What causes constipation? Well the common culprits include low-fiber diet, lack of exercise, not drinking enough water and repeatedly ignoring the urge to go. But there are also other less common causes of constipation to be aware of.
When the thyroid gland is not producing enough hormones (underactive thyroid gland) the body’s metabolic rate slows down including all processed and digestion as well. However, hot all constipation cases mean that our thyroid is not functioning sufficiently nor all hypothyroidism cases are always constipated.
But generally when doctors see young people having continues constipation they order thyroid tests.
2- Pain Killers.
Narcotics painkillers can cause constipation. Generally the receptors for this class of painkillers are in the digestive tract and they tend to slow digestion down. Therefore doctors usually prescribe gentle laxatives for patients using narcotic painkillers like stool softeners.
Surprising but proven scientifically.
Some studies showed that chocolate can cause constipation even though other studies showed that chocolate can do the opposite and help people have regular bowel movements.
In a 2005 study, people with chronic constipation or irresistible bowel syndrome, were more likely than others who don’t have such problems to say that chocolate as well as banana and black tea worsened their constipation.
4- Laxatives Overuse.
Laxatives work by stimulating the bowl to empty itself, using those stimulant laxatives for a long period of time can develop dependency, meaning that your body won’t function properly without the laxatives.
Stimulant laxatives include Dulcolax, Ex-Lax, Senna and others. Thus it is important not to take laxatives regularly for a long period of time or as your doctor prescribe.
5- Diet High In Dairy.
Diets rich in fat and low in fiber such as dairy products (cheese, yogurt, milk), eggs, meats and processed foods will slow digestion and cause constipation. The simple solution is to cut down your intake of high-fat foods and increase your fiber intake to 35 mg per day at least.
If you are going to have meats and eggs, then it is recommended to mix them with salads, grilled vegetables, whole grains or legumes to ingest more fiber and make it easy for your digestive system to break down the meal.
Antacids are good to relieve heartburn, but they can cause constipation especially the types that contain calcium or aluminum. Fortunately there are many different types of antacids so if one medication cause you problems you can always try another option.
You can reduce your risk of heartburn by cutting down on fatty foods or overeating before going to bed and eat more foods with fiber to solve both problems heartburn and constipation.