Facts About Constipation

At sometime or another, we are all bound to become constipated. This may last for a short or long period of time. In the latter instance, it is advisable to consult your physician. It is a condition hard to describe. Sometimes, people may think they are constipated but they really are not. Constipation could be a condition in itself or it could also be an early warning sign that something more serious is taking place in one’s system. It is the thought that having a bowel movement every day is the normal thing and is the essential thing. This is not necessarily true, as each person will have a different routine due to various reasons including the food they eat, exercise and other factors.

Causes of Constipation

  • Medications with Calcium, Aluminum and Iron in them causes constipation
  • Antidepressants
  • Codeine contained in pain relievers
  • Unbalanced diet
  • Diets high in meats, eggs, dairy products, rich desserts and various other sweets
  • Lack of exercise or inactivity
  • Traveling
  • Abusive use of laxatives
  • Pregnancy
  • Postponing having a bowe
  • Insufficient intake of water or liquids
  • Vomiting and diarrhea
  • Fissures and hemorrhoids (piles)
  • Diabetes, depression and a low level of the thyroid hormone
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome
  • Injuries to the spinal cord
  • Certain diseases can bring about a constriction in the intestine thereby blocking the passage of stools. Examples are tumors, scarring and inflammation of the intestine.

How Does One Avoid Constipation?

  • Eat a well balanced diet high in fiber, fruits and veggies
  • Exercise on a regular basis
  • When you get the inclination, you should go to the toilet. Do not postpone it.
  • Drink plenty of water, fruit juices, vegetable juices and plenty of other clear liquids.
  • Train yourself to go at a particular time after breakfast preferably or after dinner.
  • Do not misuse laxatives. They should be taken only on your physician’s recommendation.