Let's just get it over with and state the obvious: everybody poops—except for when, of course, we can't.
We may live in a world where second-by-second Snapchat updates are considered normal, but despite the amount of over-sharing that goes on in our society, no one seems comfortable talking about poop. Granted, what goes on in the bathroom is supposed to remain private. But that makes it hard to know what to do when things go—how shall we say this?—awry.
So, that's why we're going there, since constipation can occur for a number of reasons. A lack of exercise, ignoring the urge to go, and certain medications and supplements can be blamed blame, but diet is typically the primary culprit—and certain foods are harder on the body than others. To help you keep things moving on the reg, we've tracked down common food culprits that may make it difficult for you to go. And to cover all our bases, we've also included a number of eats that will worsen your symptoms if you're already backed up.
It's not that eating a serving of chips will immediately make you back up, it's just that anytime you eat a low-fiber snack (like chips, cookies, or pretzels), you're passing up the opportunity to eat something more wholesome that supports digestive health. Plus, chips are typically potent sources of unhealthy fats that slow down the digestive system, making it more difficult to go.
Eat This! Tip
Next time you get hungry between meals, skip the chips and grab a pear. They don't taste the same, we know, but bear with us. Pears are a known constipation remedy. Not only are they packed with fiber, they also have naturally-occurring, sorbitol which acts as a laxative to loosen up the stools.
2. Underripe Bananas
Though ripe yellow nanners made our list of the 23 Foods That Make You Poop, their green, underripe cousins will likely have the opposite effect on your bathroom schedule. The reason: Unripe bananas contain a higher concentration of tannins. This naturally occurring antioxidant can cause or aggravate pre-existing constipation, according to a study inPediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology&Nutrition.