Constipation is not a disease but is a symptom caused by other medical problem. It is a condition in which a person may have hard and painful stool, fewer than 3 bowel movements a week.

Constipation is a very common problem and can occur in people of all ages. It is also more likely seen in pregnant women, adults with poor lifestyle or children with bad eating habits or people who have functional gastrointestinal disorders.

Constipation, if not treated may cause chronic problems like hemorrhoids, anal fissures, rectal prolapse and fecal impaction.

Dt. Gurleen Kaur, nutritionist and dietician in Delhi, provides various lifestyle modifications and diet plans designed to combat constipation.

Here are a few tips to cope up constipation:

  • Include fiber rich foods in your diet, like whole grains, legumes, fruits, vegetables, nuts etc.
  • Drink plenty of water and other liquids to avoid dehydration. In fact consuming lukewarm water, first thing in the morning, helps clear out the bowel movement.
  • Avoid consumption of caffeine and beverages with added sugar.
  • Exercise daily, this could include going for a walk, jogging, aerobics, gym training, swimming, biking, etc.
  • Consume small frequent meals. Heavy meals may cause the digestive system to slow down causing indigestion and constipation.
  • Upon consultation from your doctor, consume laxatives, stool softeners, bulk-forming agents etc. that could provide relief to chronic constipation.

Dt. Kaur says, “Simple lifestyle modifications, such as including exercise in your daily regimen and healthy eating habits can help combat various symptoms of constipation. In some cases, these lifestyle changes may also help in overcoming from diseases, whose side effect is constipation.”

If you are suffering with constipation and it is hindering with your general well being, consult Dt. Gurleen Kaur and get a customized meal plan, that will help you combat symptoms of constipation.

To consult with Dt. Gurleen Kaur, book an appointment at 9810016415 or visit,

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