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3 Uncommon Causes of Constipation

When the human body is working in top form, it truly is something to behold. Our bodies are filled with many different systems, that when healthy, all work in harmony to provide us with the energy we need to sustain life.

We have the cardiovascular system that transports nutrients, oxygen, and hormones throughout our body. We have the nervous system that is a network of nerve cells and fibers that transmit nerve impulses between parts of the body. And we also have the digestive system (to only name a few) that is responsible for converting food into energy and basic nutrients, and then expelling the waste. But this begs the question, what happens when something goes awry with one of your system, and for the purpose of this article, we will be looking at specifically what may happen if your body cannot expel the waste byproducts it amasses from food?

When a person can’t poop, it is referred to as constipation, and if you ask anyone who has suffered from it, they can tell you that it isn’t a pleasant feeling. For the most part, there are certain proactive things a person can do to avoid constipation.

These include:

  • consuming a minimum of 25 grams of fiber a day from fruits, vegetables and whole grains
  • drink lots of water
  • maintain a healthy and active lifestyle
  • eat fermented foods, such as sauerkraut, kimchi, prebiotic and probiotic foods like yogurt.
  • avoid smoking, greasy foods and skipping meals

Sadly, for many people, in spite of all of these proactive measures, they still may find themselves a little ‘backed-up’. If you find yourself in this category, it might be time to start investigating other avenues as the cause of your discomfort.

Check Your Thyroid

While not commonly associated with one another, the thyroid (more specifically the master gland in the thyroid) is not producing the hormones it needs, the bowels can slow down as a result. Weight gain, fatigue, and sluggishness are all signs of constipation as well as a thyroid problem, and by talking to your doctor, coupled with the right medication and diet, your poop problems will be a thing of the past.

Medications and Supplements

On the whole, medications and supplements can be very good for the body, especially when properly prescribed by a medical professional. However, the physiology of the human body changes constantly and thus comes in the importance of monitoring all the things you put into your body. While this might take some time to figure out the culprit, it might be advantageous to sit down with your doctor and discuss your options while you ‘fine-tune’ your doses.

Chocolate

We can hear the heart’s breaking of people across the country as they read this one. Fortunately, this doesn’t apply to everyone, for when it comes to chocolate, especially dark chocolate, it can either have people running to the bathroom or wishing they could. If you indulge in a little cacao here and there and find yourself battling with constipation, it might be time to reevaluate your favorite treat.