Find out some of the less-known constipation cures that really work to stimulate bowel movements. Oh, and did you know there is a direct link between pooping and orgasm?
Because sharing is caring, here’s a very disturbing piece of news I chanced upon this morning: Taking a huge dump can give you an orgasm.
Yeah, no shit. At least one doctor has confirmed this phenomenon; Dr Anish Sheth, a gastroenterologist from Princeton University, USA, and co-author of What’s Your Poo Telling You?, says taking a particularly huge crap can stimulate the vagus nerve, which can lead to powerful, earth-shattering orgasms. There’s even a name for pooping-induced orgasm: poo-phoria.
“The distension of the rectum that comes with the passing of a large mass of stool causes the vagus nerve to fire,” says Dr Sheth. “The net effect of this is a drop in your heart rate and blood pressure, which in turn decreases blood flow to the brain. When mild, the light-headedness can lead to a sense of sublime relation – the high.”
While you are still digesting this very bizarre medical discovery, you may as well tend to more pressing matters: constipation. According to a recent study, 25.1 percent of Singaporeans have experienced instances of chronic constipation, and it was especially prevalent among women aged 20 to 29. Plus, among those who constantly felt bloated, 60 percent of them suffered from constipation. So, yeah, some relief would do our country a whole lot of good.
In case you’re not sure if you are constipated, a rule of thumb is that any frequency between three times a day and three times a week is normal. Less than three times a week? Well, consider these less-known constipation cures to stimulate your bowel movement.
Nibble on dried fruit
Eat a serving of dried fruit – dried prunes, dried apricots, raisins – with warm water. Dried fruit contains soluble fibre, which helps soften stools when digested with fluids.
Buy some yoghurt
Italian researchers found that probiotics promote digestive health and relieve constipation. Even better when you add fibre-rich fruit like prunes.
Stock up on the P’s
Pineapples, pears, peaches, prunes and papaya – these types of fruit are said to be natural laxatives, facilitating stool movements through the intestines.
Try juice cleansing
It is all the rage these days. Even Denise went on one recently – and she’s now a fan of it! She tried Beauty Cleanse’s 3-day Skinny Genes programme, which worked really well to ease her bowel movements. Read more about her experience, here.
Avoid calcium and iron
According to a spokesperson for the American Gastroenterological Association in the US, certain components like calcium and iron can harden stools. If they are part of your prescription, you might want to consider getting a stool softener from your doctor.
Don’t be a couch potato
Inactivity is one of the causes of constipation, so get moving! Aerobic exercise, in particular, helps stimulate the natural contraction of intestinal muscles, which eases bowel movements. But always wait for at least an hour after a meal before exercising – allow the food to properly digest first.
About The Author: A founder of Material World, Tan Lili has previously worked in magazines The Singapore Women’s Weekly and Cosmopolitan Singapore, as well as herworld.com (now herworldplus.com, the online counterpart of Her World). She is now a freelance writer who works on this website full-time. Lili hopes to travel the world, work with wild animals, and discover more awesome Twilight fan-fiction. Follow her on Twitter @TanLiliTweets.