You can be too busy to eat and exercise, or feel like you won’t be able to because of the date.
These are just a few of the reasons you may not want to eat fruit.
You are already trying to lose weight
For some people, eating a whole apple is a struggle.
Fruit is full of calories and fat, and most of the fiber. It’s easy to overeat when you’re trying to lose weight.
There are many delicious fruits to eat instead, but they don’t have as many calories. You can eat them in small portions and still meet your daily recommended goals.
Here are some other tips:
- Limit the amount of fruit you eat at a time.
- Eat fruit with other foods, such as salad, as a snack.
- Eat fruit with other vegetables, such as broccoli, as a side dish.
A pregnant woman can’t digest or metabolize certain types of fruit, such as apricots, dates, figs, and raisins. This can cause constipation.
If you think you’re pregnant, see your doctor. You may need to take a stool softener or other medication to make sure your bowels are working normally.
You have a sensitive digestive tract
Fruits may cause you some digestive discomfort.
There are many different fruits you can eat. If you think you’re sensitive to one, try another.
Here are a few tips:
- Drink water.
- Eat low-fat, high-fiber foods.
- Drink ginger tea.
You’re having diarrhea
Fruits can be hard to digest.
If you notice that you have diarrhea, you may be constipated.
Here are some tips:
- Eat low-fat foods with high fiber.
Drink ginger tea to stimulate your digestive system and loosen your bowels.
You have a stomach virus or flu
Some viruses and bacteria can cause upset stomach and diarrhea.
If you’re having a stomach virus or flu, you may not be able to eat or digest fruit.
If you think you’re having a stomach bug, see your doctor.
You have a bleeding disorder
A bleeding disorder can make you constipated.
The main causes of bleeding disorders are:
- Von Willebrand disease
- Platelet disorders
Hemophilia is a blood clotting disorder. It’s less common than hemophilia A or B.
It’s important to see your doctor if you think you may have a bleeding disorder.
If you do have a bleeding disorder, your doctor may prescribe a medicine to help your blood clot.
You have a milk allergy
Milk can cause cramps and diarrhea.
If you think that you’re allergic to milk, look for dairy alternatives.
Here are some tips to make sure you’re not allergic:
- Avoid milk and dairy products.
- Check the label of your food.
- Check your medicine cabinet.
- Find out if you have food sensitivities.
You have an ulcer
An ulcer is an open sore in your stomach or intestines.
Some ulcers are caused by the bacteria Helicobacter pylori. But many are not.
If you have any of these symptoms, you may have an ulcer.
You may not be able to digest certain types of fruit.
If you have an ulcer, try to find out why it’s happening. You may need a medication or a diet change.
You have a stomach infection
Stomach infections may cause constipation and bloating.
An upset stomach can cause you to have a bowel movement less often.
Here are some tips to make sure you’re getting the right treatment:
- Drink lots of fluids.
- Eat bland foods.
- Avoid greasy foods.
- Sip ginger tea.
You have a tumor
Tumors can cause you to have constipation.
You may have a tumor in your intestine or stomach. It can be a tumor in the digestive tract or a tumor in the abdominal area.
If you have a tumor, it can cause several symptoms. You may have:
- Abdominal pain
- Weight loss
See your doctor if you have a tumor. You may need to be treated.
You have a hemorrhoid
A hemorrhoid is a swollen vein in your rectum or anus. It can cause you to have constipation.
Hemorrhoids may be caused by:
- Strained or twisted muscles
- Poor diet
You may also have a hemorrhoid if you have hemorrhoids because of pregnancy.
Treatment depends on the type of hemorrhoid you have.
You have a blood clot
A blood clot can cause nausea and abdominal pain.
If you have a blood clot, you may also have:
- Low blood pressure
- Chest pain
Treatment depends on the type of blood clot.
You have a kidney stone
A kidney stone can cause constipation.
If you’ve had a kidney stone, you may have:
- Pain in your lower back
- Pain in your side
- Pain that comes and goes
Treatment depends on the type of kidney stone you have.
You have a blockage in your intestine
A blockage in your intestine can cause constipation.
A blockage in your intestines can cause:
- Abdominal cramps
If you’re having a blockage, you may need to undergo a procedure called a bowel prep.
You have a fistula
A fistula is a long channel that connects two areas of your body.
For example, you may have a fistula from your rectum to your rectum.
A fistula can cause:
- Rectal pain
If you think you have a fistula, see your doctor.
You have a perforated ulcer
An ulcer can be perforated by:
- A sharp object
- Penetrating the skin
If you’re having a perforated ulcer, you may have:
The bottom line
There are many things that can cause constipation.
Try some of the following remedies to relieve constipation and make it easier to pass stools.
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