A lot of people experience difficulty with bowel movements. This is a condition commonly known as constipation. Constipation is one of the most common digestive problems in the world and is characterized by infrequent or difficult-to-pass stools. Here are 7 reasons you may be dealing with constipation and suggestions for addressing it.
1. You’re not drinking enough water.
Your body requires a certain amount of water to be absorbed before it eliminates excess in the stool. If you don’t drink enough water, bowel movements can become very hard and brittle. This lack of water leads to difficulty with stool passage as well as straining, cramping, abdominal pain, and bloating,
Drink enough water (or eat foods with high water content, like cucumbers). This can help you stay hydrated and ensure your bowel movements are easy to pass.
2. You have a food intolerance.
Sometimes abdominal discomfort and painful pooping may be caused by food intolerances. Foods like lactose, fructose, or gluten may trigger this. In the end, these can lead to abdominal distension and discomfort.
Some of these intolerances can be tested for, to help you avoid problematic foods. Others require trial-and-error elimination diets to determine the offending agents.
3. You’re not eating enough fibre.
Eating soluble fibre helps stool retain water and keeps stools soft while insoluble fibre helps bulk stool and makes it easier to pass. You should consume both daily because they are important for your gut health.
If you are dealing with constipation, try increasing your intake of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains.
4. You’re not getting enough exercise.
Don’t see physical activity as something that only stimulates your muscles. Exercise can also make your gut move, change the way your stool absorbs water and beneficially alter important hormone signals that regulate gut health.
Incorporate aerobic exercise into your daily routine. This can alleviate the uncomfortable side effects of constipation. Any activity that gets your heart rate up counts.
5. You’re taking medications that cause constipation.
Some commonly prescribed medications can alter the way your bowel movements are passed by changing water absorption, hormone secretion, etc. Culprits include antacids, pain medications, blood pressure medications, etc.
Understand the common side effects of your medications. If there is a concern, that they may be causing your constipation, talk to your doctor about trying something else (or even using a stool softener).
6. You have IBS.
Irritable bowel syndrome commonly causes abdominal pain and bloating, but there are many ways for IBS to present. Some people with IBS may have bowel spasms and diarrhoea while others have constipation.
Besides things like diet, stress management, and exercise, see a doctor. There are medications for IBS treatment but treatment is based on the symptoms you exhibit.
7. You have a more serious medical problem.
You could have a hidden medical problem if none of the above situations sounds familiar. These can therefore impede your ability to easily pass stool as a result. There may be blockages in your intestines. In addition, there may be damage to the muscles in your gut from surgery or childbirth, or inflammation in the colon from several causes.
Talk with your doctor about your symptoms. Your doctor should check for any intestinal bleeding (in the stool, in the toilet, or on the paper). In addition, check for other issues such as sudden weight loss, fevers or chills, nausea, and vomiting. Also, check for severe abdominal pain.
In conclusion, constipation can be managed through dietary and lifestyle changes. These include increasing fibre and water intake, regular exercise, and managing stress. Over-the-counter laxatives may also provide temporary relief. If constipation is chronic, severe, or accompanied by other concerning symptoms, it’s essential to consult a healthcare professional for a thorough evaluation and appropriate treatment.
So there you have it guys. Do you think any of these reasons are responsible for you dealing with constipation? Try these solutions and let us know how it goes.