Constipation causes

This page presents a few lists of constipation causes sorted in different areas, types of constipation and environment.

Foods and Nutrition Causes

  • Eating bad food combinations (combination containing meat, sugar, flour, glucose, fruit, bread, cooked sunflower oil, milk products)
  • Eating fruit with other foods (fruits disturb the entire digestion process when combined)
  • Eating too much sugar, sugary drinks and sweets (sugar is hard to digest because it absorbs large quantities of water and damages intestinal lining)
  • Drinking often carbonated sugary drinks and carbonated alcohol (carbonated drinks irritate the intestinal tissues in the small intestine)
  • Eating too much sweets based on flour and oil (cookies, biscuits, bread, baked sweets)
  • Eating fast food without vegetables (meat, bread, potatoes and soda combined, transform as a sponge in the intestines, that absorbs all water around that area)
  • Eating hard to digest foods like cheese, meat and oil without vegetables (insoluble fiber helps move these hard to digest foods)
  • Not eating enough vegetables (soluble and insoluble fiber from vegetables are the best for a good intestinal transit)
  • Not eating fibers contained in fruits (fruits have to be eaten only on an empty stomach to extract all the vitamins and good fibers that help constipation)
  • Not eating food in intervals of 3-4 hours (this is the optimal time for any meal to be digested properly, especially meat)
  • Any snack eaten between these 3-4 hours intervals after a meal, disturbs the present digestion process of the food already eaten and forces it to move towards elimination or to stay blocked.

Read more about [foods for constipation] and how to eat them.

Psychological causes for constipation

  • Long periods of stress (school, college, examinations, admissions, jobs, social environment, medical issues)
  • Long periods of anxiety (family, school, jobs, medical issues)
  • Long periods of depression (career, emotional state, family, hobbies/interests, self-fulfillment, jobs, toxic family relationships, toxic love relationships)

Physiological constipation causes

  • Sitting on a chair for long periods of time 5-8 hours (studying, working, driving, being sick, facebook)
  • Not practicing sports on a regular basis (running, basketball, football, swimming, tennis, hockey, all kinds of sports)
  • Lack of walking and hiking (for people who can`t do sports, walking and hiking are the best ways to help intestinal muscle movement)
  • Lack of basic gymnastics (at least once a week: crunches, pushups, squats, stretching)
  • Being lazy (not having the mood for doing anything)

Read more about [exercises to relieve constipation].

Medical causes for constipation

  • Irritable bowel syndrome (intestinal tissues irritation)
  • Intestinal issues after colonoscopy or enema (scratched tissues, lack of intestinal mucosa)
  • Intestinal irritation (after long periods of consuming alcohol, carbonated sugary drinks, sugary foods and hard to digest foods)
  • Intestinal obstruction
  • Digestive bleeding
  • Intestinal polyps or tumors (situated in the large intestine)
  • Hemorrhoids
  • Obesity (layers of fat compress intestines in different areas making it difficult for stool movement, water hydration and muscle movements)
  • Pregnancy (hormonal changes or having uterine compression on the intestines)
  • Slow metabolism and slow intestinal activities (most common to obese and elderly people)
  • Slow muscle hypotonia.
  • Lack of intestinal muscle movement (due to lack of exercise)
  • Lack of water in stool (elimination of water entirely)
  • Hard rotten stool blocked in the intestines for long periods of time
  • Diarrhea and heatstroke. (water elimination for long periods of time)
  • Frequent use of drugs (off the record: although some help constipation, the frequency of using them creates dependency and that`s extremely dangerous)
  • Body exhaustion (after sports, work, travelling)
  • Food poisoning (ropy foods eaten turn to rotten stool)

Read more about [constipation medicine].

Symptomatic constipation causes

  • Ano-rectal affections: anal fissure, anal stenosis, prolapse, perianal abscess, rectocele, tumors.
  • Colonic affections: irritable bowel syndrome, diverticulosis, tumors, stricture, Crohn disease, ulcer-haemorrhage rectocolitis, colonic ischemia, tuberculosis, hernia, volvulus, endometriosis
  • Pelvic causes: pregnancy, postpartum, uterine tumors, ovarian tumors, endometriosis tumors.
  • Neuromuscular diseases: Hirschprung disease, autonomous neuropathy, Chagas disease, pseudo-intestinal obstruction, cerebral tumors, cerebral-vascular accident, tabes, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson disease, dermatomyositis, les.
  • Metabolic diseases: diabetes, uremia, hypercalcemia, hypothyroidism, feocrocitom.
  • Mental diseases: depression, nervous anorexia.

Medication causes

  • Excess of laxatives (can create dependency if we don`t use them properly)
  • Excess of anti-depressive medication
  • Excess of antibiotics
  • Allergy to certain medication

Natural causes

  • Air pollution.
  • Long periods of heat or drought.
  • Living in an noisy area. (leading to stress)
  • Chemical pollution. (forces our body to consume all reserves of minerals and vitamins)
  • Lack of green spaces (parks, woods, natural reservations where we need to visit from time)
  • Exposure to viral diseases and pest holes when living in a very dense area. (buses, trains,metro, subway, kindergartens, schools, high-schools, malls, hospitals)

Read more about [natural constipation remedies].

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