There could be several reasons as to why you are suffering from chronic constipation. Although there is usually no one specific answers, here are some of the more common reasons that people have chronic constipation.
One obvious reason could just be your diet and lifestyle. Living with a poor diet with very little activity can cause chronic constipation.
If you lack fiber in your diet, this may be one of the causes of your constipation. Increase the amount of fiber you are taking in with fiber supplements, which can alleviate your symptoms.
Being dehydrated or not drinking enough water or fluids can also cause chronic constipation. Be sure to drink more water when you are thirsty and do not ignore the urge to go to the bathroom.
If your diet is heavy in meat or dairy products it is best to lower the amounts of those products consumed. The same can be said for too much caffeine and alcohol, so it is recommended that you avoid drinking these.
It is recommended that you should also have at least 30 minutes of physical exercise per day.
Certain medical conditions may increase the risk of chronic constipation, such as hypothyroidism, diabetes, and irritable bowel syndrome.
Be sure to see your doctor or a professional healthcare provider so that they can either treat or rule out these possible conditions.
Medications that you take may also be one of the underlying causes of your chronic constipation. Certain opiate painkillers, tricyclic antidepressants, iron supplements, antacids, and diuretics to help with kidney problems, may cause constipation.
Talk to your doctor if you believe that one of your medications might be causing your chronic constipation. He, or she, may be able to offer alternatives or adjust the dosage amount that you are taking, to reduce the risk of chronic constipation.
Having chronic constipation may not mean that you have any of the conditions, but it is best to see your doctor who can determine what could be the cause of it.
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