Constipation is when you go to the loo less often or you strain when you do go – caused by stools being hard and small.
Straining can not only be painful but it can also cause bleeding or swollen veins in the anus known as haemorrhoids or piles. If you’re bleeding regularly or your constipation lasts more than two weeks, see your GP! Constipation can also produce stomach ache and cramps, bloating, nausea, headaches, a furred tongue, tiredness and depression.
Make sure you get enough fibre from vegetables, pulses and wholegrain cereals – there’s no fibre in animal products! Drink one to two litres of water a day and exercise regularly.
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