Our expert says:
Firstly it is completely normal for individuals to only have a motion once or twice a week. You need to determine what your body's biorhythm requires. By forcing your colon to work when it does not want to because your mind say 'I have gained a kg and this is due to not having a bowel motion' you are probably interfering with your own biology. Stop linking your weight to your bowel movements. The weight you lose when you take a laxative is in any case water, not really bulk. So listen to your own body for a change and if your metabolism allows you to have normal bowel movements every 2-3 days (no straining or hard, dry stools), then relax and allow your body to dictate its own tempo. If you clicked on 'Diet' at the top of this page and then on '‘You are what you eat' and "Healthy GI tract' you will have accessed the articles that explain how to increase your dietary fibre intake - follow these instructions. Also read about probiotics and try taking 'Bifidoflora or Bifidoforte' (buy at health shop) to normalise your bowel motions. If you do not manage to have a normal, soft bowel motion about 2-3 times a week you can try Agiolax which is a mild laxative which does not disrupt your normal peristalsis. One of the most important factors in spastic colon is stress and anxiety. From what you write it appears that you are tense and worried about things, so do try and relax. Start doing yoga or deep breathing to combat the stress because excessive stress makes the bowel movements either speed up or slow down.
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