Bowel incontinence is the inability to control bowel movements. It's a common problem, especially among older adults.
Accidental bowel leakage is usually not a serious medical problem. But it can seriously interfere with daily life. People with bowel incontinence may avoid social activities for fear of embarrassment.
Many effective treatments can help people with bowel incontinence. These include:
minimally invasive procedures
Talking to your doctor is the...
Water and other fluids such as soup, broth, and juice can also help make your digestion run smoothly.
Water softens stool and encourages passage of waste. It works together with fiber, which absorbs it and helps prevent constipation.
To get more water, drink a glass with every meal. Try to drink 8 glasses a day.
But remember, some drinks are healthier than others. To help prevent digestive problems, go easy on caffeine. Along with alcohol, too much caffeine can cause diarrhea by stimulating your intestines. And, coffee, tea, and fizzy drinks can increase stomach acid, leading to heartburn in some people.
Eat smaller amounts more slowly. Chew your food thoroughly. That way you make your digestive system's job a little easier.