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Things you need to know about constipation

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Most people experience constipation at some point in their lives. Even when they do that, they keep silent and suffer from it. However, it is possible to prevent and eliminate constipation.

How often do you go?

If you do not have even have one bowel movement a day, something may be wrong. However, normal bowel function can mean different things for different people. Some people may have only three power movements a week and that can be normal for them. For some other people, 2 to 3 bowel movements a day may be normal.

Many experts will only consider it constipation if bubble moments are fewer than three per week. And the eliminated stole should be hard, dry, small, and difficult to pass. Then only they will consider the problem, like constipation.

There are several symptoms that can help you find out if he was suffering from constipation.

  • Fewer than three bowel movements per week
  • Hard, dry, small stool
  • Difficulty passing stool
  • Straining to pass stool
  • Bloating
  • Abdominal pain or discomfort
  • Headache
  • Impaired appetite
  • Poor taste in your mouth
  • Nausea
  • Feelings of sluggishness

Should you be worried?

If you see the symptoms of constipation, you need to be careful, but you don't have to worry about it. Constipation is really the result of serious illness and it does not have long-term health risks if you take proper care. However, if you ignore constipation and do nothing about it, it can cause different unpleasant complications, including hemorrhoids, anal fissures, or fecal impaction.

How to get rid of constipation?

You can resolve constipation with a few simple changes in your life and lifestyle.

Diet

Diet is one of the reasons why people become constipated. If you're not getting enough fiber or water in your diet, you are likely to suffer from constipation. People need at least 25 g of fiber every day because that will keep the gastrointestinal system running smoothly. You will also need to increase the intake of water. You can consume foods high in water content such as watermelon, cucumbers, and tomatoes. Ensure that you are not dehydrated at any point during the day because dehydration can lead to constipation. The body attempts to gain needed water by drawing too much water out of the stool. You can also reduce the amount of cheese, meat, and other foods that are low in fiber.

Exercise

Scientific studies found that there is a high incidence of constipation in people who do not exercise enough. If you felt your intestines are becoming slow, you need to focus on regular exercise. Try to get the recommended 30 minutes of exercise every day, most days of the week. That will help you eliminate the possibility of constipation along with helping you to improve your health and appearance.

Something serious

Poor diet and a lack of exercise are the two most common causes of constipation, but sometimes an underlying medical issue can cause constipation. So, if you are eating enough fiber and exercising regularly but you are still facing the problem of constipation, you can see your doctor to find out if there is an underlying cause of this problem.

Some of the medical conditions that may cause constipation as a symptom include-

  • Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Diabetes
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Lupus

Your doctor will help you find out if there is an underlying cause and will also help you overcome such causes to ensure that you do not suffer from constipation.