Here are the main causes of constipation

Here are the main causes of constipation

Constipation refers to bowel movements that are infrequent or hard to pass.

The stool then comes out hard and dry.

Many factors can cause a person to suffer from constipation and some of them can easily be prevented by changing hygiene habits and lifestyle.

According to Harvard Medical School, the following are the  common causes of constipation:

Lack of exercise- People who exercise regularly generally rarely develop constipation because the colon responds to activity.

Good muscle tone in general is important for regular bowel movements since the abdominal wall muscles and the diaphragm all play a crucial role in the process of defecation.

Changes in life or routine- A lot of traveling  disrupts normal diet and daily routines.

Aging also affects regularity by reducing intestinal activity and muscle tone and pregnancy may cause women to become constipated because of hormonal changes or because the enlarged uterus pushes on the intestine.

Ignorance–  It is advised that you should heed if you have the urge to go to the toilet.

If you hold in a bowel movement, for whatever reason, you may be inviting a bout of constipation.

People who repeatedly ignore the urge to move their bowels may eventually stop feeling the urge.

Lack of fiber and fluids in the diet–  A diet lacking enough fiber, fluids and too high in fats can contribute to constipation.

This is because fiber absorbs water and causes stools to be larger, softer, and easier to pass.

Other causes include neurological disorders such as Parkinson’s disease, spinal cord injury, stroke,  multiple sclerosis, metabolic and endocrine disorders, such as hypothyroidism, diabetes, or chronic kidney disease, bowel cancer, and diverticulitis.

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