Having constipation problem. What should be my diet? - Online Doctor Chats
Hi, this XXXXXXX
Good evening, how are you doing?
I am fine, thank you
Please proceed with your query
Ok, since when?
More than a decade
How old are you?
Unable to have free motions
I am 40 now
How many servings of fruits and vegetables do you have in a day?
I have around 3-4 slices of orange and one whole pomegranate
sometimes XXXXXXX (half of it)
How much water/ other fluids are you consuming in a day?
I have at least 3 litres of water
I consume tea thrice a day
Are you receiving any medication?
I take an ayurvedic tonic which is for purification of body
otherwise, nothing at all
Are you taking it on prescription?
How much do you exercise?
Frankly speaking, I dont
I only walk on Saturdays & Sundays
First of all, you need to take a high fibre diet
You would need to eat atleast 5-6 servings of fruits and vegetables
Also include plenty of fluids, like you are doing
Can you please clarify on the fruit portion
Every serving is like 1 XXXXXXX or orange
something like that
papaya and watermelon have plenty of fiber
Take those fruits
Keep on drinking plenty of water
Exercise for atleast 50 minutes daily
what about fluids?
Isnt 3 ltrs of water sufficient?
\2-3 litres in a day atleast
Yes, it is
But are you sure you are taking 3 litres?
s, very much
I personally fill up two ltrs of bottle in the office and consume it
I understand exercise is a must for any human being, but it really becomes very difficult on weekdays since I travel for 6 hours a day (to and fro) to work
Have you considered shifting closer to your work?
No, I live in Mumbai and the cost of living would be very high if I plan to live close to my office (rentals would eat away a huge chunk of my salary)
Then why dont you buy a bike or a treadmill for your house?
Or start walking in your locality for just 30 minutes?
I can do that
yes, I can certainly do that
That would be enough
Regarding fluids, should I consume anything else, apart from tea
Actually tea and coffee cause constipation
No, not really.
Its better to take XXXXXXX tea
Yes, they do
They have medicinal compounds which have this effect
I am habituated to tea
I am not asking you to totally leave it
I meant "No, not really" for stress
Ha, ha, ha, no problem
I will definitely give 'green tea' a try
Its called dependence
Yes, I too heard that tea & coffee adds to constipation
Thats why you are having the headache
Have you been screened for diabetes or hpothyroidism?
I have been habituated to drinking tea for the last 30 years (first thing in the morning, after brushing my teeth)
I understand that
Most indians are
No ... for diabetes or hpothyroidism
Can you please explain hpoth......dism
planning to go a check up for diabetes
If the constipation does not get better after taking a high fibre diet, exercise etc
get screened for these conditions
It can lead to constipation, sluggishness, fatigue, weight gain, decreased appetite, excessive sleepiness
I am a bachelor now
I will be getting married on 6 Feb 2012
Can I get some specific advice for some immediate relief
this may be short time I know
If you follow this advice, you'll be relieved in 3-4 days
oh, that really sounds gr8
I will certainly follow it
You can also Isabgol, 1 tsp in the morning with milk at night
I also feel slight pain in the chest. Is it becos of acidity
Does it come on when you exercise ?
yes, I have tried it earlier with water
I would not recommend Isabgol on a long term basis
Should I take it only at night
The pain can then be related to acidity
Only at night
Is it with one glass of milk
Try and avoid spicy or oily food
However you like it
I dont eat spicy / oily food
I dont smoke and also dont drink
Also, eat at regular intervals
Actually, I have trouble during motions. It takes almost half-an-hour.
Yeah, we discussed that
Increasing your fibre will help substantially
I also have a yawning problem. When I yawn, water comes out of my eyes. Do you know the reason for it?
It happens with everyone
I shall follow your advice doctor and I will be thankful to you if I am relieved of my constipation problem
This causes the fluid to come out
The other reason is slightly more complicated
Do you want to know more about it?
I want to first get rid of constipation problem
Thanks for consulting me
Thank you very much for your valuable advice
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