What is constipation?
Constipation is infrequent bowel movements or difficult in passing stools that persist for several weeks or longer.
Constipation is generally described as having fewer then three bowl movements a week.
Here are the most common causes of constipation;
Ignoring the urge to go.
When you're busy all day at work or spending time with friends and family, you can always ignore to the toilet when nature calls. But putting the brakes on that impulse can actually cause of worsen constipation.
When the last section of your intestines, the recruiter, fills up with stool, it sends a message to your brain signaling that it is time to go. If you hold back the bowel movement, your rectum returns the contents to your sigmoid color where it continues extracting fluids from your stool, making it drier, harder and more difficult to pass when you finally get some throne time. This causes constipation.
Constipation is most common in elderly at around the age of 70 or older. This is because of some factors that include slower digestion, reduced physically activity, and taking more medications.
Women are more likely to have chronic constipation as compared to men. This is due to the influence on hormones on digestive function.
When you're stressed , it can affect the regularity of bowel movements, as well as cause gas, bloating and abdominal discomfort.
Many people resort to taking a stimulant. These laxatives contain chemicals which irritates the nerve endings on the bowl walls to reactive peristalsis.
However these laxatives won't be effective if the intestinal walls is impacted with fecal reduces which insulates the nerve endings.
Dietary fibers makes your stool bulky and easy to move. A diet lacking fiber has the opposite effect.
Processed foods usually have a lot of calories, but very little nutritional value which is why your digestive system has difficulty in getting rid of them.
High fiber foods produces stool which is light and bulky. Low fiber processed foods which easily impact into a sense, hard mass that is difficult to push through the colon. As a result, the overworked muscle of the colon begin to tire and eventually give up altogether and stool movement is halted.
Medications which have been found to cause constipation including antihistamine, antipsychotic, diuretics and non steroidal antiinflammatory drugs.
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