Do you suffer from chronic constipation? If the answer is yes, then you should drink up.
One of the main causes of chronic constipation is dehydration. The reason why? Because drinking enough water keeps your bowels soft and supple. It also helps keep the food we eat moves through the intestines and ultimately allows food waste to leave the body. If you’re body does not have enough water, then it will become hard and difficult to pass stool.
What causes dehydration?
dehydrated when you’re body is getting rid of more fluid than it is absorbing. When you breathe, sweat, urinate and have a bowel movement, your body is getting rid of fluid. If you do not drink enough to replenish your body with the necessary amount of H2O, then your body is not working properly. Let’s talk about tips to stay hydrated in a minute.
How much water should I drink?
The Institute of Medicine recommends that women drink 9 cups (2.2 liters) of water a day. For men who recommend 13 cups (3 liters) per day.
It is important to note that the body of each person is different. Depending on your lifestyle, body size and general health, you may need more or less than the recommended amount. Next to listen to your body, talk to a doctor about the amount of water you should drink in a day.
Tips to hydrate
- always carry around a water bottle and keep refilling it throughout the day. You must have to refill your water bottle several times.
- drink a glass of water with each meal
- Drink more water when you exercise
- Drink more water when you are out in hot weather
- Coma water (see below)
Eat your water
Along with drinking water, you can also increase your intake of H2O from the food you eat. A lot of fresh fruits and vegetables have an extremely high water content, which helps to hydration. Check out the infographic below for a list of popular foods with a high water content.
to avoid: When you are dehydrated
Not all drinks will help keep you hydrated. If you are dehydrated you should stay away from alcohol and caffeinated beverages, such as coffee, tea and caffeinated soft drinks. These drinks are diuretics, which means they rid the body of water.