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14 Constipation Remedies & Treatments

Constipation is one of the widespread problems. It’s believed that constipation affects about 1 out of every 5 Americans, which means doctors get about 8 million visits annually.

This common health issue can be as a result of your lifestyle choices, diseases, the food you avoid or eat, or disease. However, those dealing with chronic constipation, also called chronic idiopathic constipation, maybe due to some lurking causes, which is often unknown. It’s attributed to having bowel movements up to three times per week. Sadly, low bowel movements can result in other disturbing symptoms, including abdominal pain and bloating, since the stools are dry, hard and challenging to pass.

That’s not all your quality of life, mental and physical health may suffer serious negative effect due to constipation. Fortunately, there’s a couple of remedies and treatment options to help relieve constipation and improve your overall health quality.

Drink a lot of Water

Dehydration is one of the common causes of constipation. As such, it’s essential that you drink enough water every day to stay hydrated, which prevents having constipation in the first place.

Further, for those currently constipated, you can drink more carbonated water for rehydration and relief. Some studies showed that sparkling (carbonated) water helps relieve constipation effectively compared to tap water. This includes individuals dealing with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) or chronic idiopathic constipation.

While it’s advisable to drink more carbonated drinks, people with constipation should stay away from sugary soda. They do not only make your constipation worse but also have a negative effect on your health. [1]