constipation causes

Constipation Causes

How constipation develops

Your digestion is like a high-precision machine, which needs the right fuel and environment: Normally, your food is moved along the digestive tract by muscle contractions. During this process, water and nutrients are removed from it in the large intestine. If your food contains too little fibre, you don’t drink enough or you don’t get enough exercise, the stool moves through your intestines more slowly. This leads to too much liquid being removed and your stool can become dry and hard. This is constipation, and it can be painful and create serious discomfort.

Types of constipation

Being constipated for short periods once in a while is nothing you should worry about. However, if you experience ongoing constipation symptoms for greater than six months with no underlying cause, then this is known as primary or functional constipation. This may include lifestyle influences such as, low fibre diet, too little liquid being ingested or a lack of exercise. Secondary constipation is caused by medical conditions or medical treatments. If the secondary cause is eliminated, the constipation will most likely disappear.

Various causes

Best news first: You’re not alone. Constipation is both a widespread and a complex condition. That is to say, in most cases there is no single cause. The cause is likely to be a combination of things that have an impact on the digestive system and lead to constipation as a result, for example a poor diet, too little exercise, stress, or side effects of medication.