Quick Five At 5: Five Causes of Constipation
Constipation brings out a funny weird part in so many people when they try to empty their bowels, it most commonly occurs when waste or stool moves too slowly through the digestive tract, causing it to become hard and dry (Hard and Dry being the key words that cause the havoc).
The experience is never a funny one, God knows what some people will look like if they are ever caught on camera while dealing with this phase.
Weather it occurs often, weather you have never expirienced it, today at 5, we decided to share five causes of constipation that you might be oblivious of.
1.Blockages in the colon or rectum
Any form of obstruction in the bowel may slow or stop stool movement. some of the causes include:
- Anal fissure
- Bowel obstruction
- Colon cancer
- Narrowing of the colon (bowel stricture)
- Rectal cancer
- Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD)- There are two types- Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis
A number of studies have stated that there might be a higher risk of constipation for people who are chronic users of pain relievers like aspirin and ibuprofen. According to Health, “Painkillers, specifically narcotics, can cause constipation. A lot of receptors for the narcotic class of drugs are in the digestive tract, so it tends to bring everything to a halt,” says Thomas Park, MD, a gastroenterologist with the University of Rochester Medical Center Park in New York. “In general, it’s a good idea for everyone who’s placed on one of these drugs to also place them on a gentle laxative like a stool softener.”
3. Lack of high-fiber foods (Too much dairy)
Lack of foods like fruits, vegetables, and whole grains can cause constipation, especially a diet high in cheese and other low-fiber/high-fat foods such as eggs and meat can slow down your digestion.