I frequently have patients complain about how constipation makes them cranky, bloated, hungry, and overall miserable. Oftentimes they're too embarrassed to talk about the problem until it becomes unbearable.
Researchers find roughly 12 to 19 percent of the population (about 63 million people) suffers from constipation. While it might be common, constipation is definitely not normal, and it can have disastrous consequences.
As a medical doctor, I understand how healthy digestion and eliminating waste once or twice daily—that's daily, not weekly!—becomes critical to your overall health. After all, your liver flushes out toxins and dumps them into your intestines. If they don't leave your body, they get reabsorbed and then nasty things happen.
To get things moving consistently, focus foremost on your diet, which drives most constipation. While chronic stress and antibiotics overuse can mess up your gut, a diet high in processed foods and sugar does more harm promoting constipation.
More specifically, these seven strategies help most patients "get things moving" effortlessly: