Constipation is very common and can affect people of all ages. Defined medically as less than three stools per week, severe constipation is regarded as only one stool per week. It can be very uncomfortable with hard or small stools, abdominal discomfort, straining and even at times bleeding from the anus due to the passing of hard stools. You can seek advice from a doctor, but treatment will always usually start at home with a change in diet and exercise. Adding to this lifestyle change are more home remedies that have worked wonders for all sorts of constipation suffers.
Keeping hydrated throughout the day help digestion and muscle function. We are always told to drink the regular 8 cups a day to keep healthy and hydrated, but when you are constipated, you may need a little more. 1-2 cups every two hours will help your body receive enough water and process nutrients. If you start the day with the juice of a lemon in a cup of warm water, you are doing an even better job of stimulating your system as the lemons help flush out toxins.