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- Not chewing well enough-You may be surprised to learn that how well you chew your food will determine how easily it passes through your body. You need to chew your food well in order to break it down for your stomach and allow the nutrients to be absorbed. When your food has not been chewed enough it makes it a lot harder to pass it through your system.
- Not having enough fiber-This is problem for many people. The fiber is what absorbs water while the food is passing through the colon. Fiber is what makes it easy for the entire waste removal process of the body to function. When there is not enough fiber in the body the colon will create much harder stools which in turn will make defection harder to do.
- Not having enough water-Many people are surprised to learn that the human body is made up of nearly 70% water. However, the less water that you take in the less you will have in your system. Because of this deficit the colon will absorb water from the stools in your body in order to make up the difference. This can in turn lead to constipation.
- An inability to move stool through the rectum-The patient may feel that they just cannot move their stools despite continued pushing.
- An overwhelming urge to defecate-Because of the continued buildup of stool the patient with constipation may feel an almost constant urge to defecate.
- An abdominal pain that ranges from mild to serious-While the colon is trying to deal with the backup of stool many patients report abdominal pain that can be anything from mild to severe.
- Diet and lifestyle changes-This can include eating more fiber, drinking more water, getting regular exercise and taking time for regular bowel movements.
- Laxatives-These types of medications can be habit forming so it is important that these are considered only when diet and lifestyle change are not working.
- Other medications-These medications are usually only prescribed when diet and lifestyle changes along with the use of laxatives are not working. Your doctor will determine what type of medication is right for you.
- Procedures-There is a variety of procedures(both surgical and non-surgical), that can be tried should the above listed treatment options not be successful. Keep in mind that these are usually only done as a last resort.
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