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Constipation Causes That You Should Know

Posted Sep 11 2009 4:57pm

Constipation is one of the most embarrassing and irritable situation that we face in our daily life. It occurs when we have fewer than three bowel movements a week. Constipation can occur to anyone. There are several causes of constipation, many having to do with diet. Some common constipation causes are -

Lack of exercise that is a common cause of constipation in the elderly
Lack of fiber food in the diet
Certain diseases and illnesses may also cause constipation, especially those illnesses, such as stroke, that causes improper functioning of your body parts
Constipation is also caused by repeatedly ignoring the bodys urge to defecate
Certain medications may lead to constipation as a side effect
Dairy products like milk and cheese often cause constipation
Lack of fluids results in dehydration and causes constipation
Irregular eating pattern also promote constipation. One can avoid constipation by eating regular meals at around the same time each day
Lack of rest may also result in constipation
Sometimes stress, nervousness, tension, and worry often cause constipation

Medications

In several cases, constipation occurs due to certain medications. If constipation is a side effect of a medication, this should be discussed with your physician. Some medications that may cause constipation are:

Antiparkinson drugs
Anticonvulsants
Pain Medications
Iron Supplements
Diuretics
Blood Pressure Medications
Antidepressants
Antispasmodics
Antacids

Diseases

In some cases, constipation occurs as a side effect of the disease. Some of the diseases that can cause constipation are:

Metabolic and endocrine conditions such as poor glycemic control, hypothyroidism, uremia, diabetes and hypercalcemia
Neurological disorders such as spinal cord injuries, multiple sclerosis, stroke, Parkinsons Disease and chronic idiopathic intestinal pseudo-obstruction
Systemic disorders such as lupus, amyloidosis and scleroderma
Diverticulosis
Intestinal Obstruction
Tumors
Adhesions or scar tissue
Hirschsprungs Disease
Cancer


Other common causes of constipation are lack of healthy diet and physical exercises. It is essential to maintain a healthy diet as well as a regular exercise regimen in order to minimize the chances of constipation and other serious diseases. You should eat a healthy diet on the same schedule each day. Chew your food well so that the digestive system does not have to work harder than is necessary.

Change in your routine or your life may cause constipation. Pregnancy, traveling, periods of high stress or depression, and the natural aging process are other important factors that may cause constipation.

Sometimes constipation occurs when you take laxatives when you are not actually constipated. By taking laxatives when you are not constipated, you are making your digestive system dependent on laxatives in order to complete the natural digestive cycle. So take care of this in order to avoid constipation.

You can avoid constipation easily by listening to your body, eating a healthy diet, exercising regularly, and in general, doing everything you can to make it easier for your digestive system to operate normally and naturally.

I hope I have discussed all the major causes of constipation in this article. You can avoid constipation by taking care of some very simple guidelines discussed in this article. So, take care of your diet and live a healthy life.

Disclaimer: This article is not meant to provide health advice and is for general information only. Always seek the insights of a qualified health professional before embarking on any health program.

About the Author:
Nick Mutt is an active writer on alternative health and has published many ebooks on natural health. You can find information on Home Remedies for Constipation at http://www.home-remedies-guide.com.

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