Constipation treatment in Florida
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What is constipation?
A gastrointestinal symptom, constipation is typically characterized by having fewer than three bowel movements throughout the course of a week. This symptom occurs when the stool is too hard and dry. The stool will become dry if it passes too slowly through the gastrointestinal system or stays in the colon for too long. If you experience less than three bowel movements a week, it may be time to meet with a digestive health specialist at Gastroenterology Associates of Florida. Reach out to our GI team in Florida today to schedule an appointment.
What causes constipation?
There may be causes behind why your stool may pass slower than usual through your digestive tract. Some reasons for constipation include:
- Narrowing of the colon
- Nerve damage around the rectum or colon
- Rectal cancer
- Colon cancer
- Rectum bulge through the back wall of the vagina
- Anal fissure
- A bowel blockage
If you are experiencing any of the above symptoms, request a consultation with our GI providers at Gastroenterology Associates of Florida. We will help you find relief from your issue.
Are there ways to relieve constipation?
Ensuring healthy habits are a part of your lifestyle can help address bouts of constipation. Several healthy habits to adopt to help you reduce the risk of constipation are:
- Consuming more water
- Avoiding dairy
- Consuming more dietary fiber
- Regular exercise
- Taking probiotics and prebiotics
Some over-the-counter medications are a great solution to constipation, but we recommend speaking with one of our Florida digestive health specialists first given that constipation can sometimes indicate a more serious condition. Request a consultation at Gastroenterology Associates of Florida to get started.
What foods have high amounts of fiber?
If you are wanting to increase the amount of fiber in your diet, the foods listed below may offer some benefits:
- Wheatena®, whole-wheat bread, seven-grain bread
- Cooked black-eyed peas, cooked zucchini
- Apples, tangerines, peaches, raspberries
- Lima beans, kidney beans
- Whole-grain cereal, hot oatmeal, cold All-Bran®, Total™ bran flakes
- Acorn squash, raw Brussels sprouts, raw spinach, raw broccoli, raw cauliflower, raw carrots, raw cabbage
For further information on altering your nutritional habits, please contact Gastroenterology Associates of Florida to connect with one of our GI specialists.
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Relief that makes a difference
The majority of people have constipation at some point throughout their lives. Frequent constipation, however, may be an indication of something far more concerning. If you have been dealing with constipation on an ongoing basis, please meet with a gastroenterologist at your earliest convenience. Along with being able to diagnose and help manage digestive conditions, the GI team at Gastroenterology Associates of Florida can screen and test for any more serious issues. To find help for constipation in Florida, please contact our practice today.
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