The scoop on poop – 5 things you probably didn’t know about occasional constipation

by | Sep 5, 2023 | Health and Wellness

Did you know that two-in-three Canadians have confessed to having experienced occasional constipation? With most of the population facing this issue, it’s time to break the poo taboo. Here are five things you might have not known:

Constipation feels different for everyone
Constipation is the infrequent passage of stools (less than three a week) that are difficult and can be painful to pass. However, everyone can experience different symptoms, which can include feeling bloated, strained bowel movements, abdominal pain and gas.

S is for success
According to the Bristol Stool Chart, there are a total of seven types of poos that range from hard lumps to liquid consistency, each one giving clues to what might be happening. Think S for a healthy stool: a soft and smooth form.

It can happen to anyone – it’s not just for seniors
Although typically associated with aging, according to a new survey, occasional constipation is experienced often by young adults. It’s reported that nearly three out of four Canadians aged 18 to 34 experience it. It’s not uncommon, even with a healthy diet.

It happens the most when we travel
Nearly four in 10 Canadians have experienced occasional constipation during vacation. Reasons for this can vary, from sitting in transit for long periods of time, to eating more than usual, to the change in routine.

It doesn’t have to ruin your plans
In the event of occasional constipation, there are over-the-counter, natural laxatives like Senokot that can provide gentle overnight relief. With occasional constipation being something most of us experience, it doesn’t need to be a taboo topic.

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