What is Constipation?

Constipation, which refers to bowel movements that are infrequent or hard to pass, affects millions of people worldwide. If left untreated, it can affect all aspects of an individual’s life, cause pain and discomfort, and affect an individual’s health and quality of life.

What causes Constipation?

Causes of constipation can be as simple as low fibre in one's diet, not drinking enough fluids, a side effect of medication, small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO) or a change in routine or lifestyle. An individual can also become constipated because of holding onto difficult emotions.

Furthermore, it can be caused by other factors, such as hormones, anal blockages, bowel obstructions, or the failure of muscles around the rectum. Fortunately, regardless of the causes, constipation is easily treatable. 

If left untreated, however, constipation can result in significant difficulties and impact on an individual’s ability to live a fulfilling and happy life. 

Constipation symptoms can include:

  • Feeling like you haven’t emptied your bowels completely 

  • Straining on the toilet or going less often 

  • Stomach pain 

  • Loss of appetite 

  • Bloating 

What to do for Constipation? 

Constipation can be treated using laxatives as well as increasing water and fibre intake.  It can also be treated psychologically if the other organic causes have been ruled out.

How we can help?

Constipation is, however, easily treatable. The most effective way of treating constipation is through Nutrition Counselling, which includes enhancing your diet to include high levels of fibre, higher intake of water, and more regular exercise. Maintaining a balanced diet and lifestyle will significantly increase the frequency and consistency of your bowel movements.  Functional Medicine will look at other causes of constipation such as SIBO and help you find the solutions that are right for you.  Sometimes a little bit of Psychotherapy such as Clinical Hypnosis can help alleviate anxieties associated with constipation.

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