Health Tip: Why Am I Constipated?
(HealthDay News) -- Constipation can mean passing fewer-than-normal stools during a week, or passing stools that are dry and hard, or difficult to pass.
The National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse offers these possible causes of constipation:
Changes in your exercise routine, dietary habits or travel schedule.
Not going to the bathroom when you have the urge to produce a bowel movement.
Being under significant stress.
Lack of fiber or fluids in the diet.
Taking vitamin supplements, especially iron, calcium or some pain-relieving medications.
Medical conditions, including pregnancy, digestive problems, diabetes or thyroid problems.
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