Do you really have constipation?
Many factors such as human food composition, intestinal anatomy, intestinal flora and so on will affect stool. There are individual differences in defecation. Just as our appearance varies greatly, there is no strict standard for stool and banana stool is not required once a day.
The following criteria can help you judge whether you have constipation:
- You can defecate easily, without exerting much effort, without feeling painful or taking too long. The frequency of excrement is not so low that you often feel bloated or uncomfortable, nor is it too frequent to affect your life, work and social activities. When you have the feeling of defecation, even if you cannot go to the toilet immediately, you can wait for a few minutes instead of being unable to endure it.
If you fully meet the above criteria, then congratulations, continue to live a happy life, don’t need to look down any more.
The real constipation, It is those who do defecate laboriously and time-consuming. As well as a significant reduction in the number of defecations, less than three times a week. Chronic constipation affects 4% to 6% of adults, more elderly than young, more women than men, and sometimes short-term constipation, such as pregnancy and lactation. Most constipation is a functional disease, or there is no very definite single cause, which may be a mixture of multiple factors.
Some of them [walk slowly], the propulsion and peristalsis of the colon are reduced, and the course of feces is slowed down, which is manifested by less defecation times and especially dry feces.
Some are [poor response], rectal sensitivity is reduced, defecation signals cannot be sent out in time, anus and rectum do not coordinate during defecation, mainly manifested by laborious defecation, and the feeling of not being completely defecated.
Others are [thinking too much] and have no obvious colon movement abnormalities and muscle coordination problems, which may be related to mental and psychological abnormalities and colon flora abnormalities.
Constipation in addition to people’s physical and mental discomfort, laborious defecation may also bring other hazards, one is mainly hemorrhoids of rectum and anus lesions, the other is can induce cardiovascular and cerebrovascular accidents. However, more people worry or think that constipation leads to colorectal tumors or skin pigmentation, but there is no relevant research support.
Constipation, what should I do?
[Three More and One Rule] is the diet and lifestyle that constipation patients need to follow, that is, [more dietary fiber, more water, more exercise and defecation should be regular].
However, in the process of correcting constipation, there are still some details that are easy to ignore or misunderstandings that need to be communicated with you.
1. Can constipation be handled by itself?
Although most constipation is a functional disease, However, some constipation is only a manifestation of organic diseases. For those over 40 who suddenly appear, Or constipation accompanied by emaciation, hematochezia and other alarm symptoms, Or should we go to see a doctor and do the necessary examination, Exclude other diseases. If the lifestyle is properly adjusted, As well as conventional safe laxative drugs (including lactulose, polyethylene glycol and proLucapride), patients who still cannot achieve satisfactory results also need to go to see a doctor for further examination, and then apply the optimal drugs or other treatment methods after clarifying the specific types of constipation.
2. Dietary Fiber Neglected by You
Dietary fiber cannot be digested and absorbed by human body, is the [skeleton] of stool, and can also directly stimulate intestinal peristalsis, so it plays a very important role in the treatment of constipation.
Speaking of dietary fiber, What we usually notice is vegetables, fruits and coarse grains. But it ignores mushrooms and beans. Judging from the content, Mushroom and nuts are the two kinds of foods with the richest dietary fiber, However, nuts are high in calories and can only be eaten in a small amount, so mushroom is the best choice to supplement dietary fiber. Beans are rich in dietary fiber and can also supply energy for intestinal probiotics. Therefore, constipation patients, in addition to the conventional diet of many fruits and vegetables and coarse grains, also recommend at least one meal a day containing mushroom and bean products.
3. Drink honey water to treat constipation?
Honey water is probably the most commonly used folk prescription for constipation patients. Drink hot, cold, get up and drink before going to bed… but can honey moisten the bowels and relieve constipation?
Some people say that honey is viscous and lubricating in appearance, which can moisten the bowels and relieve constipation. However, honey is digested and absorbed after entering the belly, and it will definitely not be in this lubricating state when reaching the colon.
Others said that fructose contained in honey is not easy to be absorbed by the human body. After reaching the colon, it can absorb water to increase stool volume and promote defecation. However, most people want to have obvious effects. They need to take fructose 50 g or more every day, which translates into honey to at least 150 g. Such a large amount of honey will bring a high sugar burden and is not a wise choice for laxation.
Apart from good taste, there will be no obvious difference between a cup of honey water and a glass of water in relaxing constipation in what.
4. Eat bananas to treat constipation?
The use of bananas to treat constipation stems to a large extent from people’s health concept of “supplementing shape with shape”: bananas have become the best-known laxative fruit out of their admiration for banana stools. Is this really the case? Unfortunately, raw bananas are easy to cause constipation due to their high tannic acid content. Even ripe bananas are not good for relieving constipation. Because the cellulose content of bananas is relatively not high, many fruits, such as apples, prune, plums and pitaya, are also easy to promote hypertonic diarrhea, and bananas are not prominent in this respect.
In fact, because of these characteristics of bananas, coupled with their ingredients to protect intestinal mucosa and relatively rich potassium content and high calorie, bananas are actually more suitable for diarrhea patients to eat. Therefore, you can eat more fruits to relieve constipation, but bananas are not the best choice among fruits.
Constipation has affected the quality of life of many people. I hope these words can make tens of millions of patients trapped here have a correct understanding, choose reasonable and reliable coping styles, and really do pull readily and arrange easily.
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