Providing fiber-rich nutrition products for diets that support digestive health.
Understanding Digestive Health
What causes constipation and bowel irregularity?
Most people experience constipation or bowel irregularity at some point. The most commonly cited causes are a lack of dietary fiber, lack of activity or exercise, and insufficient fluid intake, according to the NIH National Institute of Aging. They outline the potential causes of constipation as:
- People who don’t eat enough high-fiber foods like vegetables, fruits, and whole grains may be prone to constipation.
- Often, older people are at greater risk for constipation. People who have problems with their teeth or swallowing difficulties sometimes tend to eat soft foods that contain little fiber, which can contribute to constipation. They also may not be drinking enough water or liquid.
- Inactivity due to illness or injury can contribute to constipation.
- Medical conditions such as stroke, diabetes, blockage in the intestines, and irritable bowel syndrome can contribute to constipation, as can some medications.
Getting Back to Regular
In addition to consulting with your physician, the NIH suggests trying the following remedies for relief from constipation:
- Eat more fiber-rich foods, like fresh fruits, vegetables, whole-grains, dried fruits like apricots, prunes and fits.
- Slowly work more fiber into your diet by adding a bran to your food.
- Drink enough fluids to promote regular bowel movements.
- Get enough activity and exercise.
- Talk to your doctor about laxatives and stool softeners.