Constipation is a condition characterized by decreased frequency in bowel movements and/or the inability to pass stools. It is a common condition, about 15% of all people are affected by it. People suffering from constipation feel the urge to go to the toilet, but are unable to pass much. Stomach pain and bloating are common symptoms. Constipation often goes hand in hand with Irritable Bowel Syndrome.
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Possible causes of constipation include a narrowing of the intestine, poor intestinal muscle function, hard, dry stool due to poor hydration, a fiber-poor diet, sometimes it can occur from certain medicines or pregnancy. When treating constipation it can help to drink plenty of water, keep moving and have set times for sitting on the toilet. A healthy diet is also important. Make sure to eat fiber-rich foods and stay clear from unhealthy foods.
If these lifestyle changes do not have the desired effect, it may be a good idea to use a laxative. However, laxatives should not be overused. Excessive laxative use can cause damage to the intestinal wall. Besides laxatives there are also various supplements that can be used to increase bowel movement.