Constipation affects everyone differently. This is because 'normal' bowel habits differ from person to - for some, passing a stool twice a day is completely normal, while for others, three times a week is the norm. For this reason, changes from your 'normal' habit can be the best way to tell whether or not you are constipated.
After food is digested in the stomach and the nutrients absorbed in the intestines, the remains pass down the colon, where they are transformed into faeces. If they remain in the colon too long, they can dry out and harden, resulting in hard stools that are difficult to pass. This can be caused by:
Also, some medications or other factors can cause constipation. You should consult your GP if this is the case, if you suffer from constipation for a prolonged period of time, if there is blood in your stools, or if you also experience sudden weight loss or severe stomach pain when you have constipation.
If you suffer from constipation on a regular basis, here is a useful list of guidelines you can follow:
There are also medications available to treat constipation, such as Molaxole. See your pharmacist or doctor for further advice. Constipation medications should be used in combination with a long-term natural constipation remedy plan to avoid unnecessary suffering in the future. This includes a well-planned, fibre-rich diet and regular exercise.