RENDON EUROPE LABORATORIES S.L.
Constipation (Latin stringere: squeezing, compressing) is the lack of regular bowel movement, producing a rare or effort, usually hard and low stool defecation. A normal defecation frequency varies from one individual to another, from twice a day to three times a week. It can be considered a disorder if it alters or not life quality.
A constipated person has fewer stools than ussually. The stool is hard, dry and sometimes painful. The person suffering from constipation, expresses the feeling of being bloated.
Although each organism has a regular number of evacuations, a healthy person can defecate smoothly between one to two times a day. It all depends on the foods you eat or how much you exercise, among other factors.
Constipation is not considered a disease, but a symptom with many causes. Anyone can suffer from it (child or adult). In most cases it lasts a short time and is not serious (transient constipation). It is often caused by eating foods low in fiber, lack of exercise, low fluid intake, especially water, delay defecation, travel or stress. It is also common during adolescence due to growth and during pregnancy.
Other causes of constipation related diseases are:
- Colorectal cancer
- Side effect of some medications, such as codeine
- Intestinal diseases such as irritable bowel syndrome
- Neurological problems
- Mental health
The proposed measures to prevent constipation are:
- Diet rich in fiber: It is recommended to eat fruit and vegetables five times a day.
- Drink plenty of fluids (water), at least 1.5 liters a day.
- Meals at the same time, eat slowly and chew well.
- Not contain the defecation desire.
- Clarify quietly unhurried ideal, set a certain time and place.
- Exercising regularly and controlled.
- Avoid consumption of laxatives without the advice of a specialist.
- Eating fermented foods such as yogurt, tempeh, sauerkraut and miso, among others. Or those containing Lactobacillus.