One of the main causes of constipation is unhealthy diet low in fiber. Not drinking enough water is also another cause of constipation. You should drink 6 to 8 cups of water per day depending on your diet and your activity level. Dietary fiber is crucial for preventing constipation because it increases bowel movement and prevents the large intestine (colon) from absorbing too much water. When your bowel movement is slow, more water gets absorbed and your feces become hard. Slow bowel movement can lead to chronic constipation which increases your chance of developing colon cancer.
The large intestine is where most of the stools are prepare for excretion. Because of this, it is the area that contains the most toxins. The faster your body can get rid of stools, the less chance you will develop digestive disorders. This is when dietary fiber becomes really important. There are two types of fiber, soluble and insoluble fiber. When soluble fiber is combined with water in the body, it becomes gel-like. Insoluble fiber is the opposite and passes through the body almost unchanged. Insoluble fiber increases bowel movement by helping the stool retain more water. These features are the reasons why dietary fiber is effective as a treatment for constipation.
If you don’t use the toilet to expel stools at least once a day, you are increasing your chance of developing bowel disorders. Being constipated also increases your chance of developing hemorrhoids, the main cause of rectal bleeding. By adding more dietary fiber into your diet, hemorrhoids and constipation will become problems of the past. Organic fruit and vegetable are the best sources of fiber. By adding more fruit and vegetable in your diet, you will notice an increase of bowel movement. Don’t be surprise if you end up using the toilet 2 or 3 times a day during the first week of your diet change. This is normal because your body is detoxifying itself. After the cleansing, your bowel movement should slow down.
Constipation causes and treatments:
- Avoid junk food
- Avoid fast food
- Eat more fruit and vegetable (uncooked)
- Eat food high in dietary fiber
- Drink 6 to 8 cups of water per day
- Avoid drinking milk, drink organic juice instead
- Exercise 2 to 3 times per week
- Avoid taking too much medication
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