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Monday, December 12, 2016

The Truth About Chronic Constipation -- and What You Can Do About It!

Man with chronic constipation

Normal bowel movements are different among people, but constipation is considered a health issue. Constipation is when bowel movements are infrequent or difficult to pass. It's considered a health issue because it has been linked to other, more serious health problems.
Causes

Up to 20 percent of the U.S. population experiences constipation. Some of the causes include lack of fiber in the diet; medications such as antidepressants, opioids, antacids, blood pressure medications; dehydration; and other medical conditions such as diabetes and pregnancy.

Complications

Chronic constipation can also create other health problems, including diverticulitis, kidney disease, colorectal and gastric cancer, ischemic colitis, and even Parkinson's disease. This is why chronic constipation needs to be treated soon in order to prevent other, more serious health issues from developing.

What you can do about it

Fortunately, there are many treatments you can try on your own to treat chronic constipation. Foods that will help include leafy greens such as spinach, Swiss chard and kale, avocados, prunes, olives, and just drinking more water. The physical movement of exercise will also help move food through the digestive tract.

These simple life changes can go a long way toward preventing chronic constipation and relieving its symptoms.

Read more about what you can do for chronic constipation by visiting http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2016/12/07/chronic-constipation-health-effects.aspx
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