Causes of Occasional Constipation

The causes of occasional constipation can be as diverse as the people who suffer from it. A digestive system that isn't functioning properly does not necessarily signal unhealthy habits or lifestyle, but some bad habits could contribute to the causes of constipation.

Some common causes of constipation include diet, stress, travel, lack of exercise, or any other changes in your daily routine that can affect your digestive system. Sometimes constipation can be caused simply by a slower digestive system.

In today's 24-hour world, some causes of constipation can be difficult to avoid. With a busy schedule, it is easy to resist the urge to go to the bathroom. Sometimes you miss the opportunity entirely. The unfortunate result: postponing a bowel movement may actually contribute to irregularity.

Some medical conditions as well as various medications and some nutritional supplements can also contribute to constipation.

Some Medications & Dietary Supplements That May Cause Constipation:

  • Iron supplements
  • Calcium supplements
  • Narcotic analgesics
  • Antacids
  • Anticholinergics
  • Medicines that dehydrate your system
  • Antidepressants
  • Antihypertensive drugs (medicines for high blood pressure)
  • Anti-Parkinson's drugs
  • Antispasmodics
  • Anticonvulsants

If you are taking any of these medicines or supplements and experiencing constipation, consult your doctor.

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