Causes and Symptoms of Constipation
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Causes and Symptoms of Constipation

Causes and Sypmtoms of Constipation.

More than 4 million Americans suffer from frequent constipation. It is a very common reason to visit the physician. Speculation as to what causes constipation varies. Quite frankly most anything can cause constipation. Stress and anxiety are frequent causes of bowl abnormalities. Of course diet is also a huge factor. The best way to prevent and regulate constipation seems to be with diet. Eating foods high in fiber can help keep you regular from day to day. If this isn’t enough there are many over the counter medications and remedies for constipation. Laxatives are the most common over the counter medication. Constipation occurs if the colon absorbs too much water or if the colon’s muscle contractions are slow. This can be caused from lack of fiber in the diet, sedentary life style, dairy products, medications, dehydration, irritable bowl syndrome, problems with rectum, problems with intestine functioning and resisting the urge to have a bowl movement.

The FDA recommends people get 20-35 grams of fiber daily. Americans on average eat only 5-14 grams daily. This is a big difference! Fiber is found in whole grains and fresh green vegetables. The best way to get your fiber is naturally. The body can become resistant to evacuating it’s self naturally if laxatives are taken for long periods of time. If you are not ingesting enough fiber filled foods you may want to take a fiber supplement. Drinking liquids can help bulk up the stool and make it softer and easier to relieve constipation. Water is an excellent source to relieve constipation. Consuming drinks with caffeine such as soda or coffee can dehydrate and worsen constipation. Sometimes caffeine can however stimulate bowls and help alleviate mild constipation. It is also recommended to avoid alcohol when constipated. Alcohol, especially in excess, will dehydrate your body. There are several medications that can cause constipation. If you are taking medications for the following you may want to consult your physician if you are experiencing chronic constipation. Some of the most common causes of constipation come from medications for: pain (especially narcotics), antacids containing aluminum and calcium, blood pressure medications, antidepressants, iron supplements, diuretics, and drugs to relieve Parkinson symptoms. Constipation is also common during pregnancy. Hormonal changes and pressure from the uterus onto the intestine can create difficulties passing stool. A regular diet high in fiber and water is the best way to relieve and prevent constipation. If a high fiber diet doesn’t work there are many safe over the counter remedies available at local drug stores.

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