Keeping your constipation at bay is really about a lifestyle change. But don’t worry, it’s the sum of small steps that can add up to feeling better in the long run. From adding more fibre to your diet, to drinking 6-8 cups of water daily, to giving yourself 30 minutes of active movement a day, you can make a big difference with slight adjustments.
The one constant? Symptoms vary.
You’re not feeling quite right—perhaps it’s a stomach ache, bloating or loss of appetite. Whatever your symptoms, a decrease in bowel movements or straining to pass stools could be signs of occasional constipation.
Common symptoms include:
- Painful, difficult bowel movements
- Dry, hard stools
- Excessive straining when passing stools
- Wind, bloating and abdominal discomfort
- Feeling the need to go again immediately after a bowel movement
- Fewer than 3 bowel movements per week
Did you know?
That 1 in 7 adults are affected by constipation at any one time.
When the outside affects your inside.
Age, lifestyle, diet, and stress all factor into how well (or poorly) your digestive system works.
- As your age increases, so do the chances of experiencing constipation.
- Less active than usual? So is your digestion.
- Medications and surgery can greatly affect your body’s ability to produce a stool.
- Staying properly hydrated keeps things moving along.
Typically, occasional constipation is nothing to worry about, and your natural rhythm will return in a few days. Other times, your digestive system might need a push in the right direction. If your issues continue for over a week or continually return, please consult with your doctor.
Live as nature intended.
Constipation is often the result of food moving slowly through the digestive system. But did you know there are natural remedies to combat it? Below you’ll find tips that are easy to follow, can be done in the comfort of your own home, and will improve your overall health:
Eat a healthy, balanced diet
Aim for 5 fruits and vegetables a day, and try to include whole grains, quinoa, brown rice or sprouted grains in your regular diet.
Exercise 30 minutes
Get your heart rate going because when you move, your bowels do too. You can do aerobic activities such as walking and housework or simply stretch out with yoga.
Drink 6-8 glasses of fluid
Staying hydrated with water, herbal teas and clear soup helps food and waste pass through your gut. Try not to have too many fizzy drinks or too much caffeine or alcohol.