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Health Effects Associated With Chronic Constipation and Foods That Help Relieve It

Chronic Constipation

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  • Fifteen to 20 percent of the general population experience chronic constipation, characterized by hard, dry and difficult to pass stools, and/or having less than three bowel movements per week
  • Chronic constipation has been linked to several serious health problems, including diverticulitis, kidney disease, certain cancers, hyperthyroidism, Parkinson’s disease and more
  • Squatting when defecating, getting regular exercise and eating a fiber-rich diet of real food can go a long way toward remedying the problem. Certain foods can also be used to relieve constipation and help keep you regular

By Dr. Mercola

Estimates suggest anywhere from 15 to 20 percent of the general population experience chronic constipation, characterized by hard, dry and difficult to pass stools, and/or having less than three bowel movements per week.


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