Are you experiencing more than three of these symptoms?
• Few bowel movements in a week
• Straining hard to empty bowels
• Swollen belly/ belly pain
• Feelings of incomplete passage of stools
• Hard and/or small stools
• Dizziness, headaches and frequent tiredness.
If yes, then you may be constipated.
Constipation is medically defined as having less than three bowel movements in a week and severe constipation as when the bowel movement is less than one in a week. Frequent bowel movements are necessary for overall health and wellbeing, thus, constipation should not be taken lightly. If you are constipated, then you need to closely examine your lifestyle. A close examination would enable you discover what is wrong and thus help you make the necessary adjustments you need to.
The following are some of the factors that could be responsible for your being constipated:
• You do not take enough water
• You live a sedentary lifestyle, you are mostly physically inactive
• You do not take enough fruits and vegetables
• You overuse laxatives
• You’ve developed the habit of frequently resist the urge to empty your bowels.
What then should you do to treat constipation? Here are simple ways you could treat constipation at home
• Take a glass of warm water in the morning before breakfast
• Include enough fruits like bananas, apples, oranges, avocados and pears) and vegetables like spinach, lettuce, cabbage daily in your diet
• Drink twice as much water you take in a day
• Engage in physical activities
• Eat more of home-cooked meals, in smaller proportions and less of processed foods and junks
If after these lifestyle adjustments, you are still constipated, then you need to see a doctor.