Overcoming Constipation

What is Constipation? 

Constipation is the difficulty of emptying the bowels, usually associated with hardened feces. It is a slower-than-normal movement of stool through the digestive tract. Producing fewer-than-normal bowel movements is also a sign of constipation. Constipation affects up to 20% of adult Americans. It occurs so frequently that it accounts for 2.5 million doctor visits every year, and people spend over $800 million on over-the-counter laxatives every year. But there are so many better, cheaper ways to help your bowels go smoother. 

Causes of Constipation 

There are a lot of things that could be causing constipation. It's good to know what the cause could be so that you can better prevent constipation from happening again. 

  • Low Fiber Diet
  • Unhealthy Gut
  • Processed Foods
  • Refined Carbs
  • Dehydration
  • Emotional Stress
  • Inactivity
  • Poor Sleep
  • Bacteria
  • Hormone Problems
  • Magnesium Deficiency
  • Bad Bathroom Habits
  • Certain Medications

Natural Remedies 

  1. Eat the right food.
    • high-fiber foods like raw fruits, vegetables, beans, seeds, and nuts.
    • green leafy veggies
    • prunes and figs
    • warm liquids
    • water
  2. Avoid the bad foods.
    • processed food like cheese, chips, and ice cream
    • ultra-processed foods like frozen pizza, snack cakes, and cereal
    • fried foods
    • alcohol
    • pasteurized dairy
    • caffeine
  3. Take Supplements.