It happens to most of us: constipation is a silent pain, and just like poop, nobody wants to talk about it.
"Constipation is often benign," says registered nurse and nutrition expert Abigail Keeso of Toronto-based That Clean Life "However, it can be a sign of another underlying health issue like hypothyroidism."
Constipation occurs when bowel movements become difficult to pass. And although you may experience gas and abdominal pain and feel like you're expanding, Kesso says bloating isn't something that actually occurs when you're constipated.
"When we say we 'feel bloated,' we are often referring to our abdomens feeling full, tight or swollen," she says. "Think of it like a mullet: bloating is a party in the front and constipation is a party in the back."
This condition can be caused by a variety of things, she adds, including lack of exercise, stress and a lack of fibre in the diet. Fibre and drinking water are key players to getting your bowels moving, and fibre-rich foods like prunes and flax seeds will also make you go.
Below, Kesso has chosen 10 common culprits that often cause constipation, and while we're not suggesting to never eat these foods again, it may be time to cut back on some if you have a tendency to over-consume them.