Dr Oz said that a lack of water and fiber in your diet can be two reasons why you just can’t seem to go to the bathroom. But what else causes constipation? Doctor Oz’s assistant of the day was a lady named Marybel, who was clearly extremely excited to be on the stage with Dr Oz (who wouldn’t be!).
Dr Oz asked Marybel how many times a day she poops, and she said that she poops 3 times a day! Wow, that is a lot. She must drink A LOT of water or eat TONS of fiber! Dr Oz said that if you poop less than 3 times a week, you are probably constipated. Most people poop once a day. So what is a big cause of constipation other than a lack of water or fiber? The overuse of laxatives!
Dr Oz: Overuse of Laxatives Causes Constipation
Dr Oz said that an overuse of laxatives can cause constipation, which is exactly the opposite of what people think that laxatives do. The problem is that when you overstimulate yourself, the laxatives can actually hurt you and poison your nerves. Dr Oz showed a model of the Intestinal System, and when you get severely constipated, food can get crammed into your intestines until there is no more space inside, and if you do not poop, the food will come out the other way.
Dr Oz suggested that instead of taking laxatives, start eating a fiber rich diet, which does not mean you have to take fiber supplements! You can start by eating fiber rich foods like nuts, whole fruits and whole grain breads.
Dr Oz: Calcium Causes Constipation
Dr Oz has been talking a lot about taking his Calcium Cocktail, rather than calcium by itself. One reason to not take calcium alone is because calcium binds you up. So be taking Magnesium with the Calcium, you prevent the calcium from making you constipated. Dr Oz said you do not want to get more than 2500 mg of calcium a day. You can get calcium naturally from beans and leafy greens. Or you can take 600 mg Calcium and 200 mg Magnesium.