Chronic constipation is infrequent bowel movements or difficulty in passing stool that can persist for a couple of weeks, maybe even longer. Generally speaking, constipation is described as having fewer than three bowel movements a week.
Though occasional, constipation is quite common, some people experience chronic constipation that can interfere with their ability to go about their everyday tasks. Chronic constipation may also cause excessive straining to have a bowel movement and other signs and symptoms.
Treatment for chronic constipation would depend in part on the underlying cause. However, in some cases, a cause is never found.
One of the causes of constipation is lack of fiber in one’s diet. Some foods that contain natural fiber include:
- whole grains
Adding a good helping of these to your diet will help with constipation.
Probiotics have been found to help soften stools and increase your bowel movements. They’re essential to a healthy digestive tract and help everything to work properly. Foods that are high in probiotics include:
- natural yogurt
- miso soup
- sour pickles
Adding all of these to your diet will ensure healthy digestion.