Guide to Constipation Relief

By: Juliet Cohen

Constipation refers to unduly infrequent or irregular bowel movements. Constipation is one of the most common digestive complaints in the United States. The normal frequency of bowel movements varies widely from person to person, from once or more a day to three times a week. In general, however, you are likely constipated if you pass a hard, dry stool less than three times a week. With constipation stools are usually hard, dry, small in size, and difficult to eliminate. Some people who are constipated find it painful to have a bowel movement and often experience straining, bloating, and the sensation of a full bowel.

Constipation will usually respond to high fiber food, plentiful fluid consumption and increased physical activity. Constipation usually occurs when too much water has been absorbed by the colon and the stools get dry and hard. The muscles find it difficult to pass them through the colon. Cancer of the intestinal tract and poor absorption of nutrients can stem from periods of constipation. One of the main causes of constipation is diet. While there are many other contributing factors like fixed, haemorrhoids, an anal fissure, hypothyroidism or hormonal changes like those in pregnancy, diet does play a large role in constipation.

Relief of constipation rely on the cause, severity, and duration of the constipation, in most cases dietary and lifestyle changes will help relieve symptoms and help prevent them from recurring. Fiber is the most important element that can help in constipation relief. You should eat as much fiber as you can. It helps in forming a soft and bulky stool. Drink plenty of water daily. You can also involve fresh fruit and vegetable juice. Clear vegetable soups by itself or just before a meal will help aid digestion. Avoid having drinks in excess that contain caffeine or alcohol. Coffee had a couple of times daily could be invigorating and beneficial.

The benefits of alcohol when had in very small amounts is well known. Chronic constipation can usually be prevented with a combination of dietary changes, extra fluid intake, exercise, and, when necessary, short-term use of a laxative. Reduce your intake of sugar, refined foods, animal products (meats and dairy), caffeine, alcohol, soda, and salt. Two teaspoons of natural honey in a glass of warm water had first thing in the morning will help relieve constipation. Never ignore the urge to have a bowel movement. If you are on medication and distrust it of causing constipation, ask your physician.

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