Feeling backed up suddenly? There are various reasons why this can occur, from lifestyle factors to medications and illnesses. While constipation isn’t considered to be a rare problem, it certainly isn’t a comfortable topic to discuss for many people. However, knowing what exactly is causing the problem will help clear things up. Here are 12 sneaky reasons as to what might be causing you to feel constipated.
12. Sitting Too Much
Our modern sedentary lifestyle affects more than just our waistlines, according to Atif Iqbal, MD, a gastroenterologist and medical director of the Digestive Care Center at Orange Coast Memorial Medical Center. Sitting for long periods of time can definitely take a toll on your colon, thus causing constipation. Try taking breaks and getting up and walking around for a few minutes.
11. Dairy-Heavy Diet
Calling all cheeseheads! It turns out eating loads of this delicious food is one of the biggest reasons for constipation, Dr. Iqbal says. All dairy products have the ability to clog you up, but cheese is one of the biggest digestive troublemakers, not only because it’s inherently constipating, but also because people eat more cheese than healthy fiber-filled options. According to a study from Imperial College London, fiber contains an “anti-appetite molecule”, meaning you will eat less.