How to Prevent Constipation

Posted by Lakshmi Gopal on Thu, Aug 4, 2011  
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Constipation is a result of bad colon and rectal health. Unhealthy bowel movements are the product of bad lifestyle choices. Eating the right kind of food, exercising moderately, and maintaining good colon and rectum hygiene help comfortable bowel movements in the long run.

Here’s how to prevent constipation

Avoid stress: Bowel movements and colon health are intricately tied to emotional states like feeling calm or anxious. This is because your autonomic nervous system is regulated involuntarily and is intertwined with your emotional health.

Do not suppress the urge to go: One must go to the toilet whenever nature calls. Do not put it off for the next time when you experience pressure.

Do not eat too little or between meals: Eating sporadically or eating meals that are too small to help mass peristalsis causes constipation.

Vitamin A deficiency: Lack of a healthy intestinal lining that is capable of producing enough mucous to properly lubricate your stools (cased by vitamin A deficiency) is a potential cause of constipation.

Drink sufficient water and eat fiber-rich foods: Insufficient intake of water, water-rich foods, and fiber-rich foods lead to constipation.

Avoid anal intercourse: The anus is designed to be an exit, not an entry point. Repeated anal intercourse causes a loss in anal sphincter tone and incontinence issues. Anal intercourse injures the mucosal lining and repeated injury and healing of this area increases the risk of polyps and colorectal cancer.

Vitamin D deficiency: Lack of vitamin D increases the risk of developing all types of cancer, including colorectal cancer.

Consume healthy fats: Healthy foods that are rich in healthy fats include avocados, organic eggs, olives, extra-virgin olive oil, coconut oil, coconuts, raw nuts, raw seeds, and cold-water fish.

Go for a brisk walk daily: Walking fast for 45 minutes to 1 hour does wonders to bowel movements. Setting aside some time everyday for a brisk walk ensures a constipation-free life.


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