constipationIt’s time to have that awkward conversation… Bowel irregularity is unfortunately super common in industrialized countries. Much of this has to do with the SAD (Standard American Diet), which is high in processed foods and sugar, and low in fiber.

It can also be as simple as low water intake. Very few of us get in half our body weight in ounces of water daily. 

Perhaps lack of movement is the culprit. The more exercise you get, the more toned your core muscles become and the better your bowels tend to move. 

Perhaps it’s an inconsistent schedule. If you tend to have a BM (bowel movement) in the morning, going to bed and waking up at different hours may be enough to throw off your system. Eating at sporadic times may do it too, and travel tends to throw off both eating and sleeping patterns, which can contribute. 

It might be a side effect of some of the meds or supplements you’re on. If you’re on opiates to kill pain (morphine, oxycodone, vicodin, percoset), constipation is a very common side effect. Some sedatives can cause constipation too. Iron is one of the most common supplements to have this effect. 

It might be due to hypothyroidism, which is freakishly common these days. 

Constipation can also be secondary to other conditions; if these simple changes don’t help you, then it’s worth getting a full workup to rule out other causes.