What causes constipation?
Constipation is the inability to defecate. Frequency passing stools and the consistency of the feces varies from individual to individual. But, experts, recommend at least 1 bowel movement every day.
Causes for Constipation
There are a number of probable causative factors that could result in constipation:
- The principal cause is consuming a low fibre diet. A diet which lacks in fibre or roughage affects bowel motility. Fibre adds bulk to the feces and aids in easy evacuation. (foods that provide fibre are – whole grains and cereals, fresh fruits, especially oranges, sweet limes, guava, banana and mangoes, salads and raw vegetables). So it is essential to have adequate fibre in the diet for constipation.
- Inadequate intake of water. A minimum of 3 liters of water per day is advocated. Water helps in trouble-free elimination of stools, without the need to strain. It peps up peristalsis. Consequently, step up your intake of fluids and water to about 2 and 1/2 to 3 liters.
- Poor activity level and a sedentary lifestyle greatly contribute to constipation. Light exercise and Yoga is recommended to keep the bowel in good health.
- Certain medications such as – antacids, diuretics, and anesthetics also cause constipation.
- Irritable bowel syndrome is responsible for habitual constipation.