Constipation is very common and in most cases it does not represent any health risks although constipation can be very bothersome and stressful. Fortunately, increase of bowel movements can be achieved relatively easily and most often without the use of medications.

To achieve constipation relief you need to know its causes. In most cases constipation is caused by diet low in fibers, inadequate intake of fluids and inadequate physical activity which means you should eat more foods high in fibers such beans, pears, prunes, whole grains, fresh fruit and vegetables, drink a lot of fluid and increase your physical activity. You are also highly recommended to avoid constipation foods such as refined white foods – white flour and white rice, chocolate, black tea, green bananas, bilberries, products made with baking soda and prepackaged meals and snacks. Many people also experience constipation after eating dairy products and eggs. However, yogurts containing live bacterial cultures (probiotics) can be helpful in constipation.

If change of diet and regular physical activity are not effective or if suffering from chronic constipation you can also try with laxatives many of which are available over-the-counter in every pharmacy. There are several types of laxatives which either induce bowel movement or soften the stool but all can lead to dependence, while laxative abuse can eventually cause constipation. You are highly recommended to consult with your health care provider or pharmacist before taking laxative.

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