Constipation Facts

Most people experience constipation at some point in their lives. And when they do, they either suffer silently to take steps to alleviate their discomfort.Constipation is that condition in which you have fewer than three bowel movements in a week, dry and small movements that are painful or difficult to pass.



Constipation may result from several causes including a poor diet, poor bowel habits, or problems in elimination of stool, whether physical, functional, or voluntary.

The following are causes of constipation

Inadequate fluid intake: Not drinking enough water could lead to dry stools and trigger constipation. Fluid is absorbed in the intestine, and people who don’t drink enough water may not pass enough water into the colon to keep their stools soft.

Caffeine and alcohol; Alcohol intake induce increased excretion and thus urination of water. This leads to dehydration because of an increase in water absorption from the intestine.

Poor Diet; Eating foods rich in animal fats (dairy products, meats, and eggs) or refined sugar but low in fiber (whole grains, fruits and vegetables).

Drug Prescription: Prescribed and over the counter drugs can also cause constipation.



Often, people become constipated when they don’t get enough fibre in their diets. To counter this, include more high-fiber whole grain, fruits, veggies, and beans in your diet. Aim for at least 25 grams of fibre per day to help keep your gastrointestinal system running smoothly. Fibre may aid conmstipation because it helps hold water in the stool.

Probiotics are live microorganisms administered with intent of a therapeutic effect. The idea of probiotics for constipation is least plausible, as probiotics have the potential to disrupt the colon’s bacteria ecosystem.

Proper exercise aids in dealing with constipation. Studies show that a higher incidence of constipation in people who don’t exercise enough. So if your intestines feel slow, concentrate on getting a proper exercise.




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