|Constipation or irritable bowel syndrome refers to the bowel movements which makes stool and gas hard to pass and is usually associated with hardened faeces. This affects the large intestine (colon) causing cramping, gas, abdominal pain and bloating.
Symptoms of Irritable Bowel Syndrome
Constipation itself is one of the symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome. The other symptoms include:
- Having two to three stools per week.
- Lower abdomen pain and stiffness.
- Straining to pass stools.
- Blood in stool. (in severe cases, often related to as piles)
- Loss of appetite.
Causes of Constipation
- Physiological stress, lack of sleep.
- Low intake of water and other liquids.
- Certain kind of medication causing slow movement of stool through the colon.
- Low intake of fiber foods.
- Hormonal disorders.
- High level of progesterone and estrogen during pregnancy.
- Sudden intake of high protein diet.
- Inactive lifestyle, i.e. lack of physical exercise.
- Drinking too much alcohol.
- Eating foods that are high in fat and sugar.