How to Prevent Constipation
Here’s another one on tummy troubles. If you are having problems going number 2 (if the bad stuff just doesn’t want to be purged), you may be suffering from constipation. Lack of exercise and a low in fiber diet cause difficult or infrequent bowel movements that could be as rare as less than three times a week. Again, we emphasize that there’s probably nothing better than consulting with your doctor. But in any case, here are some tips on aiding you with your problem.
Drink lots of water. Drinking at least eight, 8-ounces of water in a day softens up your “stuff.” It also helps facilitate the movement of fiber in your digestive track. Bowel movement becomes easier and more comfortable for you.
Have a diet rich in fiber. Getting at least 20 to 35 grams of fiber a day is good for your body and prevents you from being constipated. Rich in fiber foods include beans, high-fiber breakfast cereals (the kind with 8 to 10 grams per serving) fresh fruits (get two cups a day), and vegetables (get 2 ½ cups a day). Adjust to this high-in-fiber diet slowly to give your body enough time to get used to it so you can adopt it in your lifestyle completely.
Exercise. Having a regular physical activity keeps your body in top shape. Do exercise at least 30 minutes for three days every week.
Over-the-Counter Drugs: But make sure you don’t have an allergic reaction to these drugs.
Laxatives help you get a more comfortable bowel movement. Know the different types of laxatives you can get from the drugstore but it’s best to get a prescription first before taking anything in.
Know when to consult with your doctor: See a doctor when the symptoms become severe, or if your constipation last longer than two weeks or if it already results in hemorrhoids.
July 30, 2007 Monday at 5:14 am