Most of us have felt that uncomfortable feeling of being backed up at some point – whether it’s a temporary tummy trouble or a longer-term issue.
If you’re struggling with your stools or you find yourself straining, we’ve got you covered.
What actually is constipation?
Constipation is essentially when you don’t poo often enough, or fully enough, or you have trouble when you do. If you poo less than 3 times in a week, it’s considered to be constipation (but going anywhere from 3 times a day to 3 times a week is considered normal!).
It varies from person to person, but there are two main types of constipation:
‘Slow transit’ This is when your food moves through your gut slowly. That means more water is taken out and absorbed into your – making your poo dry and hard.
This is when your food moves through your tummy just fine, but your poo gets stuck at the final hurdle – meaning you struggle to actually ‘go’ at crunch time.
How do you know if you’re constipated?
Aside from the obvious sign that you haven’t delivered a poo tothe loo recently, if you’re backed up, you might be feeling bloated, sick or have pain in your tummy. Constipation could also make you lose your appetite.
What’s causing your constipation? Well, this won’t be the same for everyone – so it’s super important to suss out your own triggers, based on your own body, lifestyle and diet.