Everyone has suffered through constipation at one time or another. In fact, a recent study published in the American Journal of Gastroenterology suggests that the number of people visiting the emergency room in the U.S. is going up, costing about $1.6 billion in 2011. The inability to “go” is not only uncomfortable, but it can also come with health risks including hemorrhoids and fecal impaction. While laxatives are your best bet for treating constipation, what can you do to prevent it?
Q: I have chronic constipation and I depend on laxatives. Are there any lifestyle changes that I can make to improve my digestion?