Constipation: Common Causes

Constipation is usually caused when the stool moves too slowly through the large intestine.  If more than three days pass without a bowel movement, most of the water is absorbed by the colon, producing drier stools.  The transit time through the intestines can be slowed as a result of:

  • Poor diet – A low-fiber diet that contains mostly processed food, fast food, and junk food full of trans fats can lead to constipation
  • Imbalance of intestinal flora (Candida)
  • Magnesium deficiency
  • Lack of exercise
  • Lack of fluid intake or dehydration
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome
  • Inflammatory Bowel Disease
  • Heavy metal toxicity
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Stomach acid imbalance
  • Laxative abuse
  • The use of sedatives and antidepressants, which have constipation as a side effect
  • The use of certain prescription medications, which have constipation as a side effect – Check with your pharmacist for medication side effects.
  • Stress
  • Overuse of antacids
  • High blood calcium levels
  • Diabetes
  • Improper circulation
  • Pregnancy
  • Dietary changes during travel
  • Hormonal disturbances
  • Hemorrhoids
  • Psychological issues about moving the bowels – such as avoiding public restrooms
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Neurological or muscular diseases such as Multiple Sclerosis and Parkinson’s Disease

Additional Information about Constipation

  1. Constipation Overview
  2. Common symptoms of constipation
  3. Help me choose a natural and alternative treatment for constipation
  4. Dietary and lifestyle recommendations that may help in the treatment of constipation
  5. Conventional or prescription medications used in the treatment of constipation
  6. Additional Reading for constipation

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