Have you started a new diet recently that just won’t let you “go”? Learn why your latest healthy lifestyle change may be causing you constipation. You resolved to clean up your eating act, and started to adopt a healthier diet. Maybe you broke up with sugar and gave up red meat. Maybe you started eating more salads. Maybe you adopted a full-on keto diet or similar strict, low-carb eating plan.
Or perhaps you eliminated grains, legumes, dairy and sugar as part of a Whole30 type regimen. Or conversely, you even embraced a full-fledged whole foods, plant-based – or minimally-processed vegan– diet. But as the saying goes, “No good deed goes unpunished.” Whatever the nature of your big, seemingly healthy eating change, there’s been another unexpected change that accompanied it: You’re suddenly constipated, and you simply cannot figure out why.
While it may seem counterintuitive, it’s not at all uncommon for people to experience a downgrade in their digestive regularity alongside an upgrade in their diet quality. Here are three of the most common reasons why people become constipated – and how to fix them, including what foods help with constipation.
Excerpted from U.S. News