Constipation refers to the irregular movement of bowels. When you have constipation, your stools are hard and you experience great difficulty in passing them.

You also experience bloating, the swelling of your abdomen. Constipation is a very common complaint. In fact, an average of 4 million Americans annually find that they have constipation related problems.

What is considered healthy is a bowel movement of at least once a day. If you have fewer than three bowel movements a week, you have a case of constipation. A frequencey of less than one bowel movement in a week is considered acute constipation.

 

Constipation and bloating should not be left untreated. On the extreme, you are at risk of developing colon cancer. Stagnant stools stored in your colon give rise to several harmful bacteria. These bacteria causes your colon linings to become inflammed; thus resulting in colon cancer.

In acute constipation, the bacteria from colon can enter other parts of your digestive system and hamper the entire digestive process. Symptoms of toxicity of your colon include eczema, acne, skin problems, weight gain, headaches, a lowered immune system and mood changes.

Colon cleansing is often recommended as a solution by natural health experts to clear the toxic waste build up.

Colon cleansing can be achieved through a detox diet plan that is rich in fiber.

Fiber retains water in the stools and eases the passage of the stools out from your body.

A fiber rich diet also helps in the growth of good bacteria. It has been found that consuming psyllium, which is high in soluble fiber, with large amounts of water helps to alleviate constipation.

An age old home remedy for constipation relief is with the use of prunes. Prunes contain a substantial mount of potassium which stimulates the linings of colon. This results in easy bowel movements. Potassium also cleans the fecal matter attached to the colon linings.

An excellent way to consume prunes is by juicing. Other rich sources of potassium including vegetables like broccoli, cauliflower, cucumber and tomato and fruits like the pineapple.

Herbs for colon cleansing include aloe, senna, buckthorn and frangula. Flax seed and Rhubarb are two other herbs that alleviate the symptoms of constipation.