by Transformative Learning August 08, 2022
Just started the day and already feel the load? It’s time to let it all out!
In India, 22% of the adult population suffers from constipation. 13% of which experience severe symptoms. And about 6% have constipation due to comorbid (existing) conditions.
In the land of the 5000-year-old science of Ayurveda, where the gut is given the status of the “second brain”. Where gut health is acknowledged to be the most fundamental aspect of physical and emotional wellness. Where ancient texts talk at great length about ways to not only strengthen ‘agni’ or the digestive fire but also eject waste material or 'ama'.
Should we still be as morbidly hesitant to talk about constipation as we already are?
Just like Piku’s “Motion Se Hi Emotion” dialogue, we need an emotional enema and bring the taboo topic of constipation into the public domain. It is important to acknowledge how not being regular can upset our emotional well-being too. After all, even Akbar himself once told Birbal how taking a good dump is the “mightiest” of all reliefs.
Having to go multiple times with little luck or going on without a single release all week - the distress of constipation is a feeling that all of us are familiar with.
We already know that the umbrella term- constipation refers to varying degrees of bowel discomfort including having hard stools, strained bowel movements, irregular bowel cycles, and the general feeling of being choked.
For some, these symptoms may only be temporary- a result of travel or the previous night’s fiberless meal. But for several, it is a painful reality to live with for years.
Let’s delve deeper into what actually qualifies as constipation and the best way to overcome it.
Those with 3 or less than three bowel movements per week are said to have constipation. If this goes on at a stretch and lasts several months, it’s diagnosed as chronic constipation. And the inability to be regular is a risk that may need professional intervention.
We may think that skipping a day is normal.
But is it?
Our health, happiness, and strength are strongly influenced by how we digest what we take in from mother nature and release it. Ayurveda already states how difficulty in releasing waste, poor digestion and elimination can affect our immune system, memory, and even mood!
Ayurvedic wisdom even talks about how a weak agni might lead to the accumulation of toxins in the body and become a root cause for a lot of health problems including constipation. This may seriously impact our immunity, sleep cycle and the way we feel and look.
Enhancing our agni and ejecting ama is important AND not necessarily difficult! BUT still, most of us struggle with not only digesting but also releasing the matters of the gut.
Not being regular for a long time could be a risk. A good way to handle it is amping up the intake of fiber.
Wondering how that could help? Here are some quick facts about dietary fiber:
The right amount of overall dietary fiber can:
A good way to manage constipation is to incorporate both insoluble and soluble dietary fiber into our diets.
You may already be aware of a powder, a companion, a supplement, or a load pusher that helps alleviate the feeling of being blocked-
DOES PSYLLIUM HUSK SOUND FAMILIAR? AND DOES ISABGOL RING A BELL?
You’ve seen it with your relatives. Probably have a jar placed on the kitchen shelf or at the dining table. Of course, it is the age-old remedy that never gets old.
However, when it comes to using Isabgol, several new questions still arise and often remain unanswered!
If you are someone new to the world of Isabgol you may wonder if it is to be had with water or milk, mixed with your morning tea or coffee or mixed with curd.
So here are all the what, why, which, when and how’s of Isabgol that you must know about!
Isabgol is no brand but the common name for Psyllium, which is a well-known constipation easing remedy known Pan India as:
Common Names: Isabgol, Sheetabeeja, Ashwakarna (Sanskrit), Isafghol (Gujarati), Isofgolu (Kannada), Ishagula (Telugu), Iskolvirain (Tamil) or Psyllium Husk, Psyllium, Flea Seed, Sand Plantain.
Source: It is a fiber that stems from the seeds of Plantago Ovata- an oily and sticky plant with a sweet taste and astringent flavour, Plantago Ovata contains NEARLY 70% soluble fiber and 30% insoluble fiber.
Benefits: A potent Ayurvedic coolant, it promotes digestive health and has natural laxative properties. What makes it especially effective is its active ingredient- Metamucil that’s used in making dietary supplements that help relieve constipation. What’s interesting is how Isabgol’s benefits go beyond just constipation and gut health. Psyllium husk is also a potent prebiotic for gut health and immunity. Since a healthy community of good bacteria in the digestive system is crucial for good immune function, Isabgol’s prebiotic properties help fight infection and reduce inflammation.
Isabgol is also used as a supplement for:
Being rich in both soluble and insoluble fiber, Isabgol functions as a bulk-forming natural laxative agent. It adds bulk to stools to ease constipation. The gel-like substance absorbs water and loosens the stool. Through this mechanism, Isabgol or Psyllium husk helps regulate and smoothen bowel cleanse.
Here is the step-by-step rundown of how it works:
One of the most recurring and common questions where people like you and I wonder is the right time to have Isabgol so that we can reap all its benefits to the fullest. Another question people worry about is whether it should be soaked overnight and then had early in the morning or should it be the last meal of your day.
Since the exact dosage depends on many variables including age, pre-existing medical condition, and response to treatment, the best bet would be to follow the instructions on the packaging. In case Isabgol is a part of your prescription, ensure you take the recommended dosage only. Consult a healthcare provider or a medical practitioner to understand the recommended dosage for you.
Because of Isabgol’s rough texture and muted flavours, people tend to wonder about the best way to amp up its full constipation-easing potential while toning down its blandness. The truth is that it can be had with both milk or water depending on what you wish to use it for. For instance,
Here are two most popular formats in which Isabgol is commonly available and can be had.
You must have probably had Isabgol yourself or probably seen the frown on people’s faces when they consume it…. Yes, in the same old powder format that’s hard to gulp down even with water or milk!
What if there was a way to reap its constipation easing, smooth-bowel movement regulating benefits without the unpalatable taste and texture?
What if you could get Isabgol’s effective laxative properties in a convenient ready to eat format?
What if you could get some additional digestion-boosting, bloating-reducing effects of hyper-potent Hingvastak Churna or Asafoetida Churna along with Isabgol? What if you get Isabgol in a functional ‘tear-and-eat' bar format?
What if we tell you, YOU CAN!
Enriched with Isabgol or Psyllium husk, here’s an Ayurvedic bar which has natural laxative activity and helps:
We have a ready-to-consume bar with all the goodness of Isabgol,that you can enjoy without having to put up with the annoying, frustrating feeling of swallowing the gel-like powder or having an unhappy gut!
Ayuttva’s Eaz Releaz Fiber Bar with the goodness of Isabgol or Psyllium Husk & Hingvastak Churna helps in maintaining a healthy gut! This Ayurvedic bar is a blessing for anyone facing digestive issues as this unique crunchy & chewy vegan delight is not only highly effective but also delicious!
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