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Can Eating Nuts Cause Constipation
Overeat/Constipation: Overeating may cause constipation by increasing the intestinal waste. This may lead to improper colon function and distension of the colon possibly affecting the muscle tone and natural peristalsis or wave like motions of the intestine which propel the waste materials towards the anal opening. A well-balanced diet high in fiber and water decreases constipation. See your doctor for an exam. ...Read more
Hello I have not been eating vegtables like I use too, I eat a lot less. Could this cause constipation? It's been going on for about a month
Could: Dietary intake plays a major role in the development of constipation. A change in your diet with fewer vegetables and fiber can certainly increase the chances of constipation. Veggies and fiber can be good for you, . Play detective and eat the right combo of healthy foods best for your digestive system. Best wishes. ...Read more
I haven't been eating well lately and haven't been to the gym in a while. Could this be the cause to my constipation? Any tips on how to fix it?
Heal yourself: You probably have answered your own question. I recommend a good diet with fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. Drink plenty of water and other fluids. Add daily metamucil powder as directed. Add yogurt to your diet 3-4x per week. Certainly you need some form of regular exercise, preferably with some aerobic activity at least 3-4x per week. Avoid chemical laxatives. Good luck. ...Read more
Possible: Pomegranate is a good source of fiber and usually is helpful in people who are constipated, and may help "regulate" their bm's. However, everyone metabolizes food differently, and too much of one thing can sometimes be detrimental and cause the oposite effect, inyour case, ... Too much fiber may constipate you. Find a happy medium with fluids and fiber in an attempt to regulate your stools. ...Read more
Will eating more raw vegetables and fruit help with constipation due to meds?
What foods do better in having a BM?
If meds is cause, solution?
Yes ...: In general, we believe higher fiber foods provide a better substrate for the formation of feces. High-fiber (read the label!) cereal, especially containing bran, is a good choice. Also, beans, high fiber/whole grain bread, dried fruit, berries, nuts, plums/pears, apples, broccoli. Lots of water and exercise also help. Talk with doc about med change, but usually diet changes will work. Good luck! ...Read more
Not really: Though you should look at your diet. Foods which cause constipation are usually the grains:rice, barley, oats; milk; bananas. Lay off of those in your diet for a week and your constipation will probably resolve. As to the fluid retention at 22 you probably don't have kidney disease but you may be on BCPs. These are steroids and as a side effect can cause fluid retention. Talk to your doc about ano ...Read more
Rebound: If u stop it then u get a rebound effect, meaning the fiber is now not pulling h2o from ur body in the colon, & the colon is now reabsorbing h2o. U must remain well hydrated. Ur urine is a good judge, dark is an indicator u need h2o. It should b almost clear, this indicates u r hydrated. Also, if u urinate vey little during the day is a sign 4 more h2o, more often will happen when well hydrated. ...Read more
I know that not getting enough fiber can cause constipation, but can not Eating enough food in general cause conatipation?
Yes: Eating sparsely as well as a low residue diet may cause constipation because of lack of adequate bulk in the diet. If you have a significant change in bowel habits see your physician or a gastroenterologist as colonoscopy would be indicated even as a screening procedure at your age. ...Read more
After eating. How will it take for u to be constipated if that particular food can cause constipation?
No guarantees: Interesting question. Never, is the right answer in most cases. If you are healthy and eating regularly, your body will most likely not get constipated. ...Read more
Starvation?: There is no long-term substitution for a healthy, well-balanced diet. Very simplistically, weight gain is achieved if the individual takes in more calories than he/she burns; weight loss happens when calories burned exceed calorie intake. Diet modification often results in GI & non-GI manifestations, but perhaps you need some guidance. Ask your doctor at this time for a check-up & his/her advice. ...Read more
I wasn't allergic to cheese/milk anytime before now, could I be now? I wonder if I'm eating/drinking too much. Could this cause constipation?
Loud gurgling noises that go constantly before and after eating. I also have constipation which im taking a laxative for. What could be the cause? Help
Before self-treating: Doctors define constipation as stools less frequently than once every 3-4 days. Patients feel they are "constipated" when passing hard or small volume stool, or they feel full ; bloated. Had an x-ray to show you're not blocked? We don't know if your gut is sluggish or your rectum works correctly--these can be tested for (sitz marker study ; anal manometry, respectively). See a GI specialist. ...Read more
Confused. I just read that eating too much fiber can actually CAUSE constipation! How do we know what's "too much", and what's just the right amount?
Fiber constipation: 43 F Confused. I just read that eating too much fiber can actually CAUSE constipation! How do we know what's "too much", and what's just the right amount? ANS: for you the right amount is the amount that does not constipate you or give you diarrhea. Everyone is different. Discuss with your Dr who knows you best. Read uptodate.com for best medial source on web. ...Read more
21yo female. Felt unwell and haven't been eating much. Can constipation cause symptoms of avid reflux and a "trapped gas" feeling?
Can constipation or eating a lot cause anxiety or worsen it? I've had stomach problems and anxiety all week. And im not even anxious about anything
Anxiety and GI: Symptoms are often related. Please see your doc to rule out medical conditions. Anx and GI can be a cycle, like chicken and egg. You may also have a food sensitivity. Great Plains Laboratory has a good food sensitivity lab test. A gastroenterologist is the type of doc to see for GI issues and consulting w/a mental health professional can help. Please don't rely on medication alone. Peace. ...Read more
Been constipatied for about 5 days with harder stools (I am eating GF) Today ended up having a mushy poop. Can constipation cause a mushy poop? Thanks
Yep!: Sometimes there is 'mushy' poop ahead of an impacted, harder portion of stool in the colon. Sometimes the watery, softer poop can 'leak' around the harder, impacted poop. ...Read more
Might eating very small amounts throughout the day cause very few bowel movements or constipation?
Depends: As long as u include fruits, veggies & fiber it should help. Also, u must remain well hydrated. The lower bowel or colon reabsorbs fluid from the toll & if ur body says hey I need water, the colon is going 2 respond by extracting more water & make u more constipated. Well hydrated can b seen in ur urine. If it is dark u need water, hydrate until almost clear. Dietitian consult would b a good idea. ...Read more
Sometimes, lately often I experience really bad cramps/aches in my tummy on right side.
What could be the cause of this?
I have been suffering with constipation all my life. I bloat eating wheat/gluten. Should I get tests done?
Yes: You should see a doctor. Get evaluated and all you're testing. Then you will have a diagnosis and not suffer so much anymore. You need to be free of this issue. So get help ...Read more
My cals/diet is kinda low due to acid reflux. Gi says eating less will cause constipation. He put me on miralax (polyethylene glycol) daily but still low output. Options?
What is the cause of pricking pain in lower abdomen after eating or drinking alcohol? No constipation. I don't eat a lot.
Ignore no symptoms: Abdominal discomfort of any kind is not to be ignored--its a warning sign that something may be wrong inside your abdomen. Please see my many healthtap answers on the subject of what causes abdominal pain. Not all such problems are serious, but you don't want to miss identifying a pregnancy, or finding and treating a problem that can be corrected. Would cut out the alcohol for now though. ...Read more
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