Why am I constipated?
Anything from stress to being pregnant to not getting enough fluids, fibre or exercise can all affect your bowel movements. Learn more.
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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.
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.
Exercise stimulates bowel function, so aim for 30 minutes of activity such as walking, and try to do it at least every three days.
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.