What is making you constipated?

Why are you constipated? How can you fix it?

What is making you constipated?

If you’ve had fewer than three bowel movements in a week, or your poo is hard and lumpy, you’re most likely constipated. So, why is this happening and how can you fix it?

The most likely cause for your constipation is eating low-fibre, high-fat foods. Dairy products, eggs, rich desserts and sugary foods tend to stop up your bowels. So, if you do consume these foods, make sure you balance them with high-fibre foods such as fruits, vegetables and whole grains.

The importance of incorporating high-fibre foods into your diet can’t be stressed enough. Why? Fibre can’t be broken down by your body, so it creates ‘bulk’ that absorbs water and keeps you regular.

Quite often, certain medicines can cause constipation. Drugs for treating muscle spasms, seizures, pain, kidney problems and high-blood pressure can clog you up. The way around this is to increase your high-fibre foods and if that doesn’t work, speak to your GP and ask if there’s an alternative medicine that’s a bit kinder to your bowels.

Other causes of constipation are anxiety, irritable bowel syndrome, diabetes, thyroid problems and ageing. Again, a high-fibre diet is your best course of action for curing constipation, but there are also other methods available to you.

For example, age-related constipation is often more to do with you slowing down, so staying active can help you stay regular. Just 30 minutes of exercise each day – be it a brisk walk, time on a treadmill, light weight work or a bike ride – will benefit your bowels and your body.

Also, it’s best to heed the call of the colon when it comes. Don’t hold on to your poo – get to a loo!

And make sure you drink plenty of water and stay away from sugary drinks. Remember, too, that you get water from fruit and vegetables. If you feel as if you’re not getting enough water from your food, try eating soup a few times a week.

If your diet fails to get things moving, you may need to try oral laxatives or suppositories. There are plenty of store-bought laxatives available, or you could try a natural remedy such as psyllium husks.

Enemas are also a last resort, but one that can help reset your bowel. Both laxative and enema treatments should not be considered without first consulting your GP, because reliance on these methods can damage your intestines or make your body ‘forget’ how it’s supposed to work.

If you’re still having trouble moving your bowels after a few days, it’s probably best to speak to your doctor, especially if you have serious stomach pain.

Read more at WebMD

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    30th Oct 2019
    I think a lot of our politicians are constipated. Every time some of them open their mouths I think they are full of shit.
    Polly Esther
    30th Oct 2019
    nothing like coming straight to the point LOL
    30th Oct 2019
    Especially Shifty Shorten.
    30th Oct 2019
    I keep telling everyone animal products has no fiber you must eat more fruit and veggies and you will not have any issues, also try to eat raw greens every day too. My son eats a lot of fruit and goes 3 times a day!
    30th Oct 2019
    In that case your son does not have issues but needs a lot of tissues, eh?
    30th Oct 2019
    Ha Ha, yes of course we go through a bit more, he is a heavy user too, I try to buy it on special.
    30th Oct 2019
    Also a warning about pysllium husks, unless you drink enough fluid it will not work because it swells up and can cause issues so only have a small amount with lots of water. Better still keep up your fluid intake mostly water.
    30th Oct 2019
    Beer is mostly water, just remember that also, tastes better too.
    30th Oct 2019
    Well yes but it is alcohol which is hard on the liver and dehydrates you, not going to improve your health.
    Dave R
    17th Dec 2019
    Easy fix, a large glass of water with a heaped teaspoon of Epson salts dissolved in it. Then drink another large glass of water. An hour later make sure you are close to a toilet. Natural and harmless according to my doctor. I can personally vouch for it.

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