Digestive problems such as constipation are like an uninvited guest whose only purpose is to ruin our day. One way to get such is by taking medication. But don’t be surprised because a lot of medication has side effects, and constipation is one of them.
Luckily, you can easily treat constipation caused by medication in a variety of ways. And if you’re struggling with it right now, this article is for you. Below are the best ways to keep constipation at bay that is caused by medication. Let’s check it out!
Eat Fiber-Rich Foods
One of the ways of treating constipation is by increasing your fiber intakes such as eating more fruits and vegetables.
At least five servings of fruits and veggies a day should be enough. Fiber is a nutrient found in plant-based foods that helps regulate stools. It creates bulk (volume) to the stool so that it will flow smoothly to clear up your intestines.
But fiber is not only limited to fruits and vegetables. You can also get fiber from wheat or oat bran, synthetic methylcellulose, and polycarbophil paired with calcium. However, studies show that polycarbophil is more effective when it is taken alone instead of mixing it with calcium.
One of the most common ways to treat constipation is by taking laxatives. There are different types of laxatives, and one of them is emollient laxatives which is known as a stool softener.
Emollient laxatives contain a compound called “docusate” that enables the water in your body to penetrate into the colon and mix with the stool. However, it may take several weeks before it shows its effects.
Lubricant laxatives, on the other hand, is a type of laxative that contains mineral oil. This mineral oil coats into the intestine to prevent water from separating from the stool. As a result, you will discharge softer stools instead of bulky ones.
Though keep in mind that lubricant laxatives are only used for short-term purposes. Long term usage will result in vitamin deficiency because too much intake of mineral oil can absorb the vitamins from your intestine.
Getting plenty of exercise helps keep your body moving. Experts say that not only does exercise can tone your muscles, but it also helps regulate bowel movement as well. With exercise, it lowers the time for the food to move into the large intestine.
As a result, it helps enhance the squeezing stimulation of your intestines so you can discharge stools more easily without using too much body force.
Exercising early in the morning is the best time to do it, especially before and after breakfast. Jog a few rounds in your neighborhood for at least 30 minutes as soon as you wake up and do aerobics after eating your breakfast.
Do cardio exercises after lunch to keep your heart pumping and body moving throughout the day. Make it a habit to exercise every day for a happier trip to the bathroom.