It’s not clear why women suffer constipation more often than men. Scientists suspect that reduced bowel activity could be a side effect of the female hormones oestrogen and progesterone, which relax the muscles and calm womb activity during pregnancy.
Just like your kids your digestive system also needs clear rules: to help him establish a healthy routine, best try to eat at regular times where possible and add more fibre to your meals – for example with wholemeal pasta or rice, salad, or vegetables. Add fruit as a healthy snack to keep you going and you’ll be on the right track. Also important: make sure you drink enough. But prepare for the awful truth and better avoid alcohol – fruit juices and juices mixed with fizzy water; tea and coffee are better choices.
Think men shouldn’t talk about their problems? Your stomach and bowels see things differently. When you’re worried or stressed, your digestion also suffers. Better talk to your friends and family about it and work out a solution. And if work starts to gain the upper hand again, just remember: nothing is more important than your health.
You might have guessed: As with females, the classic symptoms of constipation in men are stomach pain, blood in stools, trapped wind and hard, dry poo. Other warning signs include unexplained weight loss, frequent sickness, paleness and a family history of colon cancer or chronic inflammatory bowel disease.
You don’t have to become a musclehead, but a little workout never hurt anyone – just make sure it’s a regular occurrence. If that’s difficult, start small – a little exercise in the fresh air, relaxed sport with friends or a bike trip at the weekend. You should also integrate a defined time for your daily visit to the toilet into your routine – this then becomes habit and helps you go regularly.