Introduction to constipation
Constipation is a very common problem; in fact more than four million Americans have it on the regular.
According to the most recent studies, women and elderly adults have the most problems with constipation.
When a person has less than three bowel movements per week, they are considered to be constipated.
When a person is constipated, their stools are usually very hard and dry, and there can be pain when going to the bathroom because of this.
It is important to remember that constipation is not really a disorder, but a symptom of some type of digestive problem.
There are many things that can cause constipation, and some of them include: not having enough fiber in the diet, a lack of physical activity, medications, pregnancy, aging, taking too many laxatives, and disease and conditions such as Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis and irritable bowel syndrome, among many others.
However, there are natural ways to get rid of constipation.
There are foods that can be eaten and changes in the diet that can help people who are constipated.
Fiber is very important for proper and regular bowel movements, therefore it is important to have a lot of fiber in the diet in order to have soft and bulky stools.
Foods that are high in fiber include beans, whole grains, fresh fruits, and bran cereals. Vegetables such as asparagus, cabbage and carrots contain a lot of fiber.
It is important also to avoid foods that do not have a lot of fiber, such as ice cream, cheese, meat and most processed foods, if not all.
It is also important to keep hydrated, and it is especially important to drink a lot of water. Fruit juices and clear soups are also good. Above all, especially for elderly people, it is important to stay active and to include a good amount of physical activity in one’s daily routine.
If a person is suffering from chronic constipation, then they might have to turn to laxatives.
There are several types of laxatives available. Bulk-forming laxatives are considered to be the safest. You can also try stimulants, which cause contractions in the intestinal muscles, osmotics, which are used by people with idiopathic constipation, and also stool softeners, which of course moisten the stool and help to prevent dehydration.
Saline can also be used to get the water out of the colon and make it easier to have a bowel movement.
Also, people can use chloride channel activators, which will increase the intestinal fluids and make it easier to have a bowel movement as well.