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What Foods Can Cause Constipation
Can protien cause constipation,or small amount of dairy,or ensure cause it? What foods can cause constipation?
Absence of fiber...: ...is probably the big issue here. But, to answer your question about foods that have a binding effect, you may want to minimize: chocolate (particularly if you have Irritable Bowel Syndrome), large amounts of dairy (milk, cheese), red meat, bananas (& other high pectin foods), caffeine (particularly if you're already dehydrated). ...Read more
Low fiber: And not enough fluids especially if much of your fluid intake is caffeine and or alcohol both of which dehydrate and constipate. Excess foods with calcium or iron such as cheeses and dairy products can constipate. Even if you ate the right foods but didn't drink the correct amount and types of fluids you could get constipated. Fluids are critical! stop the caffeine! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Many Issues Interact: Emotions, too sedentary, dehydration, too little fiber, etc. Etc. & in combination. Intestinal muscle motion totally under nervous system control (subconscious) 24/7. Thus 1 of biggest drivers of intestinal changes is emotions expressed into intestines, e.g. “nerves”/nausea before test as child/teen. Internal control dominant. Being very physically active tends to dramatically ?? constipation. ...Read more
IBS or more?: Irritable bowel syndrome (ibs) is a condition associated with abdominal discomfort, altered stool pattern, & among others accompanying nausea, bloating, gasiness. Often improved by stooling, ibs is defined by changes in perception of gut distension, motility, sensation. Diet & emotional stress may contribute. Ibs is a diagnosis of exclusion--first rule out inflammation, ischemia, infection, etc. ...Read more
Wide variety: Ibs symptoms: abd pain, often diarrhea , alternating with constipation. Some are sensitive to carbohydrates in milk (lactose), fruit (fructose), other carbs in veggies like onions, artichokes, broccoli, grains, beans. Some are sensitive to alcohol, temp of foods, i.e. Cold, chocolate, fat content, carbonated beverages. Some are affected by menstrual cycle, stress, emotional triggers. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes: Some can. In particular, rice cereal, bananas, potatoes, bread, cheese and pasta tend to be more constipating. Try to offer oatmeal cereal instead and more high fiber foods. Fruits and vegetables can help. Pureed prunes and pears are helpful for young babies. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Genes/Meds/Religion: Alcohol is metabolized by alcohol dehydrogenase. This enzyme is found in all humans but varies depending on sex and race. People with low levels - young females and those of asian descent may have typical red flush when drinking. Medication interactions are another important reason for intolerance. However, in the western world religion is probably the leading cause of alcohol intolerance. ...Read more
Some circumstances: Indigestion describes an upset stomach; constipation relates to infrequent stooling. There is little likelihood of a cause & effect relationship. However, many patients with indigestion reach for remedies that may be constipating (e.g. Calcium or aluminum-based antacids). Also, global dysfunction of transit through the gut would result in both symptoms due to a slow emptying stomach & colon. ...Read more
Try this: Dryness causes constipation, not the reverse. 2 things prevent constipation in the normal human, adequate fiber (fruits and grains) and adequate hydration (water). This is why grandmas love prune juice. There is no danger to constipation and no danger to moderate use of remedies such as enemas or suppositories. If frequently constipated despite trying the above see a doctor! Stay healthy! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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