Factsheet: Constipation

The elimination of waste from the body is vital for good health yet the majority of people in the UK suffer from chronic or intermittent constipation.

Constipation

What is constipation?

Constipation is a condition where a person's feces become hard and it becomes difficult to defecate.

What are the symptoms of constipation?

The symptoms of constipations are infrequent bowel movement, difficulty to defecate. More advanced symptoms may include abdominal cramping and noises from the bowel.

What causes constipation?

There are a number of possible causes of constipation but the most common cause is lack of soluble fibre in the diet. The lack of fibre in the average diet coupled with the high consumption animal flesh and refined carbohydrates means that this condition is extremely common. Other causes can be due to lack of physical activity, medical drugs, endocrine problems (such as low thyroid) and structural abnormalities. There are also more severe reasons such as strokes or spinal cord.

How can constipation be treated?

The bowel is the major route out of the body of toxicity so nutritionalists often look at food intolerances, lack of digestive secretions, stress, wrong types of food and lack of essential nutrients and fluids, past antibiotic therapy, Candida or parasite infections. The tone of the bowel is also dependent on nutrient levels.

Support Groups:

Irritable Bowel Syndrome Self Help and Support Group.