Numerous things can provide relief for constipation. Details about the definition of and causes of constipation are found on this page. Some constipation treatments are more natural than others, but most people turn to constipation medications at the first sign of discomfort. However, diet and lifestyle changes should be your first choice when dealing with problems in the digestive system, including problems with regularity.
Diet and lifestyle changes that are usually recommended relief for constipation include:
I can help you with the dietary and lifestyle modifications to improve your constipation problems through nutrition consultations.
The Squatty Potty helps to position the body in the correct position on the toilet for proper elimination without straining. When finished using the bathroom, you simply push it back against the toilet, fitting it like a puzzle piece that stays out of the way.
The Squatty Potty comes in 2 adult heights: 7" and 9", depending on how tall you are. The Squatty Potty website says, "Order the 7" if you are new to squatting. If you are advanced, limber, or have a tall comfort height toilet, get the 9". One reviewer said that if you are over 5'5" tall, get the 7". My suggestion? Get the adjustable one that has both the 7" and 9" heights.
There are also Squatty Potty's for kids (SquattyPottamus), foldable ones for travel, and even ones with motion-detector night lights in them! Don't like the white plastic? There are wooden ones, bamboo ones, a clear one, a pink one, a grey one, and a black one - a style to fit every preference!
If you normally strain at all, or have hemorroids, or just want to be in the most natural position for elimination, the Squatty Potty can help you!
According to the US National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse, approximately $725 million is spent on laxative products each year in America! Laxatives should be used only over the short-term, and only when diet and lifestyle changes aren't effective in relieving constipation. Some constipation medications such as laxatives can become habit-forming so that you cannot have a bowel movement without them because your colon stops working properly. Always read the label carefully and follow the instructions for use.
Laxatives are usually categorized according to type:
Alternative therapies such as homeopathic remedies, yoga, massage, regular exercise and acupuncture may help with constipation.
Find out if probiotics can provide relief for constipation on this page.
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