Constipation is most often caused by a low-fiber diet, lack of physical activity, not drinking enough water, or delay in going to the bathroom when you have the urge to defecate. Always try to have a bowel movement when the urge is present.
Other times, a pregnancy, an underactive thyroid, mental health problems or medications may be the reason for your constipation. More serious causes, like colon cancer, are much less common. Stress and travel can also contribute to constipation or other changes in bowel habits.
For instance, when we travel, we really enjoy trying local traditional food. This changing in food habits could determined a sudden unexplained constipation. So make sure you’re drinking enough water in your holiday to help pass the stool. Your meals should include some little friends like: vegetables, fresh fruits, dried fruits, and whole wheat, bran, or oatmeal cereals. These are excellent sources of fiber. Don’t avoid them and your digestive system will thank you.
But if you know you haven’t changed your regular habits and you have a sudden unexplained constipation with abdominal cramps or severe abdominal pain, my advice for you is to call the doctor. The doctor’s advice is more important than any laxative as laxatives usually only make your bowels lazier.
You can also try some yogurts with bifidus regularis. Don’t be reluctant because of their name. These yogurts taste really good and come in several different flavors. If you are not lactose intolerant or allergic to fruits I would give it a try.