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How to Avoid Constipation

Yep, nobody really wants to talk about constipation, and whenever the topic comes up, people shrink down in their seats because people think there’s some sort of shame involved. There’s not.

Beverly Hills Center for Digestive Health isn’t afraid to talk about the uncomfortable stuff when we have to. As a matter of fact, many folks in this country experience constipation.

42 Million Americans Are Constipated

You read that right. Nearly half a million people in the US are consistently stopped-up, according to the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases. Constipation happens to be one of the most common gastrointestinal problems in our country. It affects our mood, performance, and really puts a damper on our mental and overall wellness.

More on Constipation

Constipation is classified as a condition in which you have less than three bowel movements in a week’s span. It can also entail hard, dry, or very small bowel movements which can often be painful and difficult to pass.

What Might Be Causing Your Constipation

Low fiber diets and diets high in fats can bring about constipation, same with lack of exercise, lack of fluids (dehydration), and laxative overuse. Even pregnancy can be a culprit when it comes to constipation. So, often times, it’s not necessarily any fault of your own.

Foods to Eat to Avoid Constipation

Fruits and vegetables are high in fiber, which helps keep your stool soft and helps aid with digestion. Beans, pears, apples, sweet potatoes are all heavy hitters when it comes to fiber. Exercising regularly and keeping a moderate diet will help your constipation. Taking apple cider vinegar or products like Gut Shots also aid your gastrointestinal system.

What to do When You Need a Gastroenterologist Near You

Beverly Hills Center for Digestive Health is here to help with a wide range of stomach problems, including constipation and fecal incontinence. If you’re having stomach problems or experiencing constipation, please contact our office today to schedule your consultation and we’ll get to the bottom of it.

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