Constipation is a common digestive issue that occurs when you are unable to pass more than 3 bowel moments in a week. It is a painful ordeal that can be caused due to a host of surprising reasons. Read on to learn more.
A Low Fibre And Meat Rich Diet
Meaty protein-rich diets are all the rage these days. They can, however, come with the unfortunate side effect of causing chronic levels of constipation if not paired with the right amount of fibrous fruits, whole grains and vegetables.
Consumption Of Processed Foods
While fibrous foods can greatly help in easing constipation, processed grain products like white bread can have the opposite effect and worsen your constipation. Avoid foods heavy on starch, sugars and fat as they contain no fibre and take a long time to pass through your bowel.
High Caffeine And Alcohol Consumption
While coffee can be a bowel stimulant in small doses. Large amounts of caffeine and alcohol are extremely diuretic (stimulates the passing of urine) that can leave you dehydrated and cause severe constipation in the process. Make it a habit to drink lots of water to counteract the side effects of these substances.
A Sedentary Lifestyle
Do you frequently have trouble with your bowel moments? Exercise can help! Exercise can improve digestion by speeding the passage of foods through your intestines. Make it a habit to exercise for at least 30 mins daily to relieve your constipation.
Irritable Bowel Syndrome and Constipation
Constipation can also be caused in part due to conditions like irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). IBS is a digestive syndrome caused due to abdominal infections, stress and anxiety. You can use a mixture of diet, exercise and stress management to get relief from IBS related constipation.
Stress and Anxiety
Have you recently been stressed at work or suffered from an anxiety or panic attack? These mental stresses (Generalized Anxiety Disorders) can manifest in physical symptoms like constipation and insomnia and require a combination of counselling and medication for therapeutic relief.
Side Effects of Medication
Constipation can also be a side effect of prescription medication for other illnesses. Make it a point to avoid consuming medicines without a proper prescription and contact your physician immediately if you experience side effects like constipation.
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