What are constipation symptoms?

If you’re having trouble going to the bathroom, you’re not alone. One in four Canadians has symptoms of constipation.

Stools can be smaller, hard and lumpy, and more difficult to pass. You may have a bloated stomach, experience gas pains and cramping.

It’s usually nothing serious, but if you’re avoiding going to the bathroom because it’s painful or uncomfortable to have a bowel movement, the problem can get worse.

EXPERIENCING PAIN, DISCOMFORT AND A BLOATED STOMACH? TRY THESE TIPS FOR CONSTIPATION RELIEF

Eating more fibres

EAT MORE FIBRE

Get your five fruits and vegetables a day, and include some whole grains, brown rice and pulses (lentils, beans, chickpeas) into your daily diet. Because fibre absorbs water in your bowels, you may have to increase your fluid intake as well to get things moving.

Getting more exercice

GET MORE EXERCISE

Exercise stimulates bowel function, so aim for 30 minutes of activity such as walking, and try to do it at least every three days.

Drinking more fluids

DRINK MORE FLUIDS

Liquids help food and waste pass through your gut. Water, herbal teas and clear soups are great, but avoid consuming too many fizzy drinks, and drinks that contain caffeine and alcohol.