdominal pain at different locations means different conditions

Depending on where you feel discomfort, it could be a sign of different health conditions, including gallstones, stomach ulcers, kidney stones, pancreatitis, and constipation

Abdominal pain at different locations means different conditionsThere are many different types of abdominal pain, with some a lot more serious than others. Depending on where you feel discomfort, it could be a sign of different health conditions, including gallstones, stomach ulcers, kidney stones, pancreatitis, and constipation. When you begin feeling abdominal cramps and pain, try to determine what may have caused […]

Try these foods to relieve constipation

A person is said to be experiencing constipation if they have less than three bowel movements a week or have a noticeable difficulty when using the toilet. Though some may find it awkward to deal with, the occasional constipation is very common

Try these foods to relieve constipationSometimes, all it takes to solve the problem is a few changes to your diet. And the key word is ‘fibre,’ which is what you might be missing. Here are five foods that could help bring some relief. Oatmeal “There are two types of fibre – insoluble and soluble – and they can both help […]

Constipated man gets emergency surgery after his colon bursts

A British man’s worsening battle with constipation ended up costing him part of his gut, due to a rare, sometimes unexplainable condition known as ‘megacolon’

Constipated man gets emergency surgery after his colon burstsThere’s no question that constipation is uncomfortable. But sometimes it can be downright dangerous, as detailed in a paper published in BMJ Case Reports this month. As the report explains, a 24-year-old man’s colon burst from storing too much faeces. According to the report, the unidentified patient visited the emergency room after experiencing abdominal pain […]