How to relieve constipation

Ashna Waseem 04:46 PM, 18 Dec, 2022
How to relieve constipation

Constipation is defined as having less than three bowel motions per week. Chronic constipation is defined as infrequent bowel motions or difficult stool passage that lasts for many weeks or more.

Though intermittent constipation is typical, some people suffer from chronic constipation, which can impair their ability to do everyday duties. People suffering from chronic constipation may sometimes strain excessively to make a bowel movement.

What are the causes of constipation?

Constipation is a frequent health problem that affects people of all ages. It might indicate that you're not passing stools on a regular basis or that you're unable to completely empty your bowel. Constipation can also create stiff, lumpy stools that are excessively big or little. Constipation intensity varies from person to person. Many people only have constipation for a brief period of time, but for others, it can be a long-term (chronic) problem that causes severe pain and suffering and has an impact on quality of life. It is frequently difficult to pinpoint the specific reason of constipation. However, a lot of factors contribute to the illness, including:

·       Not getting enough fiber from fruits, veggies, and grains

·       A shift in your routine or way of life, such as a shift in your dietary habits

·       Side effects of various drugs include disregarding the need to pass feces.

·       Consuming insufficient fluids

·       Depression or anxiety

How to treat constipation?

The first line of therapy for constipation is typically dietary and lifestyle modifications. This involves gradually increasing your daily fiber consumption, drinking plenty of water, and attempting to get more activity. If they don't work, your pharmacist may offer an oral laxative to help you clear your intestines. Constipation treatment is successful, albeit it may take many months in some cases to reestablish a regular bowel pattern.

Constipation solutions such as taking a fiber supplement or eating high fiber meals, as well as conducting a colonic massage, may assist. Other treatments include using a laxative, a suppository, or an enema.

If a low fiber diet is the source of your constipation, fiber pills are easily available and helpful in inducing bowel movements. They function by increasing the weight or volume of your feces. This aids in the passage of feces through your intestines and out of the body.

Consuming fiber-rich meals might help you get rid of constipation. Fiber-rich foods include the following:

·       Whole grain bread or cereal with oats

·       Apples and bananas are examples of fibrous fruits.

·       Broccoli, carrots, and leafy greens are examples of fibrous vegetables.

·       lentils, brown rice, and beans

·       nuts made from split peas, such as walnuts, pecans, and almonds

The Bottom Line

Constipation is quite frequent and affects people of all ages. It is frequently treatable with modest dietary and lifestyle adjustments. Increase your fiber intake or use a laxative, a suppository, or a stool softener as home treatments for constipation. A squat posture, mild exercise, or a colonic massage may also be beneficial. When bowel motions become less frequent and feces become harder to evacuate, this is referred to as constipation. It usually arises as a result of a change in food or habit, or from a lack of fiber. If you experience significant discomfort, blood in your stools, or constipation that lasts more than three weeks, contact your doctor.

Ashna Waseem
Ashna Waseem

The author is contributing writer at Medical News Pakistan and can be reached at



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