Three Leading Causes of Constipation

Kristi Guillemette | June 20, 2017

Constipation is frequently caused by dietary issues, ranging from inadequate fiber or water intake to a diet of foods that promote constipation. Other common causes of constipation include reactions to medication and overuse of laxatives. Digestive issues related to constipation include abdominal pain, diarrhea and vomiting.

Dietary Issues

Constipation is often caused by inadequate intake of water or fiber. When a person doesn’t drink enough water, the body removes water from the intestines, making stool harder to pass. Plenty of fiber-filled foods allows the body to retain enough water for normal elimination. Fruits, whole grains and vegetables work naturally to prevent constipation. Foods to avoid when constipated:

  • Caffeine
  • Gluten
  • Red Meat
  • Dairy
  • Alcohol

Reactions to Medication

Constipation is a side effect of many common medications, including:

  • Antacids
  • Antidepressants
  • Narcotics
  • Antihistamines
  • Pills containing iron
  • Some sedatives and antihypertensive medications

Overuse of Laxatives

When people use laxatives too frequently, the bowel can come to rely on them, resulting in a loss of muscle function. It’s easy for a reliance on laxatives to result in increasing constipation, which in turn often results in the perceived need for more laxatives.


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