Constipation With GastroMed Connect

What is constipation?

Constipation is typically described as having less than three bowel movements over a week. This issue occurs when the stool in the GI tract is too dry and hard. This waste may become dry if it moves too slowly through the gastrointestinal system or stays in the colon for an extended time. If you have less than three bowel movements in a week, it may be time to meet with a gastrointestinal provider at GastroMed Connect. Reach out to our GI specialists in Kyle, TX today to request a consultation.

What are the causes of constipation?

There are several reasons why stool may move slower than normal through the GI tract. Common causes of constipation include:

  • Colon cancer
  • A bowel blockage
  • Anal fissure
  • Rectum bulge through the back wall of the vagina
  • Cancer of the rectum
  • Narrowing of the colon
  • Nerve damage around the colon or rectum

Since many conditions can cause constipation, to determine the source of your concern, it is recommended that you meet with one of our knowledgeable GastroMed Connect GI specialists for a private consultation.

How can I relieve constipation?

Ensuring healthy habits are a part of your lifestyle can help relieve instances of constipation. Some healthy habits to follow to help you minimize the chance of constipation include:

  • Avoiding dairy
  • Taking prebiotics and probiotics
  • Consuming more water
  • Eating more dietary fiber
  • Regular exercise

Although some over-the-counter medications can help alleviate constipation, we recommend consulting with one of our Kyle, TX gastroenterologists first because constipation can sometimes be a symptom of a more serious issue.

What foods are high in fiber?

If you need to incorporate fiber-rich foods into your diet, the foods listed below might be beneficial:

  • Lima beans, kidney beans
  • Whole-wheat bread, seven-grain bread, Wheatena®
  • Acorn squash, raw cauliflower, raw carrots, raw spinach, raw Brussels sprouts, raw broccoli, raw cabbage
  • Hot oatmeal, whole-grain cereal, Total™ Bran Flakes, cold All-Bran®
  • Tangerines, apples, raspberries, peaches
  • Cooked zucchini, cooked black-eyed peas

For more in-depth information about changing your dietary habits, reach out to GastroMed Connect to partner with one of our licensed dietitians.