Wouldn't it be great if our bodies really were like clockwork and our digestive systems stayed regular no matter what? Unfortunately, that's not how it works because stress, traveling, and diet changes can cause constipation. Eating enough fiber (25 to 30 grams a day), drinking plenty of water, and exercising can help keep you regular, but eating certain foods and drugs can get in the way. Everyone's body processes foods differently, so check out this list to see if what you're eating is clogging you up.
- Bananas: These do contain about three grams of fiber per piece of medium fruit, but they're also known for their binding properties. If you have diarrhea, bananas are recommended as a cure, and eating too many can cause constipation.
- Dairy products: For some, too much dairy such as cheese and ice cream can prevent regularity.
To find out what else can lead to constipation, read more.
- Processed foods: When these flours are refined, the fiber is stripped away from the grain. Eating foods such as these that are low in fiber can bind you up. Opt for breads and other baked goods made from whole grain flour and not enriched flour.
- Rice: While it's a healthy whole grain, it falls in the same binding category as bananas. Certain varieties contain more fiber than others, so opt for brown rice, brown basmati, or Chinese black rice.
- Certain medications: Pain prescriptions (codeine and oxycodone), antidepressants, iron supplements, and antacids that contain aluminum such as Amphojel and Basaljel can cause major constipation. If this happens, ask your doctor about alternatives.