The following are some of the most common causes of constipation:
1) Diet – Eating too much sugar or fatty foods such as fried food, cakes, biscuits etc.
2) Stress – Being under stress may cause your body to produce less natural chemicals which affect the intestines.
These chemicals may lead to constipation. You need to relax yourself before going out for a walk in nature or even sitting down at home.
3) Exercise – Exercising too hard or long term may cause stomach cramps and diarrhea.
Try to avoid strenuous exercise for one week before trying it again.
4) Alcohol – Drinking alcohol can make you feel dizzy, tired, sleepy and irritable.
If you drink too much alcohol, then try not to eat anything after midnight. Then you will get better results from drinking alcohol than if you just do nothing!
5) Smoking – Smokers often experience diarrhea because they don’t flush their bowels properly.
They also tend to cough up blood when coughing due to the effects of smoking.
6) Overworking the Bowel – Working excessively hard all day long can result in constipation.
Try to rest at least three hours every four days and go for a walk instead of working overtime.
7) Not Drinking Enough Water – Not drinking enough water can lead to dehydration.
Try to drink at least 2 liters of water per day.
8) Medicines – Some medicines such as antibiotics, painkillers or steroids can cause constipation.
Always speak to your doctor before you stop taking any medicine.
9) Not Going To The Toilet – This is a very common cause of constipation.
The longer you hold on, the bigger the “logs” get until they are difficult to pass.
10) Hormones – Some women notice a drop in their bowel movements during pregnancy. This is because of the hormones affecting bowel movement.
Now that you know how to have a better bowel movement, you may want to learn more about how to prevent constipation. Or you may want to learn more about how to get a good nights sleep.
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