Constipation is defined as infrequent bowel movements (usually fewer than three per week). Though many people experience occasional constipation, some people suffer from chronic constipation, which is usually associated with difficulty passing stools, hard or lumpy stools, or excessive straining to pass a bowel movement. While chronic constipation is a problem that is more likely to affect the elderly due to their poor nutritional habits, increased medications, and lack of activity, it is a condition that affects people across the lifespan. Here are some simple tips to treat (and prevent) constipation.
Drink More Water
Adequate hydration is crucial to preventing constipation, since water helps to move stool through your intestines. A good rule of thumb is to drink at least half of your body weight in fluid ounces each day. For example, a 150-pound person would need a minimum of 75 ounces of fluid each day. If you exercise or work outside in the heat, your fluid needs are ...
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Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) refers to a disorder that involves abdominal pain and cramping, as well as changes in bowel movements.
It is not the same as inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), which includes Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis .
Spastic colon; Irritable colon; Mucous colitis; Spastic colitis
Causes, incidence, and risk factors
There are many possible causes of IBS. For example, there may be a problem with muscles in the intestine, or the intestine may be more sensitive to stretching or movement. There is no problem with the structure of the intestine.
It is not clear why patients develop IBS, but in some instances, it occurs after an intestinal infection. This is called postinfectious IBS. There may also be other triggers.
Stress can worsen IBS. The colon is connected to the brain through nerves of the autonomic nervous system. These nerves become more active during times of stress, and can cause th...
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