Why can’t I poop?
Experiencing occasional constipation is normal, for instance, while traveling or after surgery. But what if it becomes chronic?
We’ll learn some steps you can try to overcome chronic constipation, but first, let’s take a look at some of the leading causes:
Leading Causes of Chronic Constipation
- hidden food allergies or sensitivities
- insufficient food or water intake
- a diet that lacks fiber and is high in the refined carbohydrates, sugar, and white food products
- gluten-free products that include lots of rice, corn starch, or tapioca, all of which can cause constipation
- lack of adequate gut flora from antibiotic use
- lack of exercise and poor abdominal muscle tone
- low hydrochloric acid or other digestive enzymes
- sympathetic dominance from too much stress
- vertebrae that are out of alignment and require chiropractic care
- low thyroid function
- jammed ileocecal valve
Remedies To Try For Chronic Constipation
- Increase vegetable fiber in the diet (see below)
- Avoid gluten-containing grains and too many gluten-free products that aren’t “whole foods.”
- Aim for 30 g of fiber a day. Check out the fiber chart below.
- Drink at least 80 ounces of water a day.
- Eliminate all dairy products. They are very constipating.
- Add 1 to 3 tablespoons of ground flaxseed oil to food or drink every day
Constipation Remedy Recipe:
- 1 – 3 Tbls ground flaxseed
- 1/4 cup puréed prunes
- Up to 4 Tbls apple cider, adding enough to make a thick paste
Take 2-3 tablespoons every evening.
Great Sources Of Fiber:
- ½ cup chickpeas, 17 grams
- 1 cup lentil, boiled, 15 grams
- 1 medium artichoke, steamed, 10 grams
- 1 cup baked beans, 10 grams
- medium pear with skin, 8 grams
- medium apple with skin, 5.5 grams
- 1 cup broccoli, steamed, 5 grams
- 23 almonds, 3.5 grams
- 1 cup brown rice, cooked, 3.5 grams
- 1 cup strawberries, 3 grams
- 1 small potato with skin, 3 grams
- 1 medium banana, 3 grams
- 48 pistachios, 3 grams
- 1 raw carrot, 1 gram