Nutrition: It’s time to talk about irregularity

It might not be a conversation for the dinner table, but constipation is a problem that affects most people at some point. This gastrointestinal disorder, sometimes referred to as irregularity, is a challenge for people of all ages. Even healthy individuals suffer from constipation. Plus, changes in routines, such as those that arise with summer travel, can disrupt regular bowel movements. The good news is that healthy habits and the right foods can help improve regularity.

If you have fewer than three bowel movements per week your doctor may diagnose you with constipation. Constipation should not necessarily cause serious concern. Some common causes of constipation include lack of a balanced diet, physical inactivity, inadequate fluid intake and medication side effects. At the same time, constipation is uncomfortable and sometimes even painful. Knowing how to manage and prevent constipation is key.

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