Clogging of the intestines is characterized by partial or complete blockage of the intestines, which in turn prevents easy passage of fluids, food and gas, through regular peristaltic movements. Though complete clogging of the intestine is relatively rare and requires hospitalization, partial clogging of the intestine is fairly common condition. Reports have suggested that intestinal clogging is linked with a host of disorders ranging from diabetes, hypercholesterolemia, arteriosclerosis and obesity.
Human intestinal system can be divided into small intestine (which comprises of duodenum, jejunum and ileum) and the large intestine (which comprises of the colon, rectum and anus). The smaller intestine is primarily focused at absorption of nutrients by breaking down food into simpler compounds, while the larger intestine is primarily focused on absorption of electrolytes, water, etc.
Regular and systemic contractions of the muscles of the intestinal walls propel the food and fluids forward i.e. from the stomach to the small intestine into the large intestine. Clogging of the intestine can result in obstruction to the movement of food and fluids through the gastrointestinal system.
Causes Of Clogged Intestines
Clogging of the intestine is primarily attributed to poor peristaltic movements.
- Tumor or scarring of intestinal tissue can result in the formation of adhesion which may hamper normal peristaltic movement and result in clogging of the intestines.
- Intestinal disorders like Crohn’s disease and Ulcerative Colitis can result in defective absorption of nutrients and formation of adhesive tissues which can result in clogging.
- Faulty dietary practices, comprising of high percentage of refined and processed foods and low dietary fiber intake can also increase the risk of clogged intestine.
- Reports have suggested that lower physical activity can also increase the possibility of clogged intestines.
Clogged Intestines Symptoms
Some of the common symptoms associated with clogged intestine include the following,
- Cramping in the abdomen which is usually located around the belly button. The pain is usually intermittent in nature and aggravated after a meal.
- Vomiting and abdominal distention
- Constipation with a sensation as if intestines are completely blocked is common
- Occasionally some patients may complain of diarrhea in cases of partial blockage
Home Remedies For Blocked Intestine
While completely clogged intestines is a medical emergency, partially clogged intestines can be treated at home using simple home remedies and natural treatment options,
- Increase the intake of dietary fiber in the form of Psyllium husk. Drink at least 3 liters of water. Water and dietary fiber help in the formation of a bolus, which pushes out waste accumulated within the intestines and thereby relieves clogging.
- Lemon Detox diet is considered useful to deal with clogged intestine. Consume freshly squeezed lemon juice with water (without adding sugar or other sweeteners, except natural honey) for a couple of days. Lemon will help unclog the intestines and also naturally detoxify the body.
- Homeopathic drug Baryta Carb is very useful in treating chronic and obstinate constipation. Consume this drug in low potency and repeat about three times a day. This remedy will help alleviate some of the symptoms associated with clogging of the intestine.
Regular exercise and elimination of processed and refined food from the diet are essential requirements. Include fresh fruits and vegetables in the diet and avoid trans-fats and saturated fats in the diet. Avoid laxatives to treat constipation, as their prolonged use may complicate the matter further.