5 main myths about constipation

  1. It does not matter when defecation occurs.

You may be too busy at work to go to the bathroom, or you may prefer to wait until you get home. But ignoring the urge to defecate not only causes discomfort, it can cause constipation or exacerbate existing problems. Some people take special time to go to the toilet, for example, after breakfast. In fact, the regime in this case is not the main thing, just follow the “call of nature”.

  1. Enemas and hydrotherapy help cleanse the intestines.

Physically, this is true, but the more often such manipulations are performed, the greater the risk that the intestines will become even more “lazy”. In addition, intestinal damage and interference with the microflora are possible.

  1. All you need to do is increase your fiber intake.

Fiber (both digestible and indigestible) is often considered a “superfood” for constipation. But not all fibers have the same effect on digestion and promote regular defecation. One of the results of studies on the effects of dietary fiber on constipation is that indigestible fiber is more effective in treating constipation. But indigestible fiber can accumulate in the gastrointestinal tract, thereby worsening the patient’s condition.

It is true that most people do not eat enough fiber, so eating more vegetables, fruits, whole grains and drinking more water is extremely important. But if the consumption of fiber meets the recommendations, its additional use in the form of pills is not necessary. Regular consumption of dietary fiber is recommended.

  1. Increased fluid intake improves intestinal motility.

It is often believed that increasing water consumption can improve the consistency of stool and thus facilitate bowel movements. But science shows that increasing water intake doesn’t really affect stool changes. It is now recommended to maintain a normal water-electrolyte balance and prevent dehydration. Increased water consumption has a therapeutic effect only in people with proven dehydration.

  1. With age, constipation occurs in everyone and this is the norm.

With age, constipation occurs in many people, but this is not the norm. Indeed, constipation is more common in the elderly. But, if there was no constipation before, but it appeared at the age of 40-50, this is not the norm. In this case, you need to examine the body to identify the cause of constipation.

  1. Medicines are dangerous and cannot be taken.

In fact, it has long been known that long-term use of this laxative is addictive. However, certain medications (such as Bekunis and Glycoprep Powder) can and should be used to improve the patient’s condition over a short period of time.

  1. Coffee can help get rid of constipation

Caffeine is a diuretic that removes fluid from the body, including stool. Therefore, if you suffer from constipation, you should avoid coffee as well as other diuretics (alcohol, tea and cola).