- Infrequent bowel movements (less than 3 times per week)
- Hard stools
- Difficulty passing stools
- Sense that you didn’t finish emptying the bowel
- Bloated stomach
- Bad breath
- Rectal bleeding
- Stomach pain
- Nausea and Vomiting (for more serious cases of constipation)
Keep in mind that about half of the population goes to the bathroom once a day, while the rest varies from 3 times per week to as frequently as 3 times per day. Every person is different. As we age, we also have less frequent bowel movements.
- Insufficient fiber in one’s diet (we need about 25 grams per day)
- Some medications
- Some antidepressants
- Some anticonvulsants
- Iron supplements
- Some antiacids that are coated with aluminum
- Excessive use of stimulant laxatives (bulk laxatives are ok)
- Hormonal disorders
First determine if you have chronic constipation (over a long period of time) or acute constipation (sudden). Acute constipation can be very serious and needs medical attention right away.
Chronic constipation can be treated using Tonic Life BP which contains laxative ingredients that help train your system to have regular bowel movements on its own without the use of stimulants. You can also increase your consumption of natural fiber.
Here are some good sources of fiber to get your 25 grams a day are:
1 packet of whole grain cereal 3 grams
1 medium apple with skin 4 grams
1 cup of strawberries 3 grams
1/2 cup of spinach (cooked) 7 grams
1/2 potato with skin 3.8 grams
1/2 cup of mixed vegetables 4 grams
1/2 cup of All Bran 9.6 grrams
1/2 cup of pinto beans 10 grams
1 corn tortilla 2 grams
Additionally, remember to exercise. Experts have confirmed that exercise is essential for regular bowel movements.