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Are you one of many women who complain of constipation? Irregular bowel movements or constipation can be a very irritating complaint to deal with and is one of the most common conditions associated with the digestive system.
Constipation is defined as having a bowel movement less than three times a week, often painful and accompanied by straining, bloating and the sensation of a full bowel. If you feel the same way when you don’t have a bowel movement everyday, you could be suffering from constipation.
You should be aware that there is no ‘right’ number of bowel movements. Normal passing of stools can occur three times a day or three times a week, depending on your system. It all depends on contributing factors that include the food that you eat and how much you exercise. Every one experiences being constipated at some point in life due largely to a poor diet. Though it is usually temporary and not serious, understanding what causes constipation can help you take steps to prevent it.
What causes constipation
Constipation occurs when too much water is absorbed by the colon or when your colon's muscle contractions are slow, causing the stool to move slowly. As a result, stools can become hard and dry.
The main causes of constipation can be attributed to a variety of factors including:
How you can prevent it
Dietary and lifestyle changes such as what you eat, drink and how much you exercise will help relieve and prevent constipation. Here are a few steps that you can take:
Good to know
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