Lifestyle and Diet Tips for Constipation
What is Constipation?
Constipation is defined as having a bowel movement fewer than three times per week. With constipation, stools are usually hard, dry, small in size and difficult to eliminate. Some people who are constipated find it painful to have a bowel movement and often experience bloody stool, straining and bloating.
What Causes Constipation?
Constipation occurs when the colon absorbs too much water and if the colon’s muscle contractions are too slow. As a result, stools can become hard and dry.
Common causes of constipation are:
- Lack of Fiber in diet
- Digestive Disorders
Diet for Constipation
Improving Your Diet for Control Over Constipation
Many people with constipation can manage their symptoms through a modified diet. You will need to identify which foods trigger your symptoms and eliminate those foods as often as you can.
You may be able to learn new ways of preparing a diet based on what your body can digest properly.
To help you begin identifying foods that may trigger constipation, try eliminating the following:
- Sugary and starchy foods such as pastries, cookies, bread, pasta
These are common sources of inflammation and eliminating these foods will often alleviate your constipation.
Symptoms of Constipation:
- Infrequent bowel movements
- Difficulty during defecation
- The sensation of incomplete bowel evacuation
- Abdominal Pain
- Abdominal Swelling
Constipation is commonly seen with Autoimmune and Digestive disorders because the medication is usually given to help the symptoms, but this is also known to cause Constipation. The following foods are known to “trigger” symptoms of Constipation.
Foods that may cause constipation:
- Gas-producing foods (lentils, beans, legumes, cabbage, and broccoli)
- Dairy Products
- Bananas and Rice
- Fried Foods
Foods that may be regularly eaten in any quantity:
- Ripened Bananas
- White rice
- Fish (broiled or baked-avoid shellfish)
- Chicken Soups (No Cream Soups)
- Fresh Chicken or Turkey
- Cooked vegetables
- English muffin
- Plain Cereals (e.g., Cheerios, Cornflakes,
- Cream of Wheat, Rice Krispies, Special K
- Ripened Banana
- Fruit juices (except prune juice)
- applesauce, apricots, banana (1/2), cantaloupe, canned fruit cocktail, grapes, honeydew melon, peaches, watermelon
- Enriched refined white bread or buns
- Alfalfa sprouts, beets, green/yellow beans, carrots,
- celery, cucumber, eggplant, lettuce, mushrooms,
- green/red peppers, potatoes (peeled), squash, zucchini
- Well-cooked, tender meat, fish, and eggs
- Potatoes (no skin)
- Vegetable juices
- Arrowroot cookies, tea biscuits, soda crackers, plain melba toast
- White Rice
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Treatment for Constipation:
If constipation occurs for more than 2 weeks, your doctor will run tests such as blood tests, stool samples depending on your circumstances your doctor may want to run a colonoscopy.
Colonoscopy: Examines the inside lining of your intestines from a thin, flexible, lighted tube that has a camera inside. Your physician will use the Colonoscope to see inside your lower bowel and to look for any ulcers, polyps, tumors, inflammation and bleeding. Your physician also has the chance to biopsy anything abnormal to make a more accurate diagnosis.
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