• The cause of dense or hard stools can vary from person to person, but is usually related to one's diet and exercise regimen. There are also other existing conditions that may attribute to dense stools, constipation and irregular bowel movements.


    Dense stools are the result of "dry" and infrequent bowel movements, or less than one movement every 72 hours. Some pain or discomfort usually accompanies dense stools due to constipation.


    Diets high in fats, sugars, alcohol and caffeine products can cause dense stools. Lack of exercise is another factor, as are complications such as diabetes, thyroid irregularity and colon cancer.


    Increase both water and fiber consumption. Adults should consume at least eight cups of water and 25g of fiber daily to maintain regular, healthy bowel movements. Over-the-counter laxatives and stool softeners may also help increase regularity.


    In addition to diet, increasing physical activity to a moderate level may help prevent dense stools. Try exercising regularly at least 20 minutes four times per week.


    Consult a physician if dense stools persist after a change in diet, water and fiber consumption, and exercise. This may indicate a more serious condition.


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