Constipation Relief & Constipation Prevention

By: JP Richardson

To understand effective constipation relief, we must first understand what being constipated truly is. Some people think that if they have a bowel movement every day, they can't have the issue, which isn't always the case. The true definition of this predicament is having three or less bowel movements in a week period.

Normal elimination of the stool depends on the individual - it could happen once a day or even as many times as three times in a given day. Constipation is also defined by the type and texture of stool. When one is constipated, the bowel movement generally is hard, dry, small, and difficult to pass through.

Constipation is not a disease, but merely a symptom. Some ways to relieve it coincide with healthy eating plans. To become regular, a healthy dose of fiber must be included in the diet, as well as liquids, especially water, fresh fruit and vegetables. People that often suffer from constipation should limit intake of food with excess sugar, or dairy products. Exercise also is vital. Overuse of laxatives is possible, and this can even make the problem worse. Another important strategy is to not put off the urge to "go" - set aside time after large meals for visits to the bathroom.

Constipation happens to all of us at some time or another, and laxatives generally are not needed unless the condition is chronic, also known as obstipation. Stool softeners, which moisten the stool and also prevent dehydration, are recommended only after childbirth and surgeries.

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