Topic: What's causing constipation?
May 25, 2019 / By Britton Question:
one day I'm fine and doing great. Suddenly, the next day I'm having trouble with constipation. I know it's not a pleasant thing to ask but I was wondering how it suddenly happen. I haven't changed my diet or anything or eaten or drank anything unusual. I was fine then suddenly I'm not and I can't remember what I have changed to make this happen? I also noticed that I had a little bit of gas and I think that's what caused it but not sure what happened if I haven't changed anything.
Aidan | 5 days ago
To understand constipation, it helps to know how the colon, or large intestine, works. As food moves through the colon, the colon absorbs water from the food while it forms waste products, or stool. Muscle contractions in the colon then push the stool toward the rectum. By the time stool reaches the rectum it is solid, because most of the water has been absorbed.
Constipation occurs when the colon absorbs too much water or if the colon’s muscle contractions are slow or sluggish, causing the stool to move through the colon too slowly. As a result, stools can become hard and dry. Common causes of constipation are
not enough fiber in the diet
lack of physical activity (especially in the elderly)
irritable bowel syndrome
changes in life or routine such as pregnancy, aging, and travel
abuse of laxatives
ignoring the urge to have a bowel movement
specific diseases or conditions, such as stroke (most common)
problems with the colon and rectum
problems with intestinal function (chronic idiopathic constipation)
People who eat a high-fiber diet are less likely to become constipated. The most common causes of constipation are a diet low in fiber or a diet high in fats, such as cheese, eggs, and meats.
Fiber—both soluble and insoluble—is the part of fruits, vegetables, and grains that the body cannot digest. Soluble fiber dissolves easily in water and takes on a soft, gel-like texture in the intestines. Insoluble fiber passes through the intestines almost unchanged. The bulk and soft texture of fiber help prevent hard, dry stools that are difficult to pass.
Americans eat an average of 5 to 14 grams of fiber daily,* which is short of the 20 to 35 grams recommended by the American Dietetic Association. Both children and adults often eat too many refined and processed foods from which the natural fiber has been removed.
A low-fiber diet also plays a key role in constipation among older adults, who may lose interest in eating and choose foods that are quick to make or buy, such as fast foods, or prepared foods, both of which are usually low in fiber. Also, difficulties with chewing or swallowing may cause older people to eat soft foods that are processed and low in fiber.
Well, ask your drug retailer for regular colace. thats a stool softner, take two and a significant glass of water. Use it in the beginning signal of constipation. Which for me is whilst I am now not consuming fiber (end result,vegtables) quite often junk meals has no fiber, after which now not consuming water and being a sofa potato clogs your procedure in conjunction with aging. Diareha is a viral going down--take peptobismal pills two, then lay off any highly spiced meals. This pill creates a coating round your spincter and forestalls the urge to head always. Usely its a flu factor.
I wish I had more info to help you find the problem but I can tell you some tips to avoid this problem. Move...the more you walk the better things will move. Increase fluids....that always helps. If need be take a stool softener, you can get them over the counter. But be careful not to over use them. The softener pulls water into the bowel to help with the problem so if your not taking in enough fluids it may hurt more than help. So moral of the story is DRINK MORE WATER. That will help!