Most people believe they are constipated when, in fact, the activity of the digestive tract is normal, the general impression of people is they have to have a stool every day. Typically, the number of stools considered to be within normal ranges from a stool a day or one at two days. Almost every individual could have fewer stools than usual once at a while, but in this case constipation is temporary and not serious.
Understanding the causes of its production, prevention and treatment will help many to find improvement.

To understand what constipation is, we need to explain the action taken by the bowel function (intestines). As aliments move from the small intestine towards the semi-terminal area of the colon, they absorb a lots of liquids to form the stool.

Muscular compression in the colon press the waste towards the rectum. When it gets to the rectum, they are solid for most water has been absorbed. Typical irregular stools occur when the colon assimilate too large quantities of liguid or when the colon’s muscular activity is not fast enough, making feces to remain inside the organism a long time and they are drained of almost all liquid they contain.

Common causes of constipation are:

Not enough intake of fibres in nutrition- Fruits, vegetables and cereals contain large amounts of fibre. Soluble fiber become soft in texture in the intestines, smooth, like jelly. Unsolvable fiber is almost unchanged through the intestines. The amount and texture of the fiber prevents smooth and hard stools that are difficult to eliminate. People who eat more fibre-rich aliments have less chances to become constipated.

Constipation is often provoked by poor diet rich in artificial fiber and fat from dairy products and eggs. The usual quantity that people consume is 5-14 grams of fiber each day, while 20-35 grams is the recommended quantity. Everybody eats too much refined food nowadays and aliments based on natural fibers have been eliminated. When on diet, nourishment usually has a small amount of fiber

Food with too little liquid – Any kind of liquid food Increase fluid level in the colon contents and feces become voluminous, and consiquently soft and facile to eliminate. People that deal with constipation are recommended to consume enough liquids every day – at least 2l. Liquids that contain caffeine have no function but to accelerate the elimination of faeces.

“Loafing” colonic activity may lead to constipation by slowing down intestinal activity. Constipation often occurs after an accident or during an illness.

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