Why am I constipated?

stefan carrying stool
Stefan hard stool
When you eat, food passes from your stomach into the small intestine where most of the nutrients are absorbed. It then travels down into your large intestine (colon). Here, remaining nutrients and water are absorbed before the stools are passed out of your body.

If you have constipation, it’s usually because your stools are moving too slowly through your colon. Too much water is absorbed from the colon and your stools end up hard, dry and therefore difficult to pass.

Normally, your poo is about three quarters water, with the rest being mostly undigested solids including fats, protein and food residues.

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What causes constipation?

Constipation in adults may be caused by lifestyle factors, medical reasons or as a side effect of certain medications.

Common lifestyle causes of constipation include:

  • Low fluid intake
  • Low fibre intake
  • Lack of regular exercise
  • Ignoring the urge to go
  • A change in routine or diet
  • Travelling
  • A period of illness (particularly when bed rest is required)


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