Relieve Persistent Constipation

Edited by Jonathan, Lynn, Christine dela Cruz, Eng

Persistent constipation, or chronic constipation, is one of the most common digestive complaints in the world. It can make you feel uncomfortable and irritable, and it may even make you unproductive in your work from having to stop and double over when the pain becomes too much to bear. The next time you see a person grimacing in pain and holding his belly, in all probability he is suffering from constipation. Millions of doctor visits later, the millions of chronic constipation sufferers are still asking for solutions to this bothersome digestive problem.

What is persistent constipation?

Persistent constipation, otherwise known as chronic constipation, is manifested in a number of ways. Generally, it is defined as having bowel movements a maximum of only three times a week, for several months, and difficulty in consummation of bowel movements for the sufferer. The manifestations are:

  • Bowel movements that can be counted on your fingers for weeks at a time.
  • Feeling like you want to have a bowel movement, but despite long periods of sitting in the bathroom and waiting, the bowel movement won't occur.
  • The stools you do pass may be hard or formed, small, or they could be a combination of hard, formed, and small stools.

Myths against truths about persistent constipation

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    The myth is if you don't move your bowels every day, it is abnormal
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    The truth is, less than 50 percent of people are able to move their bowels daily.
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    The myth is not that many people are suffering from persistent constipation
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    The truth is up to 20 percent of the world's population suffer from it. And that's hundreds of millions of people.
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    The myth is if you do all the right stuff like drinking lots of clean water, eating fiber-rich food, and indulging in moderate exercise, you will not suffer from persistent constipation
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    The truth is, if you do all these, it will not guarantee freedom from digestive ailments like persistent constipation. Psychological trauma and depression could also trigger it. Childhood issues, marital conflicts, family deaths can make a person severely constipated inspite of a healthy lifestyle. In addition, an inbuilt medical condition like low thyroid hormone levels could cause it.
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    The myth is it is considered chronic or persistent constipation if you have fewer than five bowel movements in a week
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    The truth is, three bowel movements in a week is normal because 95 percent of adults do so between three and 21 times in a week.
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    The myth is that when bowel movements are not frequent, toxins will build up in the intestines and they will cause cancer because they did not get out
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    The truth is that there is no proof that toxins will accumulate in the intestines when there are infrequent bowel movement. There is also no proof that they will cause cancer. However, if all sorts of remedies have been tried out for the persistent constipation, but bowel movements are still not possible, consult your physician. 
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    The myth is that bowel movement frequency increases with age
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    The truth is that when you age, bowel movements become less frequent than before.
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Food that Will Help Relieve Constipation

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    Hot coffee or tea early in the morning
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    Morning is the best time for bowel movement, right before you start your activities for the day. If you are finding it difficult to do it in the morning, having a cup of hot coffee or tea will stimulate your tummy. After a few minutes, you can already feel the urge and it will feel easier to move.
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    Green leafy vegetables
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    These are very rich in fiber. Therefore, if you incorporate these into your diet on a regular basis, you are sure not to have problems later on with bowel movement. Keep in mind, however, that you need to condition yourself in order to see the effects. If you only indulge in fiber very occasionally, you will not necessarily see the immediate effects. You have to built a habit in order for it to be more effective.
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    Lots of water
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    If you are stocking up on fiber in your diet, make sure that you also drink lots of water. If you keep on eating fiber but you don't keep yourself hydrated, that can actually lead to more constipation. This is mainly because it does have enough fluid to help in the movement. Make sure that you are able to consume at least 8 glasses of water everyday. This does not include the colored beverages that you take such as coffee, tea, juice, and the like. 8 glasses have to be pure water. Also, eating foods that are rich in water is good such as cucumber, watermelon, tomatoes, and the like.
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    Fiber supplements
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    If you have a busy lifestyle and you find it difficult to actually think carefully of your diet to ensure that you are taking enough fiber, you may just opt for those fiber supplements which you can buy in the supermarket. You can easily just add a teaspoon of that into your drinks or meals and you will not notice that you are already consuming enough dietary fiber. However, you have to keep in mind that you need to drink as much water as possible when you are taking these fiber supplements. You will get more constipated if you are not having enough water in your body.
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