Constipation as a condition is likely to be experienced at one time or the other by every individual because a slight change in lifestyle can affect your body metabolism. You might have heard , read or experienced it several times but on this piece we going to take a closer look and show you more practical methods to dealing with it.
What truly does constipation mean?
It’s a state of infrequent bowel movements with stools that are firm or hard to pass. It can be also be invariably explained to be fewer than three stools per weeks and severe constipation as less than one stool per week because ordinarily, a healthy person should have a bowel movement every day.
Signs of constipation
- Lower abdominal pain or discomfort
- Straining to have a bowel movement
- Infrequent bowel movement
- Hard or small stools
- Rectal bleeding caused by hard stools
Why does constipation occur?
- When you take low fiber diet
- Not taking enough water
- When you don’t exercise
- Hypothyroidism could also trigger constipation because it can cause low metabolism in the body.
- The use of painkillers especially the narcotics have potential ability to cause constipation. Ibuprofen and aspirin also can cause it according to research.
- Evidence has shown that chocolate can also cause constipation.
- Laxative use
- Excessive use of Vitamin supplements that contain Iron and calcium
- Too much of dairy foods like yoghurt, cheese can also cause constipation
- Blood pressure and allergy drugs
- Depression can cause constipation making the individual loose interest in food or constantly experience loss of appetite.
- Antidepressant drugs
- Use of Antacids
Complications of constipation
- Bloating. Bloating and severe pain, usually in the lower left abdomen may result from gas, produced by normal intestinal bacteria that break down fiber in the stool stuck in the colon. The left side of the abdomen is distended and usually tender to touch.
- Lazy Colon. Lazy colon does not respond to presence of the stool in the colon and gastrocolic reflex that normally stimulate the bowel movement after food enters the stomach. Often even laxatives do not hel of cereals without drinking enough fluid may also result in fecal impaction.
- Obstipation. Long term constipation can cause Obstipation (it also referred to as is severe constipation) caused by intestinal obstruction, which may be acute or chronic, partial or complete. Constipation, abdominal distension, painful cramps, and vomiting are main symptoms.
- Rectal Prolapse. Rectal prolapse is protrusion of a part of the rectum through the anal opening during the bowel movement. It usually occurs in old people with chronic constipation who have weak pelvic floor muscles and strain during the bowel movement.
- Anal Fissure. An anal fissure is a tear of the anal mucosa occurring during forced passage of large and hard stool. After the tear, you may feel severe pain lasting for several hours, and you may find blood on the stool or toilet tissue.
- Chronic hemorrhoids are a common complication of chronic constipation.
What are simple techniques to manage constipation?
- Drink plenty of liquids. Drinking eight glasses of liquid a day will help to flush out the digestive tract.
- Eat high- fiber foods. Raw fruits, vegetables, beans, whole- grain bread, and bran cereal are good choices.
- Exercise regularly and engage in few physical activities because it can aid your digestive system.
- Ask your physician about taking a bulk-forming agent. These products absorb water and expand inside your body. That adds moisture in the stool and makes it easier to pass. Always avoid taking laxatives during pregnancy.
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