Americans are notorious for spending outrageous amounts on laxatives and other remedies in their battle against chronic constipation. Product producers estimated that at least $725 million is expended yearly on the problem that plagues so many people. Women are two to three times more likely than men to encounter more problems with constipation because we have a slower transit time through our digestive system. Our intestinal tract is also longer. And there seems to be a hormonal correlation because women who are pregnant or post-menopausal report more problems than others. Apparently, estrogen helps with regulation, but this is not scientifically verified. Regardless of what's been tried, the most effective answers lie in behavioral strategies - activity and foods. Let's just review the foods that work and the ones that remain largely unproven.
The most important answer is to build a higher percentage of one's daily intake of food from plant foods...
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 ...
Generic Name: LOPERAMIDE/SIMETHICONE - ORAL Pronounced: (low-PAIR-uh-mide/sye-METH-ih-cone) Anti-Diarrheal (Lope)-Anti-Gas Oral Interactions
If you are taking this medication under your doctor's
direction, your doctor or pharmacist may already be aware of any possible drug
interactions and may be monitoring you for them. Do not start, stop, or change
the dosage of any medicine before checking with them first.
This drug should not be used with the following medication
because a very serious interaction may occur:
If you are currently using the medication listed above,
tell your doctor or pharmacist before starting loperamide.
Before using this medication, tell your doctor or
pharmacist of all prescription and nonprescription/herbal products you may use,
recent/current antibiotic use
drugs that can cause constipation (e.g., anticholinergics
such as belladonna/scopolamine/benztropine, an...
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