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What is Constipation?

Constipation is one of the most common digestive problems. It happens most often due to changes in diet or routine, or due to inadequate intake of fiber. You should call your doctor if you have severe pain, blood in your stools, or constipation that lasts longer than three weeks.

Symptoms of Constipation

  • Trouble having a bowel movement.
  • Your stools are difficult or painful to pass.
  • You have a stomach ache or cramps.
  • Hard or small stools.
  • You feel bloated and nauseous.
  • You feel that you haven’t completely emptied your bowels after a movement.
  • Bleeding from the rectum
  • Blood in your stool
  • Persistent abdominal pain
  • Pain in the lower back
  • Vomiting

Causes of Constipation

Causes of Constipation Include:

  • Changes to what you eat or your activities
  • Not enough water or fiber in your diet
  • Eating a lot of dairy products
  • Not being active
  • Resisting the urge to poop
  • Stress, Eating disorders
  • Problems with the nerves and muscles in your digestive system
  • Neurological conditions such as Parkinson’s disease or multiple sclerosis

Constipation

Prevent Constipation

  • Drink two to four extra glasses of water a day.
  • Try warm liquids, especially in the morning.
  • Add fruits and vegetables to your diet.
  • Eat prunes and bran cereal.
  • Exercise most days of the week. When you move your body, the muscles in your intestines are more active, too.
  • Don’t ignore the urge to poop.

Constipation VS Indigestion
Constipation is characterized by small amounts of hard, dry bowel movements usually fever three times a week. In constipation, the feces are retained within the rectum as the bowel movement occurs irregularly. The causes of constipation involve water deficiency, lack of roughage in the diet, spasm of the colon, lack of exercise, emotional stress, and certain drugs, Indigestion is the condition in which the food is not properly digested leading to a feeling of fullness. The cause of indigestion is inadequate enzyme secretion, anxiety, food poisoning, overeating, and spicy food consumption.