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Physical Therapy May Help Kids With Constipation

Simple posture and pelvic muscle exercises paired with potty training may be a real help for children who suffer from constipation, Reuters reports. The news focuses on a small study of children with “functional” constipation, which can be caused by psychological and neurological issues.

While these children received specific exercise training for their problem, this affirms studies that I’ve reported on with adults, that regular exercise of all types can help reduce constipation. The movement helps increase the motility in your digestive tract and can stimulate the urge to have a bowel movement.

Since constipation is one of the most common bowel problems, impacting up to 19 percent of the U.S. population, it’s important to know how to prevent it, so you don’t have to worry about fixing it. One of the primary causes of constipation has to do with your diet, particularly if you're eating a diet high in processed foods and low in fiber. A diet high in fiber — 20 to 30 grams a day — from fresh whole fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds goes a long way to helping you “go.”

Other things you can do is eat foods that help “reseed” your body with the good bacteria needed to help your gastrointestinal system work. In this instance, fermented foods get your gut microbes in shape. Also, when you feel the need to “go,” don’t wait. The longer the stool sits in your colon, the more water is removed and the more difficult it is to pass.
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