Constipation in Denver, CO
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What is constipation?
Constipation is a gastrointestinal symptom that is usually described as having fewer than three bowel movements over one week. It happens when the stool in the GI tract is hard and dry, migrating too slowly through the GI system, or staying in the colon for an extended time. Should you pass less than three bowel movements within one week, it may be time to consult a gastrointestinal provider at Denver Digestive Health Specialists. Contact our gastroenterology team in Denver, CO today to request a consultation.
What are the causes of constipation?
There are several reasons why your stool would progress more slowly than normal through the GI system. Common causes of constipation include:
- Nerve damage around the rectum or colon
- Colon stricture
- Rectal cancer
- A bowel blockage
- Rectum bulge through the back wall of the vagina
- Colorectal cancer
- Anal fissure
Are there ways to relieve constipation?
Making healthy habits a part of your lifestyle can help relieve problems with constipation. Good habits to incorporate in your daily life to help reduce the risk of constipation could include:
- Drinking more water
- Eating more dietary fiber
- Regular exercise
- Avoiding dairy
- Taking prebiotics and probiotics
Certain over-the-counter medications can be a helpful way to relieve constipation; however, we advise consulting with one of our Denver, CO digestive health specialists first because constipation can sometimes be a symptom of a more concerning condition.
What foods are high in fiber?
If you are seeking to incorporate fiber-rich foods into your diet, the following foods are a great start:
- Cooked black-eyed peas
- Cooked zucchini
- Wheatena®, seven-grain bread, whole-wheat bread
- Kidney beans, lima beans
- Whole-grain cereal, hot oatmeal, cold All-Bran®, Total® Bran Flakes
- Acorn squash
- Raw cabbage, raw Brussels sprouts, raw cauliflower, raw spinach, raw carrots, raw broccoli
- Raspberries, peaches, tangerines, apples
After you visit one of our GI providers, we can give you a more extensive suggestion of foods to seek out or avoid.
When should you see a GI provider about constipation?
Most individuals experience constipation at some point in their lives. But constipation that occurs frequently could be an indication of a more serious condition. If you have been experiencing constipation on a persistent basis, please request a consultation with a GI specialist as soon as possible. In addition to being able to diagnose and help manage digestive health conditions, the GI team at Denver Digestive Health Specialists can evaluate for more serious ailments that can sometimes cause constipation. To receive help for constipation in Denver, CO, please contact your nearest location today.
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