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Constipation is usually described as having fewer than three bowel movements in a week. Constipation occurs when the stool becomes too hard and dry. Your stool will become dry if it moves too slowly through the digestive tract or stays in the colon for too long.
There are a few reasons why your stool would move slower than normal through your digestive system. Some reasons include:
If you are experiencing fewer than three bowel movements in a week we recommend contacting your nearest gastroenterologist.
Some healthy habits to adopt to help you avoid constipation include:
Some over the counter medication options are a great solution to constipation, but we recommend consulting with your gastroenterologist first because constipation can sometimes be a symptom of a more serious condition.
If you are interested in changing your diet please consult with one of our licensed dietitians.
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