Feeling constipated lately? You’re not alone. In fact, this condition is common among older adults.
Constipation is marked by straining, having lumpy or hard stools, a feeling of incomplete evacuation of the bowels and/or a sensation of being blocked. However, frequency of having a bowel movement isn’t always a good sign that you’re constipated since some people have three bowel movements weekly while others have three movements a day. “In general, however, you're probably experiencing constipation if you pass fewer than three stools a week, and your stools are hard and dry,” the Mayo Clinic stated.
The usual causes of constipation include little dietary fiber, inactivity, medications, lifestyle issues (such as travel), dehydration, overuse of laxatives, and ignoring the need to have a bowel movement. Then you add the changes in a woman’s body at middle-age and you have additional reasons that your body might feel backed up. “Now, adding the a...
Constipation can be a real, pardon the pun, pain in the rear. It can cause significant abdominal pain, bloating, nausea and even vomiting. If you find yourself straining, infrequently passing or passing small hard stools then check out some of these tips. They can help you to prevent and treat this painful problem. 7 Tips to Treat Constipation Water Water is key in having normal bowel movements. Even if you have plenty of fiber in your diet, if you don't have enough water to soften and bulk the stools you will still remain blocked up. Aim to drink the equivalent in ounces to half your body weight. So, someone who weight 150 pounds would aim to drink 75 ounces of water per day. Be careful: Caffeinated beverages, because they tend to dehydrate, and milk can be constipating so stick with pure water until the constipation passes. Exercise Moving your body, well... moves your GI tract too. Exercise can help to wake up your GI tract and get it moving the...
The foods you eat may cause, worsen, or relieve constipation .
Normal poop (stool) patterns are different for everyone. Some people may have a bowel movement more than once a day while others may have one every 2 to 3 days. Normal stools should not be painful or difficult to pass.
Constipation is defined as bowel movements that are infrequent, hard or difficult to pass. Constipation may be a chronic (long-term) problem or occur occasionally. It may result from medications, a medical condition, not enough activity, or a diet too low in fiber or fluid.
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