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Medications, being out of your routine and not getting enough exercise can all cause constipation. Seasontime/Shutterstock

Had constipation? Here are 4 things to help treat it

One in seven Australians report symptoms of constipation, which might include hard stools, straining to poo, or having fewer than three bowel motions a week. These four things can help.
Strange coloured poo is usually due to the food we’ve eaten, medication we’ve taken, or the processes involved in breaking down what we ingest. Nomad_Soul/Shutterstock

Why is my poo green?

Poo can come in a range of colours, including green. Most of the time there's nothing to worry about, but there are a few signs it's time to see your GP.
When you’re constipated, you have hard or lumpy stools that are difficult to pass. Shutterstock

Health Check: what causes constipation?

Constipation can occur when there's a delay in digested food passing through your body and being expelled. It can also happen when your poo is too hard, often because it doesn't contain enough water.
Human poo is a concoction made up mostly of water with a sprinkling of the solid stuff. from www.shutterstock.com

Your poo is (mostly) alive. Here’s what’s in it

Around 75% of our faeces is made up of water. The other 25% is the good stuff, including bacteria, viruses and undigested food.
Defecation duration is surprisingly similar throughout the mammal world. Elephant image via www.shutterstock.com.

Physics of poo: Why it takes you and an elephant the same amount of time

New parenthood got our fluid dynamics experts thinking about what ends up in the diaper. They headed to the zoo and the lab to come up with a cohesive physics story for how defecation works.

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