Constipation is one of the icky topics that most of us feel uneasy to talk about. Therefore, we suffer with uncomfortable silence and bloated bellies. Finally after being frustrated with the issue, when we decide to see the doctor, the solution to the problem is usually straightforward and been under our control all along.
Dr. Eric Esrailian, co-chief of the Tamar and Vatche Manoukian Decision of Digestive Diseases at the University of California, Los Angeles says that, “For many, it’s too embarrassing to discuss and so they may not bring it up with their doctor until it reaches the point where it’s extremely uncomfortable. They may not even discuss it with family and friends.”
According to Dr. James Reynolds, director of the neurogastroenterology’s and motility at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania says that, “Constipation turns out to be one of the top reasons people show up in the gastroenterologist’s office”. He also said that you should know that the average person’s body want to have one big bowel movement once a day particularly in the morning.”
Esrailian says that, “when things are irregular, people usually do not realize that their symptoms point towards constipation. They will say that I am not constipated, and that I go to bathroom. But if you have to strain and you’re uncomfortable with each bowel movement, you may have underlying constipation”.
Reynolds added that, “many end up with the chronic constipation only because of the misconceptions about the bowels working. He said that frequency does not correlate with how well the system is working. At times there are people who have multiple bowel movement in a day or even they might have conditions that they consider as diarrhea.”
Reynold also said that, “if you’re passing material that looks like rabbit pellets, then you’re constipated, no matter how many times it happens in a day. The bloating that’s making you crazy is just what happens when there’s a backup of waste material in the colon. That backup is also responsible for the loss of appetite.”
Furthermore he said that, “I tell my patients that your colon is like a savings account, so if you’re supposed to pass 300 milliliters a day, but you’re retaining 100 — in a week or two, you’ve got 1½ quarts of excess stool in your colon.”
This all comes down to priorities. What will bring you to the right track is the right exercise, right diet, and last but not the least it is you will to make time for it.
Follow the four simple steps to get rid of the constipation:
Have enough time to take care of your bathroom needs: You must have enough time to take care of your bathroom needs. Reynold suggested that one should do it even if one has to get up early in the morning.
Do not make abrupt changes in the diet: Dr. James Dewar, assistant professor of family medicine at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine said that, “The lower gastrointestinal tract enjoys being bored, that’s why we can become constipated when we go on vacations and live on a different schedule and are trying different foods. We wonder why things are not working and why we feel bloated. Get into a routine and stick with it and things will return to normal.”
Drink plenty of water: Dewar does not suggest the amount of fluid for everybody. He says that, “It should be enough that you are going to the bathroom every two to three hours and passing a decent volume of urine that is the color of a pale lemonade — that’s a sign that you are well hydrated.”
Add fiber in your diet: Reynolds suggests that, “fruits and food that have oats must be taken. Indulge in probiotics. Whether you get it from a pill or from an active culture yogurt, it will make your digestive system happy.”