If you are suffering from constipation you might get a lot of strange advice on how to cure it. If you’ve been wondering if chili dogs will help you get things moving, you might want to think twice. If you’ll be eating a regular beef hotdog, and traditional beef chili, it will probably make the problem even worse. Perhaps you are thinking that since chili dogs seem to pass through you with no problem, they’ll be able to unclog your constipation and things will work themselves out.

First, it’s time to stop viewing your body as such a simple system. If you are constipated, it’s not simply a plumbing problem. It’s not like you can pour some drain opener equivalent down you stomach and it will naturally break up. Constipation can be a sign of many different things, and many factors can contribute to why you’re constipated. Instead of asking what you can eat or drink to clear up your system, you should be wondering why you’re constipated in the first place. Once you figure out the cause of your constipation, you can avoid the foods or factors that caused it.

There are several reasons why you might have constipation. Perhaps you need to drink more water, and you’ve dehydrated yourself. You might lack the proper amount of fiber in your daily diet. You could be getting older, and your intestines aren’t as active as they used to be. Maybe you have irritable bowel syndrome and you’re under a lot of stress. Perhaps you waited too long to go to the bathroom and now you’re bowels aren’t responding. Any number of illnesses have constipation listed as a symptom, you could possibly have one of those, or something worse. It’s likely that you don’t, but you shouldn’t take it lightly and think of a quick fix.

If you made yourself a tofu dog and topped it with vegetarian chili made with high-fiber ingredients, and ate it all on top of a whole-wheat bun you might have a chance of clearing up your constipation. Only an over-the-counter or prescription drug is going to provide any sort of immediate relief. If you try to fix your constipation by eating something, you’ll still have to wait for it to pass through your digestive system, and that might take too long.

What you should really do it make a pact with yourself to drink more water and eat more vegetables every single day. This will promote a healthy function of your digestive track and should prevent future instances of constipation. If you still suffer from this problem on a regular basis after making diet and lifestyle changes, you should consult a doctor to see if you are suffering from any underlying disease.