Effects of constipation and what you need to know

Funom Makama By Funom Makama, 22nd Oct 2011 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/1dd3fn_d/
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About $725 million is spent on laxative products each year in America to treat constipated patients, even if no other statistics is mentioned from other regions of the world, this one should be sufficient enough to indicate a need to guide against it.


People complain of a feeling of incomplete emptying after a bowel movement, while others suffer from difficulty in passing out stools; others say their stools are too hard. So what actually is constipation?

In medical terms, constipation is the passing of stool fewer than three bowel movements per week and if severe, in a week, it could be less than one bowel movement. Constipation occurs when the large intestine absorbs excessive water from food while becoming stool or also weak colon contracting to move the stool away from the other parts of the alimentary canal towards the rectum.

Acute constipation has more devastating symptoms than chronic because it is in most cases secondary to some diseases of the colon. Symptoms such as vomiting, nausea, rectal bleeding, abdominal pain etc. chronic constipation is almost asymptomatic, only that sometimes is not comforting to the patient.

There are so many causes of constipation but they can be divided into 2; The primary causes due to our habits to nutrition or physiological conditions or problems with the colon. These causes are as follows:

• Improper use of laxatives
• Physiologic changes of the body such as pregnancy, travel and ageing
• Dehydration
• Some medications
• Insufficient fiber in diet
• No physical activity
• Milk intake
• Irritable bowel syndrome
• Problems with intestinal function (chronic idiopathic constipation)
• Problems with the large intestine

Some specific diseases can instigate constipation and they are as follows.
• Systemic disorders which includes Lupus, Scleroderma and amyloidosis
• Metabolic and endocrine conditions which include uremia, hypothyroidism, diabetes, hypercalcemia and poor glycemic control.
• Neurological disorders such as multiple sclerosis, spinal cord, Injuries, stroke, parkinson's disease and chronic idiopathic intestinal pseudo-obstruction.


The relief for constipation is numerous and the best way to know which method to use is to know the origin or cause of it. Here are some examples.
• Enemas, Lubricants laxatives, exercise, emollient laxatives (stool softeners), saline laxatives, stimulant laxatives, combination of drugs, dietary fiber (bulk forming laxatives) etc.

Here are some examples of the dietary fiber or bulk-forming laxatives;
• Bread, cereals and Beans. Black-eye peas, Kidney bananas, lima beans, cold whole-grain cereal(All-bran, total bran, flakes), hot whole grain, cereal (Oatmeal. Wheat) etc.
• Vegetables. Acorn, squash, broccoli, zucchini, spinach, carrots, Brussels, sprouts, cabbage, etc.
• Fruits. Prunes, apples, peaches, oranges, pears, tangerines, raspberries etc.

Preventive and treatment therapy is mostly about adjustment of your nutritive and active life style because constipation, if not for secondary causes, can be avoided with ease.

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author avatar Retired
22nd Oct 2011 (#)

Very informative....thanks for sharing....

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author avatar Retired
22nd Oct 2011 (#)

Very informative and well penned. Thanks for sharing.

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author avatar Funom Makama
22nd Oct 2011 (#)

thanks for the comments. I do appreciate them all.

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author avatar Lambasted
3rd Nov 2011 (#)

Very educating..

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author avatar Funom Makama
3rd Nov 2011 (#)

thanks alot

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author avatar Sheila Newton
26th Feb 2012 (#)

Love this funom. I found this on RedGage! How strange that we're friends there too. Didn't equate one name with the other.
Back to the article - love the images you use. And your writing is gorgeous as ever.

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author avatar Funom Makama
26th Feb 2012 (#)

thanks a lot Sheila

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2nd Mar 2012 (#)


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author avatar Funom Makama
3rd Mar 2012 (#)

thanks and welcome to wikinut

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