To prevent and treat constipation, it is very important to include a lot of fibre in your diet. Fibre are substances present in the cellular wall of vegetables, which act by increasing faecal volume, which in turn increases the reflex stimulation that activates the peristalsis that pushes faeces to the last portion of the large intestine (the colon). Moreover, fibre retains liquid, which makes faeces softer and expelled more easily.
What is peristalsis?
The digestive process works constantly to provide our body with the nutrients it needs. Peristalsis is an important automatic process that happens in the body in which the muscles present throughout the whole digestive system are contracted and relaxed in a co-ordinated manner in order to mix foods with digestive liquids, pushing waste material until they are ready to be expelled.
Constipation can present itself when peristalsis fails and waste is not expelled normally.
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