Constipation is an uncomfortable, sometimes painful condition usually caused by lack of fiber and liquids in your diet. Frequency of bowel movements vary in individuals and there really isn't a universal "normal," but stool should be able to pass easily and without pain.
Occasional constipation is normal and could be a result of stress or changes in your routine. Most occasional constipation can be treated with the gradual addition of fiber and drinking plenty of water each day. 25 - 30 grams of fiber per day is the daily recommendation and adults should be drinking at least 64 ounces of water per day; more if you are working outside or live in a very hot, dry climate. DO NOT immediately resort to an over the counter laxative as these have detrimental long term consequences.
Chronic contipation is a serious issue that should be addressed with your gastroenterologist. Also, if you notice blood in the stool or the color becomes very dark, you should see a doctor immediately. This may be a symptom of a much more serious condition.Request An Appointment Today!