It is the irregular and infrequent or difficult evacuation of the bowel; it can be a symptom of intestinal obstruction or diverticulitis.

It is no news that during this festive period that there will be a lot to eat and drink. As a result of that, most people will be tempted to eat more than what their stomach system can actually handle. Due to overeating, “some lucky ones” find themselves ending up in the toilet more than normal while “some not so lucky ones” will have difficulty using the toilet. The difficulty in evacuating your bowel is called constipation. Constipation is not something to be embarrassed about, and if you’ve had it (and we all have) than you understand that it is no laughing matter-in fact it can be downright debilitating.

So if you fall within the category of having difficulty evacuating your bowel, the following tips will help you out.

  1. The first major thing to do is to drink more water. The more water you take the easier it is for the stool to come out. Try to avoid caffeinated and alcoholic beverages while you’re experiencing constipation. Caffeinated beverages like coffee and sodas, as well as alcohol, are diuretics. Diuretic dehydrate your body by causing fluid loss through increased urination. This may make constipation worse.
  2. Take olive oil, it stimulates your digestive system which helps things moving through the colon. Take it in the morning on an empty stomach, it works best that way.
  3. Take fresh lemon. The citric acid in lemon juice acts as a stimulant for your digestive system, and can also help flush out toxins and undigested material that may have built up along the walls of the colon. Mixing the juice with water not only lessens the intensity of the lemon flavor, but helps get you the fluids you need to get everything moving normally again. This is achieved by squeezing the lemon in a cup of warm water and take them daily.
  4. Exercise regularly. A lack of exercise may cause weakness in your intestines, making it hard to pass waste regularly. Exercise like Walking, swimming, jogging, and yoga are all great options. Even 10-15 minutes of exercise a day can help your body stay regular also it will help your bowel to also move.
  5. Eat more fiber like vegetables, fruits, beans. Fiber is a natural laxative. It increases the water content of your stool and helps bulk it up. This will help your bowel movement move more quickly and smoothly through your colon.


Written by

Temitope Ikusika.


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