There is hardly anyone who has not experienced a feeling of heaviness, swelling in the abdomen and feeling of helplessness that accompanies the lack of ability to just let it out. But for those of us for whom the problem is chronic, these lines may provide some relief and help. Strict weight loss diets often are accompanied by a state of constipation. This may be due to a significant decrease in the volume of food and inadequate amount of fat in the digestive system. Eating right and drinking plenty of fluids can certainly help.
How does constipation even happen?
First of all let us say that the normal situation is a one soft stool per a day or two. Low frequency or hard stools do require serious attention to what we eat and our health in general. Digestive process takes place in the stomach and small intestine, where food is breaking down and absorbed into the blood. The waste continue on to the large intestine, there is resorption of fluid and creating a pile of feces. Movement of stool through the colon is due to a series of contractions which push the stool down the colon. These contractions are contingent food convoy pressure on the nerves that are run in the intestinal wall.
When the volume of debris is not large enough, the pressure is not sufficient to activate those cramps. In this case the stool gets stuck in the intestine, creating constipation. Since the absorption of the fluid continues as long as the feces is in the intestine, with the passage of time going out and hardens, making it difficult for further evacuation. The solution, therefore, is to contribute to increase the volume of stool and softening, this will help proper bowel contraction and port health. Beyond the discomfort of constipation, the situation is not healthy, because food residues reach the colon, that carry harmful materials for the body. Prolonged stay of leftover food in the digestive system increases the production of the same materials and in the long run this may contribute to a wide range of diseases as the most serious is colon cancer.
Physical activity, especially activity that engages the abdominal muscles such as swimming, walking and abdominal exercises will contribute to improved blood flow to the digestive system and also to improve the functioning of all its aspects.