If you suffer from constipation, you may receive a lot of strange advice on how to cure it. If you’ve been wondering if chili dogs will help you get things moving, you might want to think twice. Eating a regular beef hot dog and traditional beef chili will probably make the problem worse. You may be thinking that since dogs with chili seem to get through it without a hitch, they will be able to unclog your constipation and things will take care of themselves.
First, it is time to stop viewing your body as such a simple system. If you are constipated, it is not simply a plumbing problem. It’s not like you can have the equivalent of a drain opener in your stomach and it will naturally break. Constipation can be a sign of many different things, and many factors can contribute to the reason for constipation. Instead of asking what you can eat or drink to clear your system, you should ask yourself why you are constipated in the first place. Once you discover the cause of your constipation, you can avoid the foods or factors that caused it.
There are several reasons why you may have constipation. You may need to drink more water and have become dehydrated. You may be lacking the proper amount of fiber in your daily diet. You could be getting old and your intestines are not as active as they used to be. Perhaps you have irritable bowel syndrome and are under a lot of stress. Maybe you waited too long to go to the bathroom and now your intestines are not responding. Any number of diseases have constipation as a symptom, you could possibly have one of those or worse. You probably won’t, but you shouldn’t take it lightly and think of a quick fix.
If you made yourself a tofu dog and topped it with vegetarian chili made with high-fiber ingredients, and ate it all on top of a whole wheat muffin, you may have a chance to ease your constipation. Only an over-the-counter or prescription medicine will provide any kind of immediate relief. If you try to cure your constipation by eating something, you will still have to wait for it to pass through your digestive system, and that can take too long.
What you really should do is make a pact with yourself to drink more water and eat more vegetables every day. This will promote healthy function of your digestive tract and should prevent future cases of constipation. If you still suffer from this problem on a regular basis after making diet and lifestyle changes, you should see a doctor to see if you have any underlying conditions.