Constipation is an irregularity of bowel movements, specifically when stool becomes hard and difficult to pass. Occasional constipation is common and normal, though attention should be paid to constipation when it occurs regularly.
Have you checked your diet recently? A lack in fiber is a major cause of diet-based cases of constipation, since fiber increases stool size and retains water. Fiber also supports healthy bacteria necessary for regular bowel movements. As with so many functions in our body, digestion requires that we are hydrated to function properly. The well-known baseline for daily water consumption is 8 cups a day, though this varies from person to person based on activity levels. The slightest bit of dehydration can have severe consequences on our digestive system, so be sure to drink plenty of water.
Treatment for occasional constipation exists, although the alteration of an individual’s diet can be enough to return the body to regular bowel movements. Both prescription and over the counter medical remedies exist and may be prescribed by your doctor. The underlying cause of constipation will dictate what treatment is suggested, although in certain cases there is no root cause for it.
Even though occasional constipation is normal, some simple lifestyle eating and drinking changes can go a long way to improve your body’s digestive function. If your constipation is a frequent occurrence, you should visit a gastroenterologist to evaluate your digestive system’s health. Downriver Gastroenterology of Woodhaven, MI has the expertise to treat your GI problems. To learn more about our comprehensive care, visit us on the web or give us a call at (743) MY-COLON.