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Constipation

Last publication: 30/10/2014


Constipation can be defined as the slowing down of intestinal transit linked to the drying out of stools.

  • A person can be defined as being constipated if they pass less than 2 to 3 stools per week. Other symptoms such as headaches, nausea and bloating can be linked to constipation.
  • The cause of constipation is often attributed to 'processing' problems. In fact, during the digestion process, intestinal contractions push food into the digestive tube. If this process slows down, stools remain in the colon for too long and subsequently become dry and hard and are thus more difficult to eliminate from the body.
    Constipation can also be caused by evacuation problems (insufficient abdominal pressure, haemorrhoids…) or defecation problems (terminal constipation).

HYGIENE-DIETETIC MEASURES TO FOLLOW:

    Follow a diet that is rich in fibre
  • Drink at least 1.5 L of water per day. Begin the day with a large glass of water on an empty stomach (good to know: magnesium-rich water accelerates transit)...
  • Tone the abdominal muscles by taking regular and suitable physical exercise
  • Eat on a regular basis: do not eat at strange times, but at regular mealtimes
  • Follow a diet that is rich in fibre: green vegetables, stewed fruit, apples, pears and prunes (avoid bananas). Wholegrain cereals.
  • Change your toilet habits and visit the bathroom at regular times.

NATURAL PRODUCTS WHICH CAN HELP

Linseed
It is naturally very rich in soluble fibre, which swells in the digestive tube when combined with water and helps stimulate intestinal transit. It is a gentle laxative and is particularly useful in cases of intestinal laziness.

Ispaghula (teguments)
It encourages intestinal transit by increasing the size of the stools and encouraging lubrication.

Probiotics
They encourage 'healthy' intestinal flora and good digestive comfort.

Constipation

To prevent constipation, the follow-up of hygiene and dietetic measures is fundamental.