Constipation | How To Get Rid Of Constipation | Constipation Relief (2019)

Constipation is very common in fact it affects people of all ages

in this video I'm going to teach you how to get rid of it and prevent it

now before we begin let's first define constipation but remember we're all different so we have

different toilet habits but generally speaking constipation is when you go to

the toilet less often to empty your bowels or when you're passing hard

painful stools now there's so many different causes for constipation in adults

and sometimes there's actually no obvious reason but some of the most

common causes include a lack of fibre so not eating enough fruit and veg, dehydration

ignoring the urge to go actually I'll leave a full list in the description

below for you now the good news is that constipation can usually be treated at

home with simple lifestyle changes that we're going to talk about next but if

these that help enough I'm going to talk about laxatives a bit later on

tip number one a really simple way to help reduce straining when you try to empty your

bowels is by raising your feet so when you're sat on the toilet have a stool

there are some books place your feet on them and try make your knee come above

your hip so by doing this it straightens out where the colon meets the rectum so

this causes the stool to pass through much more easily also give yourself

plenty of time and when you have the urge to go, go don't stop yourself by the

way I am on vacation right now but I thought it'd be quite cool to film these

parts here so let's move on to tip two now to make it still softer and easier

to pass you need to drink more fluids so six to eight glasses per day and to help

your stools retain more fluid you need more fibre so more fruit, more vegetable

outs actually I'll leave a really useful link in the description below it's by the

NHS and it tells you all the different foods that have fiber in them and how

much to eat so check it out when you get a minute tip three increase your activity so

do more regular walking, more regular exercise and it's going to reduce the

time it takes for the food to pass through your large intestine so you're

gonna empty your bowels more regularly now the reason for this is that the

longer the food spends in your large intestine the more water it's gonna

absorb so it's gonna leave you with drier and much harder stools to pass and

nobody wants that now I'm gonna go off snowboarding I'll see you back in

healthcare world "Check this out!"

now if diet and lifestyle changes aren't

helping then laxatives are a medication that can help the bowels empty more

regularly however I would advise everyone to speak to their pharmacist

first before purchasing any laxatives this is so they can check it's the right

one for you, you're suitable to take it, you're not gonna have any problems

taking it and also check what medicines you're taking because certain medicines

can actually cause constipation now please remember laxatives should only be

used for a short period of time and they're not recommended for children

unless prescribed by a healthcare professional now let's move on to the

different types of laxatives and how they work I think it will be useful

knowledge for you to know so first up we've got bulk forming laxatives such as

ispaghula husk now the way these work is very similar to when you increase the

fiber in your diet it's gonna help your stool retain more liquid so it's easier

for your bowels to push the stool out please remember though bulk forming

laxatives do take two to three days for them to work they also increase

flatulence and bloating but this does settle over time because of this I

wouldn't recommend you taking at nighttime just before going to bed

next up is osmotic laxatives such as lactulose and macrogol which soften your

stools and make them easier to pass by retaining more water in the bowels this

is by a process called osmosis hence the name osmotic laxatives

now the osmotic laxatives that I've just named can take up to two days to

work it's also important to drink plenty of fluids of them because you now know

the reason why and it also improves how well they work stimulant laxatives

like bisacodyl, senna or sodium picosulfate speed up movement in the

bowels now this is caused by stimulating the digestive tract and causing it to

contract like this now remember because you now know how stimulant laxative

works with the contractions it can cause abdominal cramping because of this it

can also take up to 12 hours to work lastly we have stool softener laxatives

such as docusate sodium and glycerol which increase the fluid content of hard

and dry stools making them easier to pass now both of these laxatives work

quite quickly within 15 to 60 minutes it's also important to remember that

once your symptoms improved to stop using the laxatives unless you're advised

differently by your healthcare professional and as always with all medication always

read the information leaflet and speak to your pharmacist to make sure that you're

suitable to use it and that is the end of the video I've also left some really

useful information in the description below which I'd advise everyone to read

see you next week

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causing it to contract

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some of the most common causes are a lack of diet, a lack of diet?

a lack fibre

to release your bowels, release your bowels or empty your bowels?

bowels... be. be. bowels...

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