According to the English Dictionary, Constipation is an act of crowding anything into a lesser compass (like a container), or the state of being crowed or press together.
Medicically, Constipation is a state of the bowels in which vacations are infrequent and difficult. It could also be a condition wherey the intestines became filled with hardened faeces.
Constipation can lead to swollen abdominal or abdominal pain, vomiting, among others. When stool forms, it is formed in the rectum, as large stool gets stock; the rectum is enlarged (stressed) and as more stool forms it moves back into the colon, thus causing abdominal pain and vomiting.
What Really Causes Constipation
Constipation can be a result of a number of things; it varies from individual to individual, just as the effect on the individual varies. Approach to correcting the effect of constipation is never a one direction approach. The following are some of the most common causes of Constipation.
1. Inadequate Water Intake
Water is an essential part of the nutrition and digestive system. It is essential to achieve a balanced diet (nutrition) and key to ensure that the digestive process is easily completed. The right amount of water in the digestive system can be likened to having the right amount of engine oil in our engines, inadequate oil will lead to problems for the machine, so is water. It is advisable to take a substantial amount of water when taking our meals and even after meals. Taking water at the early hours of the day (just out of bed) improves the activity of the bowels and ensures prompt excretion.
2. Inadequate Fiber in The Diet
Fibers are coarse fibrous substance in food largely composed of cellulose. They are found in grains, fruits, and vegetables and they aid digestion. This large indigestible matter is considered to play a role in the prevention of many disease of digestive tract.
3. A Disruption of Regular Diet or Routine
Regular diet – eating at the appropriate time has been argued to be a function of healthy living. The body itself is like a system that understands what happens with it at specific times. There are enzymes in the body thatacts to foods we eat, and as such they act at specific times – so if they do not get what they want at the right time, they act on what is available. Ensure that regular balanced meals become a habit.
4. Inadequate Activity or Exercise or Immobility
Exercise has been proved medically to help keep individuals fit not only in the way they look but also how their internal mechanism functions. However, you should have a good understanding of your body system and the type of exercise that is good for your health. It is advised that you do not go to bed immediately after meals, at least there should be some form of mobility (movement) so the meal can settle down properly in the right places. Inadequate activity is one of the reason constipation is common in older people (since their mobility is limited).
5. Eating Large Amount of Dairy Products
Dairy products such as milk, chocolates, etc. are known to be cause of constipation in people when they have been taken in excess. While they are good for the health in their own respect, care should be taken in how they are consumed.
6. Resisting The Urge for Bowel Movement
Urge for bowel movement could be resistent at times as a result from hemorrhoid (an engorged, dilated and easily having swollen vein in the perianal area often accompanied by intestinal itching and throbbing pain). When this happens, it is advised to see a medical person on necessary advised.
7. Overuse of Laxatives
A laxative (stool softener) could be a drug or any other substance for that matter, which aids digestion and prevents constipation. It does this by promoting bowel movements either by irritating the lower colon or by bulking the stool. However, over dependent on laxative is not advised as it has effects in the long run. It is strongly advised to take precaution on constipation having remedial approach when it's in effect. Overuse of laxative overtime weakens the bowel muscles.
Stress is a common phenomenon that cuts across individuals and whose effect goes beyond the just constipation to more severe health issues. It is strongly advised to live a stress free life as the consequences of not doing so are awful.