Most people experience constipation, a condition when bowel movements are hard to pass and happen less frequently than normal.
Symptoms of Constipation
- Few bowel movements
- Straining to have a bowel movement
- Hard or small stools
- A sense that you’re not finished
- Belly bloating
How to Prevent Constipation
A common cause of constipation is dehydration. Make sure to drink at least half your body weight in ounces each day. Another trick is to warm the liquids you consume, especially in the morning. Water will work together with the fiber you consume to keep your body regular. Caffeine can be dehydrating, and milk and dairy products can cause constipation. So, if constipation is an issue for you, try cutting back on caffeine and dairy.
Alter you diet.
Plenty of fruits, vegetables, legumes, and whole-grain bread in your diet should help things move along, and prunes and bran cereal could be even more helpful. In the end, a well-balanced diet with plenty of fiber is your healthiest option.
Regular exercise—30 minutes most days of the week—keeps the body in good shape and causes the muscles in your intestines to be more active.
Don’t hold it.
Go to the bathroom when you feel the urge.