Yoga is hailed for its many health benefits, such as stress reduction and joint pain relief, but we bet you didn’t know that there are certain yoga poses that can help with your digestive problems, including constipation.
Constipation can happen from time to time, or it can be chronic. Constipation is defined as the inability to pass a bowel movement, or when passing a bowel movement is infrequent, painful, and straining. There are numerous causes for constipation, such as not getting enough fiber, changing your daily routine, ignoring the urge to pass stool, not getting enough exercise, not drinking enough fluids, having a fever, being underweight or overweight, having anxiety or depression, being pregnant, suffering IBS or IBD, taking certain medications, being diabetic, having multiple sclerosis, and living with psychiatric problems, to name a few.
As you can see, constipation can be linked to a busy and an unhealthy lifestyle, so taking the time out of your day to relax, unwind, and practice yoga can keep you focused, calm, and healthy.
Yoga can ease digestion in two ways. First, it helps reduce stress, as it can wreak havoc on your digestive system. There is a higher risk of constipation during times of stress.
Secondly, yoga’s twisted and inverted poses offer a gentle massage for your digestive system, increasing the blood flow and oxygen delivery.
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