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Causes of Constipation

Constipation is difficult painful and infrequent bowel movements. In many cases, constipation is harmless, however, the toxins in our body are not being thrown out and over the period chronic constipation can lead to variety of diseases and disorders. Constipation is a state and can be easily be avoided by following simple home remedies. Effective Ayurvedic remedies are available for its prevention and treatment.

There is no exact cause for constipation and several factors contribute for hardening of human excreta leading to irregular bowel movement. The undigested food is converted into faeces and stored in the rectum to be thrown out. To maintain the moisture, it draws the body fluids from the body and hence sufficient water and fluid. consumption is very necessary to prevent constipation.

There are mainly two types of constipation-

  • Chronic constipation
  • Acute constipation.


Chronic constipation can last for months or years. It's usually caused by poor diet, by underlying diseases of the alimentary canal, or due to bad toilet habits such as ignoring the urge to go to the toilet, incomplete defaecation etc.

Acute constipation starts suddenly and lasts for a few days. It can be caused by a blockage, prolonged inactivity, medication, dehydration, or missing a bowel movement. Certain medications such as antidepressants, antiepileptic drugs slow down the passage of faeces through the intestine causing acute constipation.

What causes constipation?
Deficiency in consumption of water and fluid and faulty dietary habits are few of the prime causes of constipation. The other reasons for constipation include, certain diseases or conditions such as gastrointestinal tumour, hypothyroidism, irritable bowel syndrome, colon cancer etc. can experience constipation of varying degree.

  • Simple remedies to avoid constipation The important remedies to avoid constipation include good balanced nutrition, consumption of leafy vegetables, ample of water to drink, warm food and good sleep. One must refrain from cold meals, junk food and excessive tea and coffee.
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