Constipation is a common medical condition in which a person has three or fewer bowel movements per week and hard, dry stools that are difficult to pass. Constipation can cause bloating, abdominal pain, cramping, gas and diarrhea. People who experience chronic constipation often have difficulty maintaining healthy weight because they don’t get enough nutrients from their diet due to the frequency and consistency of their bowel movements. However, there are many steps you can take to alleviate your constipation symptoms and improve your gut health.
Increase fiber in your diet
- Increase fiber in your diet. Fibers are found in fruits, vegetables and whole grains. They help you feel full, which can make it easier to avoid overeating. And because they add bulk to your stool, high-fiber foods also help keep your digestive system healthy.
- Fiber helps lower cholesterol levels by reducing the amount of cholesterol absorbed from food that reaches the intestine (about 20% of dietary cholesterol). Fiber may also reduce blood sugar levels by slowing down absorption of glucose into the bloodstream after a meal.
Drink more water
Drinking more water is a simple way to help your gut health. It also helps with digestion, weight loss, and making …