Foods That Cause Constipation – The Things to Be Avoided

December 13th, 2007

Constipation is often the result of a poor diet. It is important that you eat a healthy diet that consists of foods that help your digestive system to work properly. It is just as important that you avoid foods that cause constipation. Since constipation is something that can affect anyone, it is important for you to know what foods are beneficial to the prevention and treatment of constipation and what are the foods that cause constipation so that you can limit or avoid the intake of these foods.

A Healthy Diet in Constipation

It is essential, not only to your overall health, but also in the prevention of constipation that you eat a healthy diet and exercise regularly. A healthy diet consists of fresh fruits and vegetable, foods high in fiber, and foods that provide Omega-3 fatty acids. Your healthy lifestyle should also include planning your meals and maintaining a daily schedule for eating. Eating on a schedule will help your digestive system to stay on a regular schedule, which will aid in the prevention of constipation.

Foods to Avoid in Constipation

There are many types of foods that cause constipation. You should limit or eliminate your intake of these foods in order to prevent the onset of constipation symptoms. While constipation can occur in anyone and is not a serious illness, repeated bouts of constipation can lead to more serious illnesses. Sometimes constipation is a side effect of a medication or illness. If you are taking the medication or suffer from an illness that may involve constipation as a symptom of the illness, you should try to avoid foods that make the risk of constipation higher. Here are some common foods that cause constipation:

* Milk
* Cheese
* Ice Cream
* Chips
* Pizza
* Instant mashed potatoes
* Pastries
* Cakes
* Cookies
* Fried Foods
* Processed Foods
* Wheat-based Foods
* Red Meat
* Dried Beans

In order to help prevent constipation you should avoid or limit your intake of dairy products, foods that are high in fat content, foods that are high in cholesterol content, and processed foods. Prepared meals that come in boxes is one type of food that causes constipation.

Overall Health

It is important for your overall health to eat a healthy diet and exercise regularly. Avoiding constipation should be a part of your healthy lifestyle. You should learn what foods cause constipation and try to avoid them altogether – or limit your intake of these foods.

Maintaining a regular exercise regimen will help build the muscles in your intestines and will allow these muscles to work properly in the digestion of food. Chewing your food slowly and sufficiently will also help in the digestive process. Leading a healthy lifestyle and aiding your digestive system in the natural process of eliminating waste from your body not only helps you to feel better, but can also aid in preventing more serious illnesses that can be caused by repeated bouts of constipation.

You should be very careful when it comes to laxatives. Before you begin taking laxatives, you should know the difference between constipation and your body’s natural digestive schedule. Constipation occurs when you have less than 3 bowel movements per week. Remember that not everyone has a bowel movement each day, and in many cases, this is normal. Each person’s body has it’s own individual schedule.

If you start taking laxatives in order to make your digestive system perform according to what is normal for other people, you are increasing the chance that your digestive system will become dependent on laxatives in order to process waste from your body. Upsetting the natural process of your digestive system can cause more frequent bouts of constipation, which could lead to more serious illnesses. Being aware of your own body’s natural schedule and learning what foods cause constipation so that you can limit your intake can help in allowing your body to naturally process waste and improve your overall health.

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    13 Responses to “Foods That Cause Constipation – The Things to Be Avoided”

    1. farty girlon 01 Mar 2008 at 5:28 am

      I don’t agree with the beans and the wheat products, at all. I’ve had IBS-C for years, and those are two foods that I consume daily to keep me regular. In all of my reading, doctors suggest wheat and beans for those with chronic constipation. I’d love to know who you are reading, in case I’ve received misinformation! 🙂

    2. IBS Help Nowon 16 Apr 2008 at 12:25 pm

      Hi David,

      I just started a blog on IBS and as a fellow sufferer who is happily living a normal life, I wanted to share some of my tips and stories. I added your blog to my blogroll and was wondering if you would do the same? It will add value to both of our blogsl

    3. rosieon 02 Aug 2008 at 1:21 pm

      A really well written blog. I am surprised at some of the foods that cause constipation, now I know what to avoid.

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    5. Randion 02 Jul 2010 at 4:38 am

      I eat fruit and high fiber most of the time. i eat very little dairy and NONE of the foods on your list. I have a SERIOUS constipation problem. What other causes are there besides foods?

    6. ipinon 13 Jul 2010 at 5:35 am

      how about the fruits? what kind of fruit that cause constipation?

    7. IBS veggieon 11 Sep 2010 at 8:48 am

      Hi.

      What is it about DRIED BEANS that causes constipation? I try to eat a whole foods diet and prefer dried to canned. What is your reference for this information?

      Thanks!

    8. constipation charityon 10 Oct 2010 at 9:45 pm

      The most common cause of constipation is a diet low in fiber. Fiber is found in vegetables, fruits, and whole grains. It is the soluble and insoluble part of the fruits, vegetables, and whole grains that the body cannot digest. Soluble fiber dissolves easily in water and takes on a soft, gel-like texture in the intestines. Insoluble fiber passes just about unaltered through the intestines. The bulk and soft texture of fiber help prevent hard stools from forming.

    9. Constipation reliefon 18 Oct 2010 at 4:58 am

      Seems like the best treatment for constipation is prevention, and natural laxatives should be only a short term slution to constipation

    10. andriaon 22 Apr 2011 at 8:51 pm

      Please explain how it is possible that wheat products are listed in both foods that cause constipation and foods that relieve constipation???? Typical of online information…flawed and inconsistent

    11. nvlheumon 23 Sep 2011 at 12:29 pm

      I love beans, but they do not love me. I get very constipated whenever I eat beans. Beans are so good for you, so I am saddened that I cannot eat them.

    12. Shannonon 25 Oct 2011 at 5:51 pm

      You forgot to add potato chips,tortillas and corn chips to the list.
      I avoid all breads,baked goods,cheeses,meats,ice cream,milk and frozen foods.
      I live on healthy cereals,tuna fish,veggies,beans,soups,healthy fruits and salads.
      Also drink plenty of water! So important
      I get anal fissures when I have to push hard to have a bowel movement.
      I’ts been 5 months and my rear end is still stinging!
      If it’s not from the earth or water. DON’T EAT IT
      STAY CLEAR OF DRIED BEANS AND DRIED FRUITS!!!! Will constipate you so bad!!!
      Good Luck

    13. Mike Serotaon 26 Oct 2011 at 10:53 pm

      I forgot to add both corn and bananas to the list.