Constipation is one of the most common problems related with stomach disorders. Millions of people all over the world suffer from constipation and keep finding remedies for constipation relief. In fact chronic constipation is a serious problem which affects nearly 20 percent of the population of US.
Constipation is a stomach disorder which makes the life of the sufferer miserable. It makes you feel bloated; it causes headache; it produces gas and keeps your energy level down. Many people remain irritated as long as they face constipation problem.
There are different stages of constipation one of which is chronic constipation.
Though constipation may appear a very simple problem for others, chronic constipation may even cause death if it is ignored and not treated.
What is Chronic Constipation
For different people it may have different meaning. Some people may call it chronic constipation when they are able to pass stool only once or twice a week and when this condition persists for months. Some people may call it chronic constipation when they find it very difficult to pass stool in a day or two.
Some people may have the urge or need to have a bowel movement but they fail to pass stool no matter how long they sit for it. Some people suffering from chronic constipation pass very hard stool and small stools once in a day or two.
If you would be aware of the causes of constipation or the causes of chronic constipation, you can overcome this problem easily. Given below are 11 causes of chronic constipation.
1. Sedentary Jobs
In today’s world most people are compelled to do sedentary jobs. When you sit for long hours in front of your computer or desk to accomplish your task your digestive system becomes weak. Your digestion and blood circulation becomes poor. This leads to constipation in the long run.
When you are unable to pass stool easily even once in a day, you suffer from constipation problem. But when this problem persists for more than 6 months, it is said to be chronic constipation.
2. Lack of Physical Activities
Due to busy schedule or due to laziness many people do not exercise regularly. If you involve into physical activities such as swimming, dancing, walking for nearly 45 minutes daily you don’t need to do any other exercise. But many people do not even indulge themselves in such types of physical activities.
Thus lack of physical activities means the gut would be too slow. Eventually time for transit of faeces as well as water absorption increases which hardens the stool and you are unable to pass the stool easily.
3. Psychological Issues
Despite exercising regularly or eating healthy diet many people may suffer from chronic constipation. The reason behind their chronic constipation is psychological matter. A lady who is combating sexual harassment in her office may develop chronic constipation.
If a child is separated from his/her any one of the parents due to divorce or death he/she may develop chronic constipation. Fear of losing your near ones or fear of losing your love may also develop chronic constipation.
People who are insecure about their jobs and who are always scared of losing their jobs may also suffer from chronic constipation. Despite drinking plenty of water and involving into physical activities, such people can develop chronic constipation.
It is one of the major causes of chronic constipation. Depression is a condition when your nervous system becomes weak and you become deficient in B Vitamins and Omega 3 fatty acids etc. A person with weak nervous system also faces digestive problems and many other health problems such as sexual problems.
A depressed person loses interest in drinking plenty of water; he/she loses interest in taking care of his/her health and do no eat diet full of fiber, Vitamin C etc. A depressed person loses interest in physical activities and avoids playing, dancing or roaming which weakens his/her digestive system and thus causes constipation which gradually converts into chronic constipation.
5. Spinal Cord Injury
If there is any problem with your spinal chord or it has been injured you may suffer from chronic constipation.
6. Low Fiber Diet
People who consume diet low in fiber usually suffer from constipation which gradually converts into chronic constipation. Fiber is very essential for your digestive and for the smooth passage of the stool.
When you eat foods rich in fiber, insoluble fiber remain indigested which pass through your digestive tract smoothly and along with it, it also pulls and pushes toxic materials and waste materials present in your intestine.
Thus your digestive tract remains clear and you don’t suffer from constipation. But many people eat processed foods, oily foods and junk foods which hardly contain fiber. This leads to the development of chronic constipation.
You should eat green leafy vegetables such as spinach, cabbage, oatmeal, apples, oranges, apples (with skin), grapes etc to prevent constipation. It is recommended that an adult should consume at least 30 grams of fiber daily to prevent constipation.
7. Less Consumption of Water
Water plays vital role in digestion and excretion of waste materials from your body. You need to drink at least 10 to 12 glasses of water daily but many people drink very less water. This eventually causes constipation which slowly turns into chronic constipation.
8. Side Effects of Medicines
Some medications do cause constipation as their side effects and such type of normal constipation gradually develops into chronic constipation. Hence you should talk to your doctor if you realize that the medicines you are taking are causing constipation.
9. Tea and Coffee
Tea and coffee consumed in moderate quantity do not cause constipation but many people consume tea and coffee in excess quantity. This leads to chronic constipation because coffee and tea contain caffeine which causes your body to loose more water through urine.
When you loose water through your urine your system tries to absorb water from the faces to compensate the loss of water. This makes your stool hard which eventually becomes difficult to pass out.
This is a very painful condition so people suffering from piles avoid going to loo for defecation due to the fear of pain. The more they delay the more their stool becomes hard which gradually develops into chronic constipation.
Diverticulitis is another major factor which causes chronic constipation. If you suffer from constipation, first try home remedies to cure constipation but if you do not get relief, seek medical help.
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