Constipation Relief - 5 Easy Tips to Help You Stay Regular
Oh, how I wish I could go.
Let’s face it. We’ve all said it or thought it at some point in our lives. Constipation is a fact of life that we’d rather do without, but it’s as common as the rising and setting sun. According to the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, nearly 20% of American adults have symptoms of this uncomfortable malady. And the number is even higher for adults 60 and older.
If you’re experiencing symptoms such as stools that are hard, dry or lumpy, or difficult to pass, you are likely among the brave, the many, and the constipated. Further signs of trouble include a feeling that your stool hasn’t completely passed, or a reduction in the number of stools you produce weekly.
There are many potential causes of irregularity. Maybe you aren’t consuming enough fiber in your diet. You might be dehydrated or not getting enough exercise. There might be a medicine or dietary supplement affecting your digestive balance. There could be a medical condition at play. It’s possible a combination of these and other factors are making it hard for you to go.
The good news is, constipation is as old as humanity, and across the centuries, we’ve learned a thing or two about how to relieve the symptoms and return to normal.
Here are five tips on how you can feel better today.
Let’s Get Physical
To get things moving downstairs, try increasing your overall physical activity. Take a walk each day. Go for a bike ride. Do some jumping jacks! Lethargy is a close personal friend of constipation. They are like the two kids cutting up in the classroom who should definitely be separated. Get moving and you might see a natural reduction in your bowel problems.
Timing is Everything
We’ve all heard that the body has its own internal clock. The same is true of your bowels. Getting your digestive system on a schedule can make a huge difference in keeping constipation at bay. Training your bowels to produce at the same time every day, such as after breakfast, is easy, natural and can be very effective.
You Might Have a Drinking Problem
Are you dehydrated? The US National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine say that men should be taking in about 15 cups of fluids every day, and women should get about 11 cups a day. Keeping your body well-hydrated will support a healthy digestive system, and it’s an easy way to keep constipation away.
You Are What You Eat
Making adjustments to your diet can help alleviate constipation problems. If you’re a fan of things like chips, snacks, fast food, or highly processed foods, you could be asking for trouble. All of these dietary choices can contribute to irregularity. To prevent or ease constipation, make sure you are consuming healthy foods with lots of fiber. Examples include whole grains, legumes, fresh fruit, veggies and nuts.
A Little Extra Help
If lifestyle and dietary measures don’t relieve your constipation, over-the-counter and prescription medications, such as stool softener, may be effective. Talk with your doctor about the best options for you. There are also gut health supplements like Klora's Gut-Renew and Bloat-Digest that can support gut health and bowel happiness!
Regardless of what caused your bowel to bind up, you can take measures to feel better and get back to enjoying life. These tips are worth trying to ease your discomfort and get regular!