Constipation generally means a deviation from your regular bowel habits, leading to infrequent toilet visits. It is usually indicated by stools that are hard and difficult to pass (i.e. straining or a sense of incomplete evacuation).
There are many effective laxatives on the market that are available to treat constipation; however lets explore a couple of natural approaches to help in the management and prevention of constipation1:
- Maintaining an adequate dietary intake of fibre of approximately 18-30g daily. Gradually increase your intake to avoid flatulence and bloating
- Increase exercise/activity levels
- Maintaining adequate fluid intake
- Immediately responding to the urge to defecate
Constipation is best treated early to avoid the formation of severely hard stools and straining which can lead to harmerrhoids and anal fissures. If these natural approaches did not yield any benefit, contact your healthcare professional for further advice.
I hope this information has helped you to some degree. If you have any questions, feel free to contact me. Thank you for reading and do share this with your friends and families if you found it useful.
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- Australian Medicines Handbook [Internet]. Adelaide SA: Australian Medicines Handbook; [updated 2017; cited 2017 March 12]. Available from: https://amhonline.amh.net.au/chapters/chap-12/laxatives/constipation.t?menu=vertical
- Wallpaper Gallery. Picture of Fresh Fruits [Image on Internet]. Wallpaper Gallery [cited 2017 Mar 14]. Available from: http://wallpaper-gallery.net/single/fresh-fruit-wallpaper/fresh-fruit-wallpaper-7.html