Constipation is a very common condition that is experienced by most people, whether infants, children or adult alike. People who have difficult and infrequent bowel movements suffer from constipation. According to the National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse, Constipation is defined as having a bowel movement fewer than three times per week. Although, even at shorter bowel intervals, a person may still be considered as constipated if there is straining during bowel movement or a sensation of incomplete evacuation after bowel movement.
In general, constipation is not considered as a serious condition. It may simply go away or be treated with home remedies or changes in our daily routine.
The most common culprits of constipation are: poor bowel habits, low fiber diets, low water intake, abuse of laxatives, hormonal disorders, and medications, travel, pregnancy, specific diseases primarily of other parts of the body that also affect the colon, and imaginary constipation.
Addressing our constipation problems can be as simple as changing our daily routine and our diet. You can start by observing the frequency of your bowel movement. Bowel frequency differ for each individual and are mostly reflective or our lifestyle. Some people have bowel movements daily while others may get it every two days. Knowing your regular bowel movement eliminates imaginary constipation as your cause for constipation.
Changes in your diet like increasing your fiber and fluid intake can help in cleaning out your waste. The extra fluids will also help in softening your stool. Fruits, vegetables and whole wheat grains are known for their high fiber content, adding them to your regular snacks will be good for your constipation and your over-all health.
Exercising daily can stimulate your intestines and speed up movement which may prevent the hardening of waste.
However, if the constipation is sudden, severe and accompanied by weight loss, rectal bleeding, abdominal pain or cramps, nausea and vomiting, it may be a symptom for a more serious illness. When this happens consult your doctor immediately.