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Female-only Constipation Problems

While most women would cite painful periods as one of the greatest discomforts and inconveniences they have to endure, another uncomfortable side effect of the time of the month is constipation.

What's the reason behind this?

Our body starts secreting a hormone called progesterone about a week before the period comes, which causes the colon to absorb more water content from food in the digestive tract.

This can lead to hard and dry stools, and thus constipation. Keep this problem at bay with these tips:

1. Dietary Fiber

Sufficient dietary fiber – both soluble and insoluble – can help prevent constipation.

Foods such as seaweed, enoki mushroom and banana contain soluble fibers, while most root vegetables and greens contain non-soluble dietary fibers

2. Magnesium

Magnesium is a mineral that facilitates the movement of the digestive tract. Food that is rich in magnesia includes kelp, seaweed, brown rice and wheat.

3. Probiotics

Probiotics can improve bowel movement and correct constipation issues. Even though foods such as yoghurt, kimchi and miso contain probiotics, much is killed off by the acid in the stomach since it's too acidic.

If you want your body to absorb probiotics properly, you can get some help from supplements formulated to survive high stomach acidity.