The choice of treatments for constipation will depend on the causes, duration, and the severity of constipation. In most cases, constipation can be relieved and treated by making small changes in diet and lifestyle.
The goal of the treatment is to normalize bowel habits without the use of drugs or laxatives. If your constipation is not relieved by this way, then your physician may prescribe medications or therapies for your condition.
The main key to treat and prevent constipation is eating enough high-fiber diets and drinking enough water. Fiber and water together help keep your stools bulky and soft, making it easier to move through your intestines. A high-fiber diet includes beans, whole-grains bread, bran cereals, fruits, and vegetables such as asparagus, brussels sprouts, cabbage, and carrots. For people who are suffering from constipation, limiting foods that have little or no fiber, such as cheese, meats, ice cream, and processed foods, is also important. If you cannot get enough fiber from those foods, you could taking fiber supplements.
Besides diet changes, making a small lifestyle changes can also help treat and prevent constipation. These changes include:
- Exercise regularly
In addition to improve overall health, regular exercise may help stimulate intestinal activity. Aerobic exercise such as jogging, swimming, running, and cycling are especially helpful to keep your digestive system remain healthier.
- Take the time for bowel movements
Allow time to visit the bathroom in a relaxed way. In addition, never ignore the urge to have a bowel movements.