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  • Constipation is very common. In fact, it affects people of all ages.

  • In this video, I'm going to teach you how to get rid of it and prevent it.

  • Now before we begin, let's first define constipation.

  • But remember we're all different, so we have different toilet habits.

  • But generally speaking, constipation is when you go to the toilet less often to empty your bowels.

  • Or when you're passing hard painful stools.

  • Now there's so many different causes for constipation in adults.

  • And sometimes there's actually no obvious reason.

  • But some of the most common causes include a lack of fiber, so not eating enough fruit and veg; dehydration, ignoring the urge to go.

  • Actually I'll leave a full list in the description below for you.

  • Now the good news is that constipation can usually be treated at home with simple lifestyle changes that we're going to talk about next.

  • But if these ain't help enough, I'm going to talk about laxatives a bit later on.

  • Tip number one: a really simple way to help reduce straining when you try to empty your bowels is by raising your feet.

  • So when you're sat on the toilet have a stool down.

  • There are some books. Place your feet on them and try make your knee come above your hip.

  • So by doing this it straightens out where the colon meets the rectum.

  • So this causes the stool to pass through much more easily.

  • Also, give yourself plenty of time and when you have the urge to go, go! Don't stop yourself.

  • By the way, I am on vacation right now, but I thought it'd be quite cool to film these parts here.

  • So let's move on to tip two.

  • Now to make it still softer and easier to pass, you need to drink more fluids so six to eight glasses per day.

  • And to help your stools retain more fluid you need more fiber so more fruit, more vegetable, oats.

  • Actually, I'll leave a really useful link in the description below.

  • It's by the NHS and it tells you all the different foods that have fiber in them and how much to eat.

  • So check it out when you get a minute.

  • Tip three: increase your activity, so do more regular walking, more regular exercise.

  • And it's going to reduce the time it takes for the food to pass through your large intestine.

  • So you're gonna empty your bowels more regularly.

  • Now the reason for this is that the longer the food spends in your large intestine, the more water it's gonna absorb.

  • So it's gonna leave you with drier and much harder stools to pass and nobody wants that.

  • Now I'm gonna go off snowboarding. I'll see you back in healthcare world.

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  • Now if diet and lifestyle changes aren't helping then laxatives are a medication that can help the bowels empty more regularly.

  • However, I would advise everyone to speak to their pharmacist first before purchasing any laxatives.

  • This is so they can check it's the right one for you, you're suitable to take it, you're not gonna have any problems taking it.

  • And also check what medicines you're taking because certain medicines can actually cause constipation.

  • Now please remember laxatives should only be used for a short period of time.

  • And they're not recommended for children unless prescribed by a healthcare professional.

  • Now let's move on to the different types of laxatives and how they work.

  • I think it will be useful knowledge for you to know.

  • So first up we've got bulk forming laxatives such as ispaghula husk.

  • Now the way these work is very similar to when you increase the fiber in your diet.

  • It's gonna help your stool retain more liquid so it's easier for your bowels to push the stool out.

  • Please remember though bulk forming laxatives do take two to three days for them to work.

  • They also increase flatulence and bloating but this does settle over time.

  • Because of this I wouldn't recommend you taking at nighttime just before going to bed.

  • Next up is osmotic laxatives such as lactulose and macrogol which soften your stools and make them easier to pass by retaining more water in the bowels.

  • This is by a process called osmosis hence the name: osmotic laxatives.

  • Now the osmotic laxatives that I've just named can take up to two days to work.

  • It's also important to drink plenty of fluids of them because you now know the reason why.

  • And it also improves how well they work.

  • Stimulant laxatives like bisacodyl, senna or sodium picosulfate speed up movement in the bowels.

  • Now this is caused by stimulating the digestive tract and causing it to contract like this.

  • Now remember because you now know how stimulant laxative works with the contractions.

  • It can cause abdominal cramping because of this.

  • It can also take up to 12 hours to work.

  • Lastly we have stool softener laxatives such as docusate sodium and glycerol which increase the fluid content of hard and dry stools making them easier to pass.

  • Now both of these laxatives work quite quickly within 15 to 60 minutes.

  • It's also important to remember that once your symptoms improved to stop using the laxatives unless you're advised differently by your healthcare professional.

  • And as always with all medication always read the information leaflet.

  • Speak to your pharmacist to make sure that you're suitable to use it.

  • And that is the end of the video.

  • I've also left some really useful information in the description below which I'd advise everyone to read.

  • See you next week.

  • I'm filming this.

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  • Causing it to contract...I think this might look a bit silly.

  • Some of the most common causes are a lack of diet. A lack of diet?

  • A lack of fiber.

  • To release your bowels. Release your bowels or empty your bowels?

  • Bowels... be, be, bowels...

  • Hey guys thanks for watching this week's video.

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