Constipation occurs when bowel movements become difficult or less frequent. The normal length of time between bowel movements ranges widely from person to person.
Some people have bowel movements three times a day; others, only one or two times a week. Going longer than three days without a bowel movement is too long. After three days, the stool or feces become harder and more difficult to pass.
Symptons of Constipation
Straining during a bowel movement more than 25% of the time
- Hard stools more than 25% of the time
- Incomplete evacuation more than 25% of the time
- Two or fewer bowel movements in a week
Causes of Constipation
Constipation is usually caused by a disorder of bowel function rather than a structural problem. Common causes of constipation include:
- Inadequate water intake.
- Inadequate fiber in the diet.
- A disruption of regular diet or routine; traveling.
- Inadequate activity or exercise or immobility.
- Eating large amounts of dairy products.
- Resisting the urge to have a bowel movement.
- Antacid medicines containing calcium or aluminum.
- Medicines (especially strong pain medicines) .
- Eating disorders.
Tips and Diet:-
Have 6 to 8 glasses of water daily .
Take fibrous food .
Do regular exercises at least walk for 20 to 25 minutes .
Do not resist the urge to have bowel .
Have a glass of luck warm water at bed time.
Have a tomato early in the morning .