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Natural Solutions For Constipation

John Gray


Constipation is a common gastrointestinal problem. Constipation occurs when bowel movements become difficult or less frequent. The normal length of time between bowel movements ranges widely from person to person. Some people have bowel movements three times a day; others, only one or two times a week. Going longer than three days without a bowel movement is too long.

Constipation can be caused by a bunch of things: poor diet, lack of exercise and stress can all contribute to constipation. Constipation affects about 15 percent of people regularly. A 2002 study also found that Americans spend about $800 million a year on laxatives. However, almost everyone will experience constipation at some point in their lives -- whether it’s brought on by travel stress, unfamiliar surroundings, medication, age or a changing lifestyle and diet.


Fortunately, most cases of constipation are temporary. In most cases, adding a little extra fiber to your diet can help get things moving. Fruits and veggies are good sources for fiber, but some individual foods can help make you more regular than others.

According to the Institute of Medicine, men should consume about 38 grams of fiber a day and women should consume 25. Most Americans fall short, eating only 15 grams or so each day.

Also getting more exercise and drinking more fluids can go a long way toward alleviating constipation. If those don't help, then abdominal massages,
relaxation meditations can help move things along. Constipation may also be treated with many natural supplements.


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