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How to Deal with Constipation

Constipation is an awful feeling in the abdomen that is brought about by the weird knotting and increased pressure. This condition is particularly identified by hard stools or the difficulty or inability to pass stools. Moreover, a person suffering from constipation may also experience headache, bloating and a swollen abdomen.

Failure to engage in any physical activity or exercise could cause constipation. If your diet doesn’t include fiber-rich foods such as fruits and veggies, it could result in difficulty during bowel movements. In addition, not drinking enough water may cause hard stools. Constipation may also result as a side effect of antihistamines, beta blockers, blood pressure medicines, iron supplements, aspirin and antipsychotic drugs.

In severe cases, constipation is caused by anal fissure, kidney failure, colon cancer, irritable bowel syndrome, hypothyroidism and stress. Also, having too much calcium in the blood can cause constipation.

To prevent the likelihood of constipation, one should have enough fiber-rich foods in their diet. In addition to fruits and veggies, one should partake of whole wheat, oatmeal, cereals and bran. To help flush toxins out of the body, one should also drink plenty of water. Ideally, it should be six to eight glasses of water every day.

Fruit juices also help relieve the symptoms of constipation. Grape, apple and prune juices help ease the process during bowel movement. Regular physical activity helps promote regular bowel movement. Abdominal crunches and contraction exercise, in particular, reduce the likelihood of constipation.

Over-the-counter stool softeners, laxatives and suppositories can also be used if fiber-rich foods and fluids don’t provide sufficient relief.

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