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Straining on the toilet because your constipated is a distressing and frustrating experience.
As well as painful bowel movements constipation is well known to cause a number of other symptoms that include bloating, excessive gas and abdominal cramps, but does constipation cause weight gain?
It seems that yes, it can.
First of all lets delve a little further into why and how this can happen, and what you can do to alleviate the discomfort of your constipation and return to your normal healthy weight.
What Is Constipation
If your bowel movements change or slow down this can mean you’re constipated.
Many nutritional experts advise that we should have 3 bowel movements a day or at the very least once per day.
Hard, dry stools that are painful to pass is another sign that you’re constipated. And as pointed out earlier, constipation can also be accompanied by abdominal pains, bloating and gas.
How Constipation Can Increase Your Weight
There are several theories why constipation can make you put on weight and the following are the most likely connections.
More Waste Matter In Your System
If you’re not having regular bowel movements, then fecal matter is building up in your colon. If more waste matter is accumulating in your body its going to have the obvious effect of adding extra weight to your body.
Malabsorption And The Need To Eat More
As waste matter builds up it begins to clog the lining of your intestinal walls with a sticky mucous coating. As this coating hardens it creates a barrier that reduces your systems ability to absorb essential nutrients, vitamins and minerals.
The fact is, if your not receiving sufficient nutrients your going to remain hungry and keep eating. Overeating is common with people who eat predominantly processed and junk foods. Because these foods contain very few nutrients they don’t nourish the body. Even after a big meal they soon feel hungry again.
Sluggish Digestive System Means Lower Metabolism
Constipation creates a slow sluggish digestive system. Because food is moving through your system at a slower rate, it also slows down your absorption of vitamin B12. This vitamin is essential for your body’s metabolism and its ability to convert calories into energy. If calories are not being used, they’re being stored as fat.
Diets Low In Soluble Fiber – High Levels Of Cholesterol
Fiber is very important to your digestive health because it keeps your bowels regular. Unfortunately, we don’t eat enough of it and this makes us more constipated. Soluble fiber turns into a gel-like substance that absorbs water and keeps your stool soft and moist.
What’s more, soluble fiber can help lower bad cholesterol – Low Density Lipoprotein (LDL) – by binding to them and blocking their absorption in the body.