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:
INTAKE: what you eat (e.g., food, water, fibre)
TRANSIT: how quickly stool moves through your colon
OUTLET: how stool exits your body