When your digestive system isn’t functioning properly—causing difficult or infrequent bowel movements, you might be constipated. Being regular can range from three bowel movements a day to three times a week depending on your age, what you eat and your daily exercise.
Every action has a reaction. Certain diet and lifestyle choices, as well as physiological changes, surgery and medications can trigger constipation. When stools cannot quickly pass through your digestive system, they become hard and dry.
You eat, food travels through your body, you poo. When movement stops or excess water absorbs into the bloodstream, constipation occurs.
There is lots of information about constipation which is confusing, but there are some constipation myths you need to know about.
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