Friday, August 8, 2008

Hard Days

What do you usually think when we say HARD? Hmmm, lot's of meaning isn't it? Well, what I mean of it is CONSTIPATION!

Most people do experienced that hardship to defecate. With constipation stools are usually hard, dry, small in size, and difficult to eliminate. Some people who are constipated find it painful to have a bowel movement and often experience straining, bloating, and the sensation of a full bowel. And once passed out, whew!!! SUCCESS!!! But why does it happen?

Well, constipation is just a symptom not a disease. The cause is typically poor diet, not enough fiber in the diet, lack of physical activity (especially in the elderly), medications, milk, irritable bowel syndrome, changes in life or routine such as pregnancy, aging, and travel, abuse of laxatives, ignoring the urge to have a bowel movement, not enough water intake, specific diseases or conditions, such as stroke (most common), problems with the colon and rectum, problems with intestinal function (chronic idiopathic constipation).

What can we do to treat it? Although treatment depends on the cause, severity, and duration of the constipation, in most cases dietary and lifestyle changes such as daily exercise will help relieve symptoms and help prevent them from recurring. Also, there's bunch of different laxatives you can choose from. But, let put it into mind that laxative is the very far option we could take and it is only for short term use.

So nothing would be better than diet and exercises. Lifestyle modification would really help people to have a BETTER days not HARD days!