Toileting plays an important role in keeping the body healthy. As a rule, a person needs to have a bowel movement more than three times a week. Some people poop two or three times a day. Constipation occurs when the colon becomes constipated, making it difficult to pass the bowels. A healthy stool consistency should be soft, hard, long and tube-like.
Constipation occurs in all age groups, especially in the elderly. One third of adults over the age of 60 are constipated. There are women who are more susceptible to constipation or chronic constipation, especially women who are pregnant or have recently given birth, and non-Caucasians.
Constipation can be very uncomfortable, but luckily, there are a number of home remedies for constipation that you can try.
What causes constipation?
Constipation can be caused by a variety of issues, and sometimes more than one factor can affect you.
Physical activity is important for regular bowel movements. A lack of exercise or a sedentary lifestyle slows the colon’s ability to move waste. Simple exercise such as brisk walking can improve bowel movements.
A lack of fiber and/or water in your diet can lead to rapid constipation. Most people should drink at least 64 ounces of water per day to prevent dehydration and constipation. Fiber is a healthy component of your diet and can be obtained through a combination of foods and supplements. However, one thing to note about fiber is that consuming a lot of fiber but not enough water to balance it out can make your constipation worse and cause pain. It’s important that you get the recommended amount of water and fiber every day.