If you’re not accustomed to eating a high fiber diet, then I suggest you slowly incorporate these recommended foods into your diet slowly. A sudden boost of dietary fiber can cause a shock to your system, and can cause further digestive problems. To battle constipation you need to eat a wholesome diet. Increase your intake [...]
Constipation is a condition in which bowel movements are poorly timed and infrequent, inadequate, being hard and small, or is difficult to pass.
The term means different things to different people. Some feel they need several stools a day, while others are content with one every few days. When the individual pattern of evacuation is less frequent than usual, becomes harder, and passes with greater difficulty, the person is constipated.
While a number of factors may result in constipation, without a doubt the most common is simply ignoring the urge to defecate. Generally, the urge is strongest on arising or soon after breakfast, but people may find this an inconvenient time and suppress the urge. Suppressed repeatedly, the natural desire declines and eventually is lost.
Other causes include an inadequate intake of water, lack of physical exercise, a decreased intake of food, a diet low in fiber or roughage (refined foods and foods of animal origin), emotional tension, and confinement in bed. Still other reasons, some more serious, consist of fear of pain (due to hemorrhoids or anal fissure), hypothyroidism, the use of pain killers, (codeine, etc.), aluminum antacids, and obstruction or stricture of the bowel (from polyps, cancer, etc.).
What to do for constipation
Try to determine which cause fits your situation and then take corrective action. Establish a specific time for going to stool and do not be rushed. Drink generously of water, eat a diet high in fiber, and take some extra fiber. Exercise regularly and check your medications. Taking laxatives regularly may establish a laxative habit. If the above suggestions do not help, discuss your problem with your physician. If you have experienced a sudden change in your bowel habits, see your physician immediately.
What your physician can do for constipation
A thorough physical examination will relieve your mind that no serious problem exists. If you suspect your medications, consult with your physician.
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It usually takes between six and twenty-four hours for waste to pass through the digestive tract in a healthy body. However, there are times when that waste matter takes too long to pass through the large intestine, which results in constipation. Therefore, it becomes difficult to pass stools, and at times the urge to go [...]
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