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Temporary Constipation Needs Immediate Constipation Treatment

Jun 6, 2008
Constipation is often part of living a fast paced lifestyle with many healthy - and some not so healthy - food choices available. It is not at all unusual for an average person to now and then suffer from temporary bouts of constipation. Unfortunately, there is a chance temporary constipation may turn into a condition of chronic fecal impaction, which requires decisive action to forestall any systemic far reaching consequences.

When seeking to counteract fecal impaction and temporary constipation, it is wise to begin with an examination of eating habits. While many Americans are now trying harder to eat healthy and ideal food options are readily available, there is a good chance that it might not necessarily be what you eat. Instead, the focus might be more on how you eat it. Remember, digestion actually begins in the mouth where proper masticating permits enzymes to begin the breakdown of nutrients. Therefore, rather than virtually "inhaling" food, it is crucial to take the time to chew.

Of course, food choices are just as critical. If constipation is more frequent than you'd like, you may have drifted toward a diet too rich in either fat or sugar. In this case, changes are in order. What may be lacking is fiber and you'll be wise to either supplement your fiber intake or add more veggies to your meals.

Another vital component of digestive health and avoidance of constipation and fecal impaction is proper hydration. Soda and coffee do not count as hydrating liquids. Remember, the goal of the digestive process is the uptake of nutrients and the elimination of waste. But, if you increase your fiber intake and don't also increase your water intake, you are bound to literally clog up your lower intestines.

Those individuals who are doing everything right as far as nutrition is concerned will need to take a look at their vitamin intake. Some vitamins may actually cause constipation, even if they are dosed correctly. Perhaps the most well known culprits are iron supplements.

A colon cleanse is another way to further thwart constipation or fecal impaction. A colon cleanse is not appropriate for everyone however, especially if you have pre-existing medical conditions. If your doctor advises you against cleansing your colon, they may instead tell you to drink prune juice after every meal.

Children who show signs of constipation should be watched closely by parents. Fecal impaction should not be allowed to develop. Parents can think about the time constipation started and examine their child's eating from that point on to target a possible dietary cause of the constipation.

Children who are often constipated should see a pediatrician. Sometimes kids will swallow tiny toys and other objects, causing an obstruction. If an obstruction is not recognized the situation could become life threatening. A quick x-ray can show whether there is an obstruction or not.
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Mark Washington a master researcher, writes frequently about the various forms of natural constipation cure.
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