Constipation is something that, for many of us, is a part of life. When we’re not working hard at avoiding it, we’re doing what we can to get rid of it!
The way to do this is not as straightforward as it may seem. For some more fiber is the answer, while for others it’s cutting out wheat products. Still others swear by a good, strong cup of coffee every morning!
Then there are those who can’t understand what all the fuss is about. They’ve never either never suffered from constipation in their lives, or perhaps they’ve only experienced it briefly during a vacation or after surgery. We try not to hate them!
If you’re suffering from constipation you’re not alone. More people are having trouble with regularity today than ever before. For some it’s a rare occurrence due to a change in routine, illness or dietary disruption, while for others it’s an ongoing concern.
Constipation is a condition which, although not usually serious, is often very awkward, frustrating and downright worrying. In more severe cases it can even be very painful.
If you suffer from ongoing constipation it’s important to understand what causes it, what can be done to avoid it and which symptoms to be on the lookout for so that you can take action while your constipation is still in the early stages.
The first thing you’ll usually hear, or read, is that you need to add more fiber to your diet! And, indeed, this does seem to form the foundation of a constipation free life.
But from here the advice and counsel your receive varies widely. Do you need to take regular enemas? Are you sitting properly? Are laxatives safe to use every other day? What about during pregnancy, or for children and babies.
Yes, it’s a bit more complicated than just adding more fiber to your diet!
Getting rid of constipation, and keeping it at bay, is something that you need to figure out for yourself. What works for someone else is not guaranteed to work for you.
We’ve attempted to gather enough information in this blog to show the wide range of ways available to both deal with, and to avoid, constipation.