You're on medication
Certain medications, especially opioid pain relievers, cause blockage. Some supplements also contribute to constipation by slowing down your gut's motility:
- Opioids, including codeine, morphine, Percocet, Vicodin
- Iron or calcium supplements
- Diabetes and Parkinson's meds
- Blood pressure treatments
- Antacids like Imodium and Pepto-Bismol
Laxative dependence can also lead to constipation. The occasional laxative can be helpful, but don't let your body rely on laxatives to poop. If your meds are preventing regular BMs, talk to your doctor.
Depression, pregnancy, and digestive disorders may also cause constipation. In these cases, your doctor can help you figure out the best approach to improving your bowel function. Remember, healthy living is the first step to healthy poops!
How to cure constipation
Knowing what causes your constipation isn't nearly as good as knowing how to cure it. The best fix for constipation is to eat a lot of fiber, drink a ton of water, and get regular exercise.
Stress, travel, and a busy lifestyle send healthy bowel movements out of whack. Make a conscious effort to reduce your stress, and whether you're traveling or just feel nervous in public bathrooms, set aside time to go to the bathroom. It sounds a little ridiculous, but if you don't stick to a schedule, you may wind up preventing your body from functioning normally.