Bowel movement frequency varies from person to person. Some people will poop up to three times a day while others only do it thrice a week. But if you have less than three bowel movements a week or you are passing hard and dry stool, that’s constipation.
Easy natural tips to relieve constipation
Constipation can occur due to changes in diet, health problems and is also quite common among pregnant women. After birth, some women also have severe constipation that’s usually painful. All the same, there are natural ways you can try to ease constipation.
Here are a few of them:
Regular exercise helps in contracting the intestinal muscles thus speeding up the passage of stool with more ease. Try running, taking a walk, swimming or doing yoga.
2. Drink lots of fluids
Dehydration is one of the major causes of constipation. So drink up to stay hydrated and soften the stool. Remember that you don’t have to drink water to stay hydrated. You can drink juices, eat succulent fruits such as watermelons. Also, studies show that drinking coffee also enhances bowel movements.
3. More fiber
You could be taking fiber but you may want to increase your portions if you are constipated. Fiber not only adds bulk but also the increases the frequency of bowel movements. Some foods rich in fiber include vegetables, fruits, and grains such as beans.
4. Avoid Dairy
Dairy intolerance causes constipation. Try eating other foods rich in Calcium instead of dairy products.
5. Magnesium and Vitamin C
Magnesium deficiency also causes constipation. Foods rich in Magnesium such as bananas will help in softening the stool. Citrus fruits will also help in relieving the symptoms.
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