Smoking tobacco and using nicotine, wreaks havoc on the digestive system. Heartburn, liver disease, peptic ulcers, Crohn’s disease and gall stones are just some of the ailments that cigarette smokers and nicotine addicts will suffer from.
Upon quitting smoking, the digestive system undergoes a radical period of healing. Because of this, the digestive functions of your body may become unsettled as they become accustomed to a life without nicotine and tobacco smoke.
For many quitters the outcome is constipation.
Constipation should peak relatively early, within the first few days, and be back to normal after 2-3 weeks. If constipation last longer than this, or doesn’t begin to ease after a few days, there may be additional factors at play. Meaning you should consult your doctor.
Note: Symptoms will vary if using Nicotine Replacement Therapy or Medication.
Five Quick Tips for Managing Constipation When Quitting Smoking.
- Drink as much fluid as you comfortably can. Warm teas and highly concentrated fruit juices can assist.
- Eat plenty of fruit. Prunes are a great natural laxative.
- Exercise can also help, even if just a short walk.
- Consult your health professional regarding medicinal laxatives and stool softeners.
- When sitting on the toilet, raise your feet using a small step or foot stool.