Health

Did You Smell Your Own Poo?

Constipation is common and it affects people of all ages. Normal bowel habits range from 3 times a day to 3 times a week with the consistency of toothpaste being squeezed from the tube – soft and free flowing. When undigested food products pass through the colon, the colon will absorb water and the stool become firm. However, if the transit time is too long, more water will be absorbed and the stool will become harder.

If all your answers for the above questions are yes, you are suffering from constipation. You can also check your stool pattern with the Bristol stool chart to know more about your poo. Type 1 and 2 are consider as constipation; type 3 and 4 are normal stool; while type 5 and above consider diarrhea.

For people who always ignore the urge of defecation and regularly hold in the poop, it can lead to constipation. Studies found that an increase in faecal load in the colon will increase bacterial counts and create long-term inflammation of the inner lining of the colon, which will increase the risk of cancer. For people who frequently have untreated constipation, they might get the complications in the longer term too, including:

So, what are the common causes for constipation and how can we solve it?

Constipation is not life threatening but it can be uncomfortable, with serious potential complications. Take Bijirin and Break-Tru by Greens today to increase your fibre intake with sufficient water and exercise to get rid of it now.

 

References

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By Hew Xin Li (Greens Dietitian)
– Graduated from International Medical University (IMU) with BSc in Dietetics with Nutrition
– More than 4 years of diet therapist experiences

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