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HEY!

This is a strange question but a problem I've had for a long time. I get told to do ab and core strengthening exerises to help push the blood up, but everytime I do ( and this has gone of for years) I get really constipated :) It's VERY uncmfortable, and I don't know what to do, should I just stop the exercises?

thanx,

Madeline

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So much for the theory that exercise cures constipation.

What kind of exercises are you doing? Are you depriving your bowels of blood to the extent that they slow down?

From what I understand, slow-transit constipation can result from excessive sympathetic tone. Remember, the opposite of "fight or flight" is "rest and digest." So if you get a "fight or flight" response every time you stand up or even when you are just sitting up, your sympathetic tone is probably too high for you to "rest and digest."

What do you mean by "constipated" anyway? Just infrequent, or uncomfortable, too? Would a stool softener help? Ask your pharmacist.

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