Constipation occurs when bowel movements become tough or infrequent. Nearly everyone will experience constipation at one point or another. The frequency of a bowel movement will depend on each person: most people will have one three times a day, while others have them only twice or three times a week.
However, as a rule of thumb, you shouldn’t go more than three days without a bowel movement. Some of the causes of constipation include a lack of a diet rich in fiber, reduced water consumption, or not being active enough. If you have constipation, you may experience some of following symptoms: a reduced number of bowel movements, trouble passing a bowel movement, hard or small stools or a sense that everything didn’t come out.
If you think you have constipation, it is important to seek adequate treatment. First, you should increase your water intake by two extra glasses of water per day; secondly, you may eat fruits and vegetables rich in fiber to get things moving again.