Constipation in Arizona
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What is constipation?
A gastrointestinal symptom, constipation is typically characterized by experiencing less than three bowel movements throughout the course of a week. Constipation arises when the stool becomes too hard and dry. This waste will become dry if it passes too slowly through the digestive system or remains in the large bowel for longer than normal. Should you experience less than three bowel movements in one week, it may be time to meet with a GI specialist at Arizona Digestive Health. Reach out to our GI facility in Phoenix, AZ today to request an appointment.
What are the causes of constipation?
There may be a number of reasons why your stool may migrate slower than usual through your gastrointestinal tract. Some reasons for constipation include:
- Anal fissure
- Rectum bulge through the back wall of the vagina
- Nerve damage around the colon or rectum
- Colon cancer
- A bowel blockage
- Rectal cancer
- Colon stricture
Are there ways to relieve constipation?
Adopting healthy habits into your lifestyle can help alleviate problems with constipation. Several healthy habits to adopt to help you minimize the chance of constipation include:
- Taking probiotics and prebiotics
- Avoiding dairy
- Regular exercise
- Consuming more water
- Consuming more dietary fiber
Selecting over-the-counter medications can be a good solution to constipation, though we advise talking with one of our Phoenix, AZ gastrointestinal physicians first since constipation can at times indicate a more serious condition.
What foods are high in fiber?
When you are needing to incorporate fiber-rich foods into your diet, the following foods might be helpful:
- Kidney beans, lima beans
- Whole-grain cereal, hot oatmeal, cold All-Bran, Total Bran Flakes
- Acorn squash, raw cauliflower, raw carrots, raw spinach, raw Brussels sprouts, raw broccoli, raw cabbage
- Raspberries, peaches, tangerines, apples
- Wheatena®, whole-wheat bread, seven-grain bread
- Cooked black-eyed peas, cooked zucchini
To learn more about improving your eating habits, reach out to Arizona Digestive Health to partner with one of our licensed dietitians.
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Should I see a gastroenterologist about constipation?
Most individuals deal with constipation at some point during their lives. Frequent constipation, however, could be an indication of something far more concerning. If you have been dealing with constipation on a more frequent basis, please visit a GI specialist at your earliest convenience. In addition to being able to diagnose and help manage digestive health conditions, the gastroenterology team at Arizona Digestive Health can evaluate for any more concerning issues. To receive help for constipation in Phoenix, AZ, please get in touch with our team today.
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