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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 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...
Spastic colon; Irritable colon; Mucous colitis; Spastic colitis
Symptoms range from mild to severe. Most people have mild symptoms. Symptoms vary from person to person.
Abdominal pain, fullness, gas, and bloating that have been present for at least 6 months are the main symptoms of IBS. The pain and other symptoms will often:
Occur after meals
Come and go
Be reduced or go away after a bowel movement
People with IBS may switch between constipation and diarrhea, or mostly have one or the other.
People with diarrhea will have frequent, loose, watery stools. They will often have an urgent need to have a bowel movement, which is difficult to control.
Those with constipation will have difficulty passing stool, as well as less frequent bowel movements. They will often need to strain and will feel cramping with a bowel movement. Often, they do not eliminate any stool, or only a small amount.
For some pe...
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