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Act Fast To Get Rid Of Constipation

Jun 17, 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.

Choosing what you eat is important. If you've noticed you're experiencing an increase in constipation, you may be eating a diet too high in fat or sugar. You may want to increase your fiber intake by using a supplement or adding more vegetables to each meal.

Proper hydration is a vital component of maintaining a healthy digestive system and avoiding fecal impaction. Remember, coffee and sodas don't properly hydrate. The main purpose of the digestive process is the increase of nutrients and the reduction of bodily waste. Thus, if you increase your fiber levels you must consequently increase your water consumption to avoid clogging your intestines.

For those who eat by the book, vitamins may be the reason for constipation. Vitamins, even when used properly, can cause constipation. Iron supplements are among the most notorious.

Some choose to undergo a colon cleanse to stop constipation. However, it's not something to undergo without first consulting your doctor. Your doctor may rather you try to drink a glass of prune juice after every meal, instead of opting for a traditional colon cleanse.

A child who is constipated should be carefully looked upon by the parents. Fecal impaction should be avoided by careful observation and action. Often parents can easily look back over the child's diet and backtrack to find a change and cause of constipation.

If nothing has changed, you may wish to take a small child to the pediatrician for further examination. Small children are notorious for swallowing a plethora of items and one or more have become lodged in the child's intestinal tract. Left untreated the obstruction could become life threatening and since a simple x-ray will quickly prove or disprove this theory, it is well worth the expense.
About the Author
Mark Washington is a freelance writer who specializes in the research associated with finding a natural constipation cure and colon cleansing.
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