If you suffer from constipation, you may get a lot of strange advice on how to cure it. If you’ve been wondering if Chili Dogs are going to help you get things moving, you might want to think twice. Eating a regular beef hot dog and traditional beef chili will likely make the problem worse. You may think that since Chili Dogs seem to pass through you with no problem, they will be able to clear your constipation and things will take care of themselves.
First, it’s time to stop thinking of your body as such a simple system. When you have clogging, it’s not just a plumbing problem. It’s not like you can pour some drain opener equivalent down your stomach and it will naturally dissolve. Constipation can be a sign of many different things, and many factors can contribute to why you are constipated. Instead of asking what you can eat or drink to clear your system, ask yourself why you are constipated in the first place. Once you figure out the cause of your constipation, you can avoid the foods or factors that caused it.
There are several reasons why you might have constipation. Perhaps you need to drink more water and are dehydrated. You may not be getting the right amount of fiber in your daily diet. You could be getting older and your gut isn’t as active as it used to be. Maybe you have irritable bowel syndrome and are under a lot of stress. Maybe you’ve waited too long to go to the bathroom and now your bowels are unresponsive. A number of diseases list constipation as a symptom, you could possibly have one of these or something worse. Chances are you won’t, but don’t take it lightly and think of a quick fix.
If you’ve made your own tofu dog and topped it with veggie chili made with high-fiber ingredients and eaten it all on a whole wheat bun, you might have a chance to clear your constipation. Only an over-the-counter or prescription drug will provide any sort of instant relief. If you try to relieve your constipation by eating, you still have to wait for it to pass through your digestive system, and that can take too long.
What you really should be doing is making a pact with yourself to drink more water and eat more vegetables each day. This promotes healthy functioning of your digestive tract and should prevent future constipation. If you still experience this problem on a regular basis after making changes to your diet and lifestyle, you should see a doctor to determine if you have an underlying condition.