9 Reasons You're Constipated
Constipation is one of the most uncomfortable digestive issues. Unfortunately, it is a very common issue that can lead to bloating, stomach pains, and general discomfort in your daily life.
Everyone suffers constipation and digestive issues from time to time but it’s important for regular sufferers to find the cause of their issue. Here are nine reasons you may be constipated!
Chronic stress affects hormone and neurotransmitter production, which subsequently causes muscle tension and inflammation which harm the digestive system. Given that over 3 in 4 people experience stress that impacts their physical health, this is one of the more common reasons for constipation.
Incorporating more relaxation techniques and healthy eating habits ( i.e. chewing slowly, not eating in front of a screen, etc.) can help limit digestive stress.
Many of us go on vacation ready to eat, drink and relax. This often includes eating and drinking many new foods. Although this sounds attractive at the moment, our bodies sometimes reject unfamiliar foods, causing constipation and bloating.
When traveling, try and stick to your normal routine to minimize digestive issues!
Food intolerances can lead to constipation among other digestive problems, such as diarrhea. When your body doesn’t respond well to lactose, you may notice that milk consumption causes blockages. Or in severe cases, even eating cheeses may cause struggles.
Get tested for intolerances and think about switching to lactose-free foods or avoiding lactose entirely.
Functional gastrointestinal disorders are often linked to eating sugary foods. Sugar does very little to aid the digestive system while they also lack ingredients needed to promote healthy digestive systems and regular bowel movements.
Reduce the consumption of processed foods and added sugars --focus on whole foods.
Lack of Fiber
Fiber is an essential part of a healthy diet because it helps bulk up your stools. While this may sound counterproductive, it is actually essential for collecting the waste toxins, which will subsequently enable you to pass feces regularly and with far less struggle than when you lack fiber.
Try adding fiber-filled foods to your diet or start incorporating Resistant Starch to your routine to overcome this cause of constipation.
Lack of Water
Dehydration of the colon is a common cause of constipation.If you’re not drinking at least 2-3 liters of water per day, it will lead to issues for your digestive system. Aside from constipation, you will find that nutrients aren’t absorbed and waste toxins aren’t effectively removed.
Find a water bottle you love and bring it with you everywhere in order to increase your water intake!
Hormone irregularities will significantly impact the body’s general functions. Hypothyroidism, caused by under-active thyroid glands, can lead to constipation as it slows the body’s natural processes. Other imbalances caused by autoimmune diseases will also negatively impact your bowel movements.
In this instance, seeking professional medical advice is advised.
Chronic digestive issues such as IBS will lead to continued problems until you find a management strategy. While those who suffer from IBS will have varying symptoms, corrective treatment to target these underlying chronic issues is the most effective.
Many people have found that Functional Medicine is the gold standard for managing IBS.
Constipation can be a side effect of various medications, including sedatives and antidepressants. Antibiotics prescribed for various physical health complaints may also cause negative responses in the intestines and digestive system.
It’s important to clean up your diet and begin to repopulate your gut with Probiotics.