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Constipation means infrequent or difficult bowel movements. It is a common disorder that is often described as the transition of small, hard stools; the feeling the rectum has not completely been emptied, and straining during defecation. 

Constipation often occurs when digested food moves too slowly through the digestive tract. As a result, the body removes (absorbs) too much water from the stools, causing them to become hard, dry and difficult to pass.

What causes constipation?


Constipation arises if you have a problem that affects your colon in one or more of three key areas:

  1. INTAKE: what you eat (e.g., food, water, fibre)

  2. TRANSIT: how quickly stool moves through your colon

  3. OUTLET: how stool exits your body

FOR MORE INFORMATION:   Check out the Canadian Digestive Health Foundation

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