Constipation: Causes, What To Eat, How To Cure

Severe Constipation: Causes, Symptoms, How To Cure, What To Eat

Constipation is a difficulty in passing stool. What should you do in case of constipation and what remedies can help get rid of it?

What Is Constipation?

Constipation is a difficulty in passing stool. It can be a chronic or temporary condition. It can be accompanied by bloating or abdominal pain. Constipation is a common condition that affects an average of 20-30% of the population.

Causes Of Constipation

Several factors can lead to temporary constipation such as poor eating habits (a diet too low in fibre), lack of water, high stress or lack of physical activity. Delaying passing stools is also discouraged as it can make the stool harden and make it more difficult to go. Certain diseases such as hypothyroidism, or in more serious cases bowel obstruction or cancer, may be the cause of constipation. Constipation can also be caused by certain drugs, such as some antidepressants, antispasmodics or antihistamines. This is called iatrogenic constipation.

Remedies For Constipation

In case of occasional constipation, it is recommended to modify your diet. For example, you should try to eat more fruits and vegetables containing fibre, such as prunes or kiwis, as well as whole grains. Similarly, you should regularly drink water and avoid drinks that can irritate the colon such as alcohol or coffee. Playing sports also improves intestinal transit. If these remedies are not enough to solve the problem of constipation, your doctor may prescribe laxatives.

• Emma Jensen