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What is constipation?

Constipation is a defined as infrequent or difficult bowel movements. The stools are often hard, lumpy, and are difficult to eliminate, causing severe pain and related problems. Constipated persons are vulnerable to other bacterial infections and illnesses.


What are some of the symptoms and signs of constipation?

  • Fewer than three bowel movements a week.
  • Dry, hard, and/or lumpy stools.
  • Stools are excruciating to pass.
  • Stomach cramps or a stomach discomfort
  • Feeling bloated and nauseous.
  • Feeling that one hasn’t completely emptied your bowels after a movement.

What are the main causes of constipation?

  • Stool movement in the colon is slow
  • Irritable bowel syndrome
  • Celiac disease
  • Sudden change in routine, stress, and anxiety, and disturbed sleeping patterns. 


What are the risk factors involved in constipation?

Constipation can cause hemorrhoids, anal fissures, rectal prolapses, and fecal impaction. These conditions are hard to treat and put the body at risk of other life-threatening conditions and anal injuries. 


How constipation be treated?

  • A nutrient and fiber-rich diet
  • High water and fluids intake
  • A workout routine