Constipation is a condition of the digestive system that makes it hard for the sufferer to pass their bowels. In layman’s terms, you can’t poop.
- In a majority of cases, constipation occurs because the colon has absorbed too much water from the fecal matter that is in the colon, leaving it dry and hard. A dry and hard bowel is much harder to pass than a bowel movement that contains more water.
- If your diet is too low in fiber, you could suffer from constipation. Common foods that are low in fiber: fatty foods, milk, cheese, meat, and eggs.
- An irregularity in your routine or diet, example: traveling.
- Old age. There is a correlation with older age and episodes of constipation.
- Lack of exercise, movement, or mobility.
- An improper or overuse of laxatives. Laxatives are effective for disposing of the bowels, but if they are overused, your body can build a tolerance or perhaps an addiction to laxatives which could cause constipation when you are not using a laxative.
- Not passing a bowel when your body wants to, leaving more time for the colon to absorb extra water from the bowel movement.
- Certain medications can cause constipation as a side effect.
- Eating disorders.
- Not consuming enough water: dehydration.
- Many diseases can cause episodes of constipation. A few examples: Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis, colon cancer, diabetes, lupus.
- Antacid medicines that contain calcium.
- A majority of the time constipation will pass without any big risks to your health, but will probably been painful when passing the actual bowel.
- Using a laxative will usually treat constipation, but you must be careful to use them exactly as directed.
- Changing your diet or exercise routine can help prevent further issues. A high fiber diet will usually help prevent this: eat plenty of fruits and vegetables.
- Try to set apart enough time to completely pass your bowels every time you have too. By not passing the complete bowel, you run the risk of the remaining feces to lose more water.
- If your case is causes abnormal amounts of pain or bleeding, it is best to consult a doctor.