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How do I know I’m Constipated?

Experience difficulty passing stool: the number one symptom of constipation is the difficulty passing stool. This can happen for many reasons. You could be dehydrated, you could have overused laxatives, you could have too much stress in your life, you could have too little fiber in your diet, you could lead a lifestyle that is too sedentary or you could have too many toxins clogging up your lymphatic system. No matter the reason for your constipation, if you are experiencing slow bowels or have not experienced a bowel movement in more than a day, you could be constipated and should seek treatment.

Irritability

Since constipation is uncomfortable, you will probably experience feelings of irritability as one symptom. Even if you are not feeling the physical effects of constipation, you might still feel irritable because your body is out of sync and because your intestines are holding on to the toxins that should be passing through your rectum.

Skin problems

Since toxins would normally exit your body through your lower intestines and out your rectum, when you’re constipated, your body ends up holding on to these toxins. Skin problems, like cystic acne are caused when you’re eating too many foods high in saturated fats and your body cannot flush the toxins associated with these foods from your system. Cystic acne, unlike regular acne, starts within your system instead of with external sources like dirt on the surface of the skin. This type of acne can ooze a green or yellow puss that smells foul.

Bloating and Weight Gain

One of the first symptoms you might feel during constipation is bloating and weight gain. When your body holds on to your stool and you’re unable to release extra waste, sometimes that additional waste can weigh up to 10 pounds! All that extra stool in your colon can make you feel as though you’re retaining water because your colon will extract any additional water from your stool.

Also, the added waste in your colon often feels similar to water gain. One of the greatest benefits from finding treatment for your constipation is the release of all that displaced water and waste.

Hemorrhoids

Since you might feel the urge to go to the bathroom when you’re constipated to try to release the pressure on your colon, you can end up putting too much stress on your rectal muscles. Hemorrhoids are swollen veins in your anus that can protrude from the anus when you push too hard trying to go to the bathroom. Hemorrhoids can feel like small worms protruding from your anus and can be extremely painful. When not treated properly, hemorrhoids can become inflamed and even burst. If your hemorrhoids have not subsided in a day or two, try an over-the-counter medication. If your hemorrhoids still persist after a few days, contact your doctor.

Foul odor

Since your body holds on to toxins during constipation, all the toxins that should be exiting your body through your waste end up circulating back through your system. This can create a foul odor that you will probably notice—and that others might notice too. The bacteria that is stuck in your intestines can rise to your skin’s surface and exit through your pores.

Headaches

One of the results of strained muscles and dehydration is also headaches. If you’re experiencing headaches with one or more of these other symptoms, you might be constipated. You may want to start treatment by increasing fluids.

Constipation can be an uncomfortable and a painful experience. If you’re experiencing a difficulty passing stool combined with one or more symptoms, you should try to move a little more, eat more fiber and increase your water intake. If you still experience these symptoms after a few days, you should seek medical treatment.