Champix & Constipation

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Champix can cause constipation as one of its negative side effects. Although constipation can be embarrassing and uncomfortable, there are ways of relieving the pain and tension through natural means.

What is constipation?

Constipation is when stool passes through the large intestine too slowly so that the large intestine takes out all of the water. Consequently, you experience painful or dry stool which is difficult to excrete, making you feel drained, uncomfortable and bloated.

What can I do about it?  

Luckily, there are a number of natural methods to help release you of constipation. One very simple rule is making sure you go to the toilet when you need to, but the main way is by changing your diet. There are some key changes which can be made to your diet to help you deal with constipation, including having more:

  • Fibre – it helps stool pass through your digestive system
  • Water – dehydration can be the cause of constipation, so it is important to stay hydrated
  • Exercise – your digestive system stays healthy and functioning with a good daily amount of exercise

The list may seem short and simple, but implementing more of these into your diet can make a big difference.

All about fibre

Fibre is a carbohydrate which is found in plant-based foods. However, it is different to some carbohydrates as fibre passes through your digestive system easily which helps to form softer stools. As a result, stools are passed through your bowels easier.

There are many foods which provide your body with fibre, such as fruit, vegetables and grains. Foods with lots of fibre include:

  • Fruit: apples, pears, peaches, oranges, prunes
  • Vegetables: broccoli, cauliflower, spinach, zucchini, brussels sprouts
  • Grains: kidney beans, lima beans, whole grain cereal and bread

There are certain foods to avoid which increase your chance of constipation comprise of: pizza, ice cream, meat, cheese, processed foods, etc.

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