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...
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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...
<p><strong>What Is Constipation? </strong></p>
<p>Constipation is more a complaint than a disorder—in fact, it is the most common gastrointestinal complaint in the United States. Constipation is characterized by infrequent bowel movements with stools that are often hard and sometimes painful to pass. The condition results when intestinal contractions slow down, allowing more time for the bowels to remove water from food wastes.</p>
<p>The normal frequency of bowel movements varies greatly from person to person—it is perfectly normal for some people to have three bowel movements a day, while others have as few as three a week. Constipation involves the passage of hard stools less than three times in a week, usually accompanied by bloating and discomfort. Any change in a person’s usual frequency of bowel movements, however, may be a sign of a more serious underlying disorder.</p>
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