What Helps Constipation?

Drinking enough water can help when you have constipation-predominant Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS-C)

How Does Water Help with Constipation?

WaterDrinking an appropriate amount of water means that there is enough bulk in your chyme (the partly digested food that is moved from your stomach into the duodenum at the beginning of your small intestine) to move along your intestine.  It needs to be smooth and bulky in order to be moved through the small intestine where nutrients are absorbed and onto the large intestine where solid waste is packaged up and eventually released.

Water is responsible for 2/3 of your body weight.  The Department of Health suggests a daily intake of 1.2 litres of water each day.  Your body needs 2.5 litres of water a day to support all the work done by your cells and to allow you to remove waste.  1 litre of that required water comes from your food, and 0.3 litres is recovered by chemical reactions within the cells of your body.

The Mayo Clinic recommends that women drink 2.2 litres and men drink 3 litres of water per day.  But it really does depend on how much fluid is in your food. You can also get your daily water through herbal teas.  Don’t count soft drinks, black tea and coffee in your overall tally of daily water consumption.

A good way to check your hydration levels is to notice your urine.  If it is dark in colour and you’re not passing much when you go to the toilet, you need to drink more water.

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