The most typical signs of lazy intestinal syndrome are long-term constipation and painful bowel movements. This syndrome can be a chronic condition with recurrent symptoms. What is the cause, and how to deal with the lazy intestine?
What causes lazy bowel syndrome?
People with lazy bowel syndrome have intestines that work slowly moving food. That's why this syndrome is also often called slow bowel syndrome.
Every time you eat, the nerves in the digestive tract will send signals to the gastrointestinal muscles to keep moving food. Food will continue to move from the stomach to be digested until it reaches the large intestine before finally reaching the rectum as faeces that are passed through the anus. This digestive movement is called peristalsis.
In lazy bowel syndrome, peristalsis is blocked so that the movement of the intestinal muscles becomes weaker and slower. As a result, food cannot be broken completely. The undigested food will eventually harden in the intestine and trigger constipation.
What triggers lazy intestinal syndrome?
Lazy bowel syndrome is also called long-term constipation. The main cause is lack of fibrous food intake in a long time.
This syndrome is also often seen in people who have eating disorders, especially anorexia nervosa and bulimia that usually involve the use of excessive laxatives or even dependence, to excrete food.
In addition, slow bowel syndrome is also common in people who have IBS (irritable bowel syndrome), drug users, as well as people who are on a strict diet.
How do you deal with lazy bowel syndrome?
How to deal with lazy intestines will depend on the causes. Generally, this syndrome can be overcome with a high-fiber diet to re-fulfill daily fiber needs.
Add fiber-rich foods to your diet, such as:
- Fruits: bananas, apples, figs, plums, berries.
- Vegetables: broccoli, carrots, cabbage, pokcoy, cauliflower.
- Grains: flaxseed, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds.
- Nuts: almonds.
- Wheat bread.
- Chia seeds.
While you are on a high-fiber diet, you need to limit milk products and other foods with very little fiber content. Replace with foods high in probiotics such as yogurt, kefir, kimchi, or tempe to facilitate digestion.
During this time you also need to drink more than 2-4 glasses of water normally. Increased intake of water during constipation can help soften the stool so that it is easier to remove. Besides water, you can also drink green tea 3-4 cups a day or aloe vera juice which serves as a natural laxative to help launch your digestive tract peristalsis.
Helps digestion exercise
Besides applying a diet high in fiber and probiotics, you also need a light exercise routine to deal with lazy intestines. Exercise facilitates blood circulation to the stomach so that your peristalsis becomes smoother.
Exercise that can facilitate digestion is mild aerobics that increases breathing and heart rate. Better heart and lung fitness produces smoother blood flow, thus affecting more efficient bowel movements.
Examples of aerobic exercise that you can do when you are constipated are walking or jogging 10 to 15 minutes every day, cycling, swimming, or aerobics.
When to go to the doctor?
If your constipation problem still recurs frequently, even after fixing your diet and exercise routine, consult your doctor.
Contact your doctor immediately if:
- You experience severe abdominal pain that doesn't go away with bowel movements.
- You have diarrhea that is accompanied by high fever.
- Diarrhea while shivering, vomiting, and dizziness.
- Experience constipation that occurs for more than a week.
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