Most of us face problems related to pooping at least once in our lives, and of course, more. Although there is no “right” number of how many times you poop, it has been found that less than three bowel movements a week could be a sign of constipation. For some of us, our morning cup of tea or coffee helps us poop easily. But if you are facing problems with your bowel movements, evacuating your bowels is necessary to avoid further problems.
The clogging of your colon might happen in many ways. While some of you might not feel the need to poop, some of you might find it painful to clear your bowels. Some could experience abdominal pain while pooping and some could also run a risk of hemorrhoids or anal fissures.
Most of the time, we do not know the exact reason why we suffer from constipation. However, it has been found that a few weird factors might be responsible for making it difficult for you to poop easily.
1. Resisting The Urge To Poop
When we are caught in back-to-back classes, appointments, and meetings, we need to resist the urge when we feel the need to poop. However, putting brakes on our bowel movements frequently can lead to constipation, and if you are already suffering from constipation, it might even get worse.
Our brain sends the message that we need to poop only when the last part of our intestine fills up with stool. If we don’t clear it at that very moment, our gut continues to draw the fluid out of it until it is there, and this turns the stool hard and dry. This leads to constipation and makes it difficult for us to poop the next time.
2. Intake Of Iron Supplements
When we suffer from iron deficiency, we are advised to take iron supplements by the physician. These supplements should always be taken with anti-constipation medicine as iron supplements can make it hard for us to poop. This is due to the high iron concentrations in iron supplements that slow down our colon’s motility.
We must always aim to get our daily requirement of 8 mg of iron a day through food that is rich in iron instead of iron supplements. Foods that are high in iron content are beans, raw bananas, lean meats, and seafood.
3. Intake Of Calcium Supplements
Like iron, too much consumption of calcium too can affect the movement of food through the digestive system. This, in turn, makes the stool hang around too long, giving the gut the opportunity to suck the fluid out of it for long, which results in making the stool hard and dry.
It is important for us to fulfill our daily requirement of 1,000 mg calcium, and this can be done by consuming dairy products, grains, and other foods that are high in calcium content. However, if we still need medical help, calcium citrate is a better alternative to calcium carbonate as the latter makes it more difficult in clearing your bowels.
4. Low Fiber And High Fat Diet
The science classes in school always talked about maintaining a balanced diet to stay healthy. Those golden words, if followed regularly, can help us a lot in staying disease-free. If you have been eating too much fat and low amount of fiber, you are doing bad to the motility of your gut.
Fiber is very important because it helps us in trying to go. This is due to the drawing of water into the gastrointestinal tract by fiber-rich foods. This results in the bulking up of stool and making it easier to evacuate.
Depression can lead to constipation, and this is not a myth. A study done in Iran found that 33 percent of patients with constipation screened positive for depression as well. It might be due to the reason that depression slows down the processes in our body, and this also includes the transit time in our intestines.
It also might be due to the fact that depression impacts our lifestyle in various ways that could end up clogging up our colon. Sometimes you do not eat properly or eat differently in depression, sleep erratically, take anti-depressants which cause constipation, and even feel too unmotivated to reach the toilet when the urge comes. These factors altogether contribute to making it difficult for us to poop easily.