Information About Constipation
Understanding the Problem, Finding the Solution

Here is the information about constipation you may have been looking for.

Discomforts of Constipation

When stool doesn't move fast enough through the digestive tract, it can result in the following symptoms of constipation.

  • A lack of energy
  • Frequent gas pains
  • A painful bowel movement

When constipated, a person may feel a slight amount of discomfort in the abdomen, or an extreme amount of pain.

Sometimes, intestinal gas is not able to push its way out, leaving one to feel and look bloated. 

If you are experiencing signs of constipation such as:

  • Hard, difficult to pass stools

  • Less than three movements a week

  • Straining during a bowel movement

it's important to educate yourself regarding treating constipation. 

Reasons for Constipation

There are various reasons for constipation, including:



Medical conditions

Weak colon muscles

The use of certain drugs

A lack of exercise

A lack of fiber in the diet

A deficiency of magnesium 

Not responding to the urge to go

Common Constipation Drugs and Their Side Effects

Without proper bowel movements, your doctor may prescribe medications such as Amitiza or Lactulose.

These help increase the fluid in the intestines, making it easier to pass stools.

The following should not use Amitiza or Lactulose:

  • Diabetics
  • Women who are pregnant
  • Those taking conflicting medications

While Amitiza and Lactulose may work effectively, they may have the following side effects:

     •  Dry mouth

     •  Dizziness

     •  Diarrhea

     •  Nausea and vomiting

     •  Sleep disruption

These side effects are notable. However, there is an option with minimal side effects.

This option is magnesium.

Scientific evidence magnesium
can be used to treat constipation

A 2006 Japanese study found a direct correlation between constipation and a low intake of magnesium

Magnesium acts as a muscle relaxant (it is not a stimulant) that helps to draw water into the intestines and colon. This extra moisture was found to do the following:

  • Soften the stool, making it easier to have a bowel movement

  • Bulk up the stool, which in turn stimulates the colon to rhythmically contract and relax, moving stool along.

Magnesium encourages the natural process of relieving constipation.

The Many Functions of Magnesium

Magnesium is also an important nutrient.

  • It provides over 300 essential enzyme systems to regulate metabolic functions.

  • It helps provide energy, maintain metabolism, fight depression and fatigue, reduce anxiety and irritability

  • It assists with muscle and nerve functions

Unfortunately, most adults do not consume 

the Recommended Daily Allowance of Magnesium

According to the above Japanese study, this

lack of magnesium in the diet may contribute to constipation

How to Get More Magnesium in Your Diet

The following foods are rich in magnesium.

Including them in our diet can help help us meet the need for magnesium, and possibly avoid constipation.

     •  Dark green leafy vegetables

     •  Whole grains

     •  Nuts

     •  Beans

     •  Certain meats

     •  Dairy products

Magnesium is also available in supplement form.

For instance, just a teaspoon of concentrated sea minerals contains 106% of the US RDA of magnesium.

Not only does a sea mineral supplement supply needed magnesium, but it also contains valuable trace minerals that are lacking in most diets.

I hope this information about constipation has been helpful.

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