Constipation: A Real Pain in the Behind
What is Constipation?
Has this ever happened to you? You are away at summer camp or on a family trip, the first week goes by, you’re having so much fun and then you realize – you haven’t pooped! You became CONSTIPATED. Let’s look at a definition:
A condition in which a person – or animal – has difficulty in eliminating solid bodily waste, also known as fecal matter.
It can be awfully tough for some people to talk about this subject because it may be considered dirty or too private. It’s important to realize though, that everyone has bowel movements. This is how the body eliminates waste and toxins that would make us very sick if it didn’t. Everyone and every animal, microscopic or as big as an elephant, eliminates some sort of waste.
As natural as it is, pooping isn’t easy for everyone. Did you know that some unfortunate people can’t poop for days or even weeks? If your body runs pretty smoothly then you may feel that this post doesn’t pertain to you. But if you are one of many girls in the world who get constipated from time to time, we have some helpful tips.
A lack of moisture is the biggest cause of constipation. Drinking enough water each day is an easy first place to start. You can actually see if you are drinking enough water by looking at the Hydration Chart in the Share section of this website. If your urine is pale yellow, then it’s likely you are well-hydrated.
A lack of exercise and movement is another reason people have constipation. Think about how much physical activity you do each day. If you are into sports, you’re probably just fine. If not, get moving! Anything fun will do – running, skipping, jumping up and down, stretching, and good old fashioned playing outdoors.
Stress can also cause constipation. Not pooping can give you stress and anxiety which makes it even harder to poop! One big stressor in life for kids and adults alike is CHANGE. And, guess what? Things change all the time! Good changes, not-so-good changes, it doesn’t matter. Whether travel, a move to a new place, a new school, or a new routine, all of these events can “change up” our systems and cause constipation. Our bowels can be pretty high maintenance! They need to be treated well.
When change happens, it’s time for water and for movement. Discover other important ways to help defend against constipation in this post.
What is Constipation? Has this ever happened to you? You are away at summer camp or on a family trip, the first week goes by, you’re having so much fun and then you realize – you haven’t pooped! You became CONSTIPATED. Let’s look at a definition: CONSTIPATION (kon-stuh-PAY-shun): A condition in which a person – […]