5 Surprising Causes of Constipation

Chocolate and constipation
 

What causes constipation? Well, the obvious answer include not drinking enough water, a low fiber diet, a lack of physical activity or ignoring the urge to go. But it might be something else. Here are 5 possible causes of constipation you may not have considered.

1. Hypothyroidism
Hypothyroidism slows the body’s metabolic processes. But lets make it clear. Not everyone with an underactive thyroid has constipation, nor do all cases of constipation mean that the butterfly-shaped gland in your neck is underperforming.

2. Chocolate
For some people a chocolate is a laxative, but some researches revealed that chocolate can cause constipation. Eliminate or cut back on chocolate if you think it could be causing your constipation.

3. Antacids
Antacids are great for fighting heartburn, but some can cause constipation, particularly those containing calcium or aluminum. Fortunately, the drugstores offers you some other options, if one medication is a problem. And consuming more fiber will help prevent both problems.

4. Childbirth
Constipation is common during pregnancy, but childbirth itself can be a problem, possibly due to the use of pain relievers or an anesthetic during the delivery.

5. Vitamins
Vitamins in general won’t cause constipation, but certain components, such as calcium and iron, can be a problem. That’s why, many doctors recommend a combination between iron and stool softeners to counteract the constipation effect.

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