So let’s just dive right on in…..ever had the following?
- Hard, dry stool
- Difficult to pass stool
- Spans of infrequent bowel movement
- Painful bowel movements
- Feeling bloated, uncomfortable and sluggish
If you answered yes to any of these then you suffer or have suffered from constipation.
For most of us constipation seldomly causes complications, but if the situation becomes long-term it can cause: hemorroids, fecal impaction (where dry, hard stools collect in the rectum) bowel incontinence (the leakage of liquid stools).
Some common causes of constipation include:
- Irritable Bowel Syndrome
- Eating Disorders
- Not eating enough fiber
- Too much dairy
- Antacid medication
- Other medications such as : diuretics, certain antidepressants, opioids, overuse of laxatives due to tolerance build up
- Diseases: Diabetes, neurological conditions (Parkinson’s or Multiple Sclerosis) or any disease that affects the abdominal area
- Stress (gut and brain connection)
- Holding it in (painful to eliminate, being in unfamiliar settings)
Watch this video by Dr. Alan Mandell for some cleansing and natural remedies of constipation
There are many options for constipation remedies, however, we can pour on the treatment but until the underlying cause is found and we make the proper changes when possible, the problem will continue to plague us. Of course a healthy balanced diet goes a long way in prevention. As has been stated before, if the gut is unhealthy, sooner or later the problems start popping up in the other areas of the body.
Once you identify if you suffer from constipation due to one of the above 10 reasons, work with your health care provider to do as much as possible to eliminate the cause or decrease the affect that it has on your elimination. Watch this helpful video from YouTube Channel Trucs et Astuces de Binta , plus try the tasty and fiber filled recipe from the video for digestion help or the recipe to the left from the Dr. Oz Show.
Bottom line…..no pun intended, we must educate ourselves on what we eat and drink as well as maintain a healthy diet. See some of my other posts found below on natural detox, healthy microbiome and more. Hope this info helps!