Constipated No More! Suggestions for a Change in Lifestyle

As many as 10 million Americans suffer from chronic constipation, including infrequent bowel movements, hard and lumpy stools, and painful bowel movements. Constipation can cause hemorrhoids and tearing of rectal tissue and can be linked to diverticulitis. A doctor can perform some tests to determine the underlying problem, and several lifestyle changes can help this painful and frustrating condition. First, addition of fiber to the diet adds bulk to stools and makes them softer and easier to pass. Second, exercise will help move the materials more quickly through the digestive tract. Third, fluid intake of 6 to 8 glasses of liquids per day is important. Fourth, give yourself time to go to the bathroom. After eating is an ideal time to have a bowel movement, because eating stimulates the colon. Following these tips should help ease chronic constipation and make elimination painless and regular. Abilene Reporter News, September 22, 2008 
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