Constipation Help - How to Stop Constipation

By: JP Richardson

To understand how to help when constipation arises, it must first be understood what the problem really is. Constipation happens when a person has three or less bowel movements in a week, and the stool's texture is hard and dry. The person with constipation has a constant feeling of "full."

Some people think they need to pass a bowel daily, but that's not always true. Each person develops his or her own needs.

There are natural ways to help the problem, such as increasing fiber in the diet. Some foods to eat more of include fruit, such as apples, peaches, strawberries and tangerines. Raw vegetables like acorn squash, broccoli, cabbage and carrots also help, and cooked vegetables such as spinach also contain a lot of fiber, upping the odds of regularity. Plenty of fluids, as well as breads, cereal and beans also are important. Increased exercise also helps, and coupled with the listed foods, the new lifestyle will not only help with constipation, but will make a healthier person on all fronts.

Sometimes we ignore the feeling that we have to "go," and that can make the problem worse. A person with constipation also should see the doctor before hurrying to the pharmacy for an over-the-counter laxative, as the medicine can contribute to this problem. If taking a new medicine, ask your doctor if it can cause constipation.

It should also be realized that everyone gets constipated at one time or another, and everyone experiences bowel movements in a unique way.

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