Many unfortunate people suffer from constipation.  They are unable to have needed bowel movements and are left feeling bloated and extremely uncomfortable.  When they are finally able to have a bowel movement the stool is often hard and painful to pass.

There is no normal number of times individuals have a bowel movement each day.  For some people one movement daily is normal, others may have two or more and still others may only have a bowel movement every few days.  Our bodies naturally find the frequency of bowel movements that is right for us.  Don’t stress if you do not have a bowel movement every day.

If you are struggling and it is painful to pass stool when you feel you need to, then you likely are a victim of constipation.

There are several important steps you need to take to get control of your system and get your constipation under control before it develops into something more serious.  Your diet plays a huge role in your ability to have regular comfortable bowel movements.  You need to realize that what you put into your body has an effect on what does, or does not, come out of your body.

A diet that is rich in fiber is good for your bowel health.  A diet which includes 25 grams of fiber daily for women and 38 grams of fiber for men is recommended.  Most people only consume approximately 15 grams of fiber daily.  You can get the recommended amount of fiber daily by including more fruits and vegetables.  You should try to consume at least the recommended five portions of fruits and vegetables each day.  If you are suffering from chronic constipation, you might want to try making your own juices and drinking your fruits and vegetables as one way toward a refreshing constipation home remedy.  When eating fruits Include fruits such as apples, pineapple, dates, figs, raisins and mangoes.  For vegetables you might want to include potatoes with their skin, corn, broccoli, cabbage and lots of leafy green vegetables.

You want to include whole grain foods in your diet.  Whole grain foods include breads, brown rice, whole grain pastas and whole grain cereals.  Whole grain foods add roughage to your diet and roughage is what your body needs to  keep the bowels healthy.  When your bowels are healthy you have relief from constipation.

Another food which supplies fiber and roughage to the diet is nuts, particularly walnuts.  Nuts, in general, are a good home remedy for constipation.

In addition to your diet, in order to help relieve constipation you also need to supply your body with water.  You want to drink plenty of water each day.  Aim for at least eight glasses daily.  Water will keep you hydrated.  It will flush your system and will make your stools softer and easier to pass.

Don’t neglect including some moderate exercise in your daily schedule.  You will have more success with your bowel movements if you are more active.

Constipation can be s sign of or can lead to a more severe medical problem.  If your constipation persists after improving your diet, water consumption and exercise routine you should consult with your health care professional.