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Constant Feeling of Constipation

Updated on May 26, 2010

Constant Feeling of Constipation

 

Are you constantly feeling constipated? Have you tried and tried to “go” but nothing comes out? If you have a constant feeling of being constipated, then here are a few of the common reasons why. I know you’ve heard that the number one cause of constipation is dehydration. It is true. Our bodies are made up of about 80% water. What this means is that every organ and system of our bodies need water to function properly. The digestive system is first responsible for breaking the foods that we eat, down. How does it do this? It does this with our saliva glands. Saliva glands produce saliva. Saliva works to moisten food as we eat so that it breaks down into small particles as we chew. Then there are the smooth muscles throughout out digestive tract that are used to further break down the foods and help to move it along the system. Well before we go any further you can see why water is so important. If you are dehydrated you will not produce enough saliva in the beginning process of chewing. If you don’t produce enough saliva, your food will not be broken down enough for a smooth journey throughout the entire tract. As the food moves through your system more and more juices are needed to push and break down the food. If you are not properly dehydrated then by the time the food makes it to your colon, it has not been broken down far enough for it to pass through. If that be the case, then it is possible for bile to pile up in your system creating the pressure on your lower abdomen that creates the feeling of constipation. The second most common reason for constipation is diet alone. Eating the wrong foods and absence of the right foods is a sure fire way to clog up your system. Your body needs 20-35 grams of fiber per day that comes to about 7-8 servings of fruits and vegetables per day. Start eating fresh fruits, fresh vegetables and whole grains everyday.

Constant Feeling of Constipation

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Constant Feeling of Constipation

 

Another huge cause of the feeling of constipation is stress. I know it seems like you can blame stress for almost every problem plaguing our bodies today but its for real. If you are stress there is a possibility that the muscles in your body are tense, guess what, your rectum is…that’s right a muscle. Some people have reported shooting bowel movements during a panic attack, this means that the two can definitely be related. There are two basic types of constipation, chronic and acute. If you have chronic constipation then you should definitely see your doctor for an exam and consultation. With his instructions and or prescriptions, I’m almost certain he will tell you to exercise. Exercise, especially lower body exercises stimulate your colon’s squeezing reflex and is another sure fire way to get things moving in the opposite direction of a constant feeling of constipation. An acute constant feeling of constipation can be treated at home first but if it feels more serious than an occasional bout, see your doctor immediately.

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