- Constipation affects about 20-percent of the American population and accounts for 8 million doctor visits per year.
- Luckily, there are simple things you can do at home to get some relief.
- Eating fiber-rich foods, drinking plenty of water, and engaging in regular exercise can all help relieve constipation.
- It’s important to talk to your doctor if you’re suffering from chronic constipation to determine the cause and to make a proper treatment plan.
Constipation can be equally painful and embarrassing. But you should know you’re not alone. About 20-percent of the American population suffers from chronic constipation and accounts for 8 million doctor visits per year. Many factors like your activity levels, eating habits, age, and gender can affect the number of bowel movements you pass each day. However, Healthline notes, it’s abnormal (and possibly a serious concern) if you go three times or fewer per week.
The good news is there are many effective home remedies you can try to help relieve constipation. That said, if you’re suffering from chronic constipation, it’s important to inform your doctor to determine the cause and what you can do about it. In the meantime, try these remedies to get some relief.
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Beans aren’t just good for the old ticker…they also prevent constipation. The reason is that they’re chock full of fiber. Healthline notes that you should “drink lots of water with these foods, as it will further help push your stool through your system.”
Many associate beans and legumes with gas, however, the more you eat them, the less gas you’ll experience. Plus, you can really mix up your dishes with an array of pinto, red, black, lima, navy, or garbanzo beans (also called chickpeas) for a great source of daily fiber.