Disclosure: This post is in partnership with Dulcolax. As always, opinions are all mine.
Now, I know this subject is a little taboo. I get it. But, we are all human. We all have the same bodily functions and guess what? We all at some point suffer from the same issues with our bodies. Why should we remain quiet? Why can’t we share our stories, our knowledge and possibly help someone?
Well, I’ll be honest. As a blogger I’ve often had to sit and think about the things I want to talk about on here. However, as a mom, I need to be careful because I want my kids to know these things are okay to talk about. The more we shy away from these important topics, the more our children think they aren’t okay to talk about, and it may become a serious issue. I had a friend who has a blog where she talks about important body issues that she highlights via social media and services similar to bio fm. Maybe I should give it a go-to get more eyes on these serious issues.
With that said, today I’d like to speak with you about knowing when to trust your gut and what it’s trying to tell you about number two. Pooping is a natural part of life, but the reality is things just don’t always work the way they should. Yep, I said it. Today I’m talking about constipation. Constipation is a genuine problem for many that should not be ignored.
I know sometimes I ignore my gut. It’s something I just haven’t paid much attention to in the past, and it hasn’t always been the best choice. If you’re constipated, your body may be trying to tell you something. It could be an indication of a lack of fibre, fluids or physical activity.
After having my daughter Hanna, I had major issues with constipation. After having 7 kids, it’s bound to happen. The hospital where I gave birth to Hanna was awful with my post-partum care and I wasn’t provided with anything to provide relief. With my other childbirths, I was usually sent home armed with everything one needs to properly heal from delivery. So, I sent my husband to the pharmacy, as I really needed some relief, and he brought me back an over-the-counter product called Dulcolax®. I was thrilled because there is no prescription required and it’s what I’ve always used and trusted after birth.
If you’ve ever given birth, you know how scary and traumatic that first bowel movement can be, so it’s essential we get a little help in when it’s required!
Of course, having a baby wasn’t routine, so I was lucky that once I did get back on to my normal routine, I was able to even everything out again. But that said, I don’t think that I realized until more recently the importance of routine habits to relieve constipation. I’ve still found myself struggling, when things are a little off. If I don’t drink enough water, or get enough fibre in my diet I can really tell, can you?
Did you know: One in four Canadians suffer from symptoms of constipation?
What Does Constipation Mean?
Constipation means infrequent or difficult bowel movements and affects everyone from the young to the elderly. There is no age limit, so if ever you are unsure, it’s important to speak to your family doctor or pharmacist because constipation isn’t anything to be shy about. Especially for those that are into their later years in life, constipation could mean anything from looking to increase the appetite for your older loved ones and possibly change their diet, or a slew of other ailments or issues to be wary of, either way make sure to always keep a check on the health of the eldest in your family.
While we all enjoyed the warmth and sunshine associated with the summer months, this likely meant more activity and exposure to the sun as well as potentially unhealthy meal choices. This could have also meant that many Canadians faced a higher risk of dehydration and an unhappy gut due to lack of healthy fibre, which could result in constipation.
What Can You Do About Constipation?
If people don’t have enough fibre or liquid in their diet, they are more susceptible to constipation. On average, an adult should eat 20 to 30 grams of fibre, per day. In addition, it’s helpful to follow these tips:
- Try to find a consistent time every day to relax and have a bowel movement. This can help your body adjust to the pattern over time.
- Remember to avoid straining. Straining or pushing too hard when you have a bowel movement can cause bladder problems and prolapse issues. This is a whole other issue in itself and requires the help of a local urologist if you’re having bowel or bladder problems.
- Establish regular sleeping patterns. Our bodies work according to a natural sleep-wake cycle also referred to as a circadian rhythm, which controls our body temperature, our hormone levels, and the way our organs and body systems work – including the digestive system.
- If increasing your water or fibre intake and exercise doesn’t work, don’t second guess relief. Dulcolax® provides dependable, effective overnight relief of occasional constipation and helps you get back to your regular self.
Dulcolax belongs to a group of medicines known as stimulant laxatives. Dulcolax stimulates the bowel muscles while also accumulating water in the intestines. The effect is to soften the stool and to make it pass through more quickly.
Dulcolax tablets have special coating ensuring that the active ingredient is released right where it’s needed. The coating resists the acidic digestive juices of the stomach and small intestine. As with all laxatives, Dulcolax should not be taken on a continuous daily basis or for extended periods without investigating the cause of constipation.
To be sure Dulcolax is right for you, always read and follow the label.
Do you need a little extra help? Do you feel uncomfortable and need to trust your gut more? Don’t be shy; we’ve all been there! Trust Your Gut when it comes to what your body is saying to you.
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