20 Foods That Can Cause Constipation

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Constipation is a common problem where people find it difficult to have bowel movements. Constipation medically is defined as less than three bowel moments per week. If a person has less than one bowel movement per week, they are considered to have severe constipation. Symptoms of bloating, gas, or pain passing bowel movements may accompany constipation.

What foods cause constipation?

Just as there are many foods you can eat to help prevent or relieve your constipation, there are foods that can have a binding effect that can make your constipation worse. These are 20 foods to avoid when you are constipated.


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Consuming a lot of dairy products can contribute to constipation because the lactose in dairy can cause increased gas and bloating. This can make you feel even worse if you’re stopped up.

Refined Sugar

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A diet high in sugar consumption can lead to obesity, diabetes, and heart disease. Sugar can also affect your colon and contributes to inflammatory bowel diseases like Crohn’s and IBS. It may also increase your risk of developing colon and rectal cancer. Watch your sugar intake and drink water instead of soft drinks or sweetened juices.



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