To simplify our approach to an extremely complex question, we may distinguish two types of problems linked to intestinal transit: evacuative constipation, which is attributable chiefly to difficulty in eliminating accumulated feces from the rectum, and slow intestinal transit, which is caused by reduced intestinal motility.
It is important to distinguish between the two types of disorders, since they concern different tracts and functions of the intestine and therefore call for different treatments.
It is essential that we correctly evaluate the problem and take targeted action, because maintaining the natural balance of our intestine is fundamental to general health and wellbeing.
Constipation can be recognised by symptoms, such as a feeling of incomplete emptying of the bowels, feeling of anal “blockage,” the need to make several attempts to evacuate during the day, or repeated evacuation of small stool. In this case, the goal is to promote evacuation, and products with a local stimulating and lubricant effect can help.
Reduced frequency of evacuation, lack of the urge to defecate and small or hard stool are signs of slow transit. In these cases, in addition to a healthy lifestyle and a balanced diet, a product that stimulates bowel movement can be useful.