Friday, March 27, 2009
Constipation affects almost everyone at one time or another.
Constipation is common, yet clearly there is a need for
better understanding of this condition, and for improved
People who suffer from constipation will tell that it is one
of the most uncomfortable experiences they've had. So what
is the causes and cure to constipation?
Constipation is usually defined as having infrequent bowel
movements that are hard and painful, and is most commonly
caused by a diet that is low in fiber, but can also be
caused by drinking too much milk (more than 12-16oz/d), not
drinking enough water or waiting too long to go to the
Stress, even a new routine can temporarily cause a slowdown
in the bowels that leads to constipation. Pregnant women
also suffer from constipation as a result of a change in
hormonal balance in the body, and also because of the
pressure of the now occupied uterus on the intestine.
A lack of exercise will cause you constipation as well.
People who don't take care of themselves physically, tend to
easily develop constipation as a result.
Cure to constipation depends on the cause, severity, and
duration, in most cases dietary and lifestyle changes will
help relieve symptoms of constipation and help prevent it.
Dietary fiber which is also known as bulk forming laxatives
may benefit individuals with relatively minor or occasional
constipation. Vegetables, fresh fruits, dried fruits, and
whole wheat, bran, or oatmeal cereals are excellent sources of
Taking fiber supplements such as wheat bran, oat bran,
psyllium seeds, if you find it hard to cope with the bulk of
vegetables, fruits needed.
Insufficient intake of fluids can result in constipation as
well. Drink plenty of liquids (1 to 2 quarts daily), unless
you have heart, blood vessel, or kidney problems. Drink it
on an empty stomach stimulates peristalsis by reflex.
Individuals who do a lot more exercise are often better
physically that those who live a sedentary life. One of the
many benefits of regular exercise is improved bowel
motility. Exercise is perhaps the best prevention for
Laxatives can be used for short term constipation relief but
most people who are mildly constipated do not need laxatives.
They are also safe to use during pregnancy include the
bulk-forming laxatives Lactulose, and Macrogols.
Getting up and walking around the block in the morning is
good enough to get your bowels moving. Developing a good
diet habit will play a large part in preventing and