Natural Remedies for Constipation

Some people wonder if, in order to be regarded as regular, they need to have at least one bowel movement every day. The number and frequency of normal bowel movements is widely varied. Normal can range anywhere from three a day to three each week. In fact, what is deemed normal for one person may not be considered regular for someone else. And so, for those who are left wondering, daily fecal excretion is not considered to be a requirement of regularity. However, if you are trying to pass dry hard stools three times a week or less, most likely, you are constipated. In some cases, constipation may also cause you to feel uncomfortable, sluggish, bloated, or for some, tenderness and pain.

Constipation can be caused by a number of things such as a deficient dietary intake of fiber, dehydration, age, pregnancy, inattention to bowel habits, illness, stress, depression, or lack of physical activity.

Constipation can also be caused by certain medications, such as those used to treat depression, high blood pressure, and Parkinson's disease. Many of the narcotics used as pain killers can also cause constipation as can continued or over-use of aggravates and laxatives.

Although uncommon, constipation, in rare cases, may indicate a serious medical condition, such as electrolyte or hormonal imbalances, or colorectal cancer.