Causes of Constipation

Doctors do not always know the exact causes of constipation. In addition to being uncomfortable, can be a troubling risk factor for hemorrhoids, diverticulitis's and more serious intestinal problems. Eating a poor diet, not drinking enough water, or using laxatives too often can be causes. Also, some medicines can lead to constipation. Specially in elderly people such as antidepressants, antacids containing aluminum or calcium, antihistamines, diuretics, and anti Parkinson's drugs.

People who live alone sometimes lose interest in cooking and eating. As a result, they start using a lot of prepared and junks foods . These foods tend to be low in fiber, and so may lead to constipation. In addition, bad teeth can cause older people to choose soft, processed foods that contain small amounts of fiber.

Most of the time, constipation in a school-age child is due to a diet that doesn't include enough water and dietary fiber, which both help the bowels move properly. Kids who eat a typical fast-food diet - rich in fats (burgers, fries, milkshakes) and processed sugars (candy, cookies, sugary soft drinks) - may find that they're constipated more often.

Sometimes, medications like antidepressants and medications used to treat iron deficiencies can lead to causes of constipation. In babies, constipation can occur as they transition from breast milk to baby formula, or from baby food to solid food.

People sometimes do not drink enough fluids. This often is true when people are not eating regular meals. But water and other liquids are important. They add bulk to stools, which helps make bowel movements easier.

Supplements for Digestive Health

  1. Drink plenty of fluids – at least 8 glasses (preferably of water) a day.
  2. Eat at least 40 grams of fiber a day. A high-fiber cereal (more than 8 grams of fiber per serving) plus generous amounts of vegetables, fruits and legumes is especially important for avoiding constipation.
  3. A fiber supplement may also be helpful. Make sure to drink plenty of water when you use these products.

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