How bowel movements can predict this risk

Lower bowel movement frequency is associated with a risk of developing several vascular and non-vascular illnesses. This relationship may be expected, especially because most patients with cardiovascular disease are more likely to be constipated.

 What to look out for

  • Loss of appetite
  • Less mobility or physical activities.
  • Reduced fluid intake

If there’s any way to reduce the risk.

I recommend easing yourself from constipation by;

  • Hydrating with fluids, more so plain water.
  • Eating more soluble and non-fermentable fiber for easier bowel movement.
  • Exercise frequently to keep your stool moving.
  • Eat probiotic foods or supplements to raise stool consistency and frequency.

Ieva Kubiliute is a psychologist and a sex and relationships advisor and a freelance writer. She's also a consultant to several health and wellness brands. While Ieva specialises in covering wellness topics ranging from fitness and nutrition, to mental wellbeing, sex and relationships and health conditions, she has written across a diverse range of lifestyle topics, including beauty and travel. Career highlights so far include: luxury spa-hopping in Spain and joining an £18k-a-year London gym. Someone’s got to do it! When she’s not typing away at her desk—or interviewing experts and case studies, Ieva winds down with yoga, a good movie and great skincare (affordable of course, there’s little she doesn’t know about budget beauty). Things that bring her endless joy: digital detoxes, oat milk lattes and long country walks (and sometimes jogs).

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