Constipation is defined medically as fewer than three stools per week and severe constipation as less than one stool per week. The most common pattern is one bowel movement a day, but this pattern is seen in less than 50% of people. Moreover, most people are irregular and do not have bowel movements every day or the same number of bowel movements each day.
So what are the causes? The most common causes shared by the medical profession include: insufficient dietary fiber intake, inadequate fluid intake, decreased physical activity, side effects of medications, hypothyroidism, and obstruction by colorectal cancer.
The main treatment of constipation involves the increased intake of water and fiber. The routine use of laxatives is discouraged, as having bowel movements may come to be dependent upon their use. Enemas can be used to provide a form of mechanical stimulation. However, enemas are generally useful only for stool in the rectum, not in the intestinal tract.
Itâ€™s now time for my opinion and recommendations. I would say, almost 75% of my clients have some sort of digestive issue. Constipation is high on the list, next to bloating and gas. Accompanied by constipation is usually low energy, weight gain, and bloating.
So why do so many people have this issue? Youâ€™re going to hear me say this a lot. But anytime you have a health symptom, always ask â€œWhy?â€. ex. Why am I constipated? Why canâ€™t I sleep at night? Why do I have migraines? Taking medications may help relieve their symptoms, but it does not treat the root cause. If you want true health, you must find the â€œwhysâ€.
One of the biggest reasons I believe people experience constipation is diet. The food you put in your body could very well be the culprit. Another issue I see often is a past of consuming antibiotics. Yes it may kill the bad, but killing the good bacteria isnâ€™t going to help anyone. Another common thread I see with clients is having an overgrowth of Candida Albicans. But again, ask â€œwhy do I have candida?â€
My suggestion for anyone trying to increase the frequency of bowl movements is to start consuming a probiotic with 10-20 billion CFUs once a day. Next, I would start following an elimination diet, give it 30 days and see what happens. The top foods that may cause symptoms are dairy, gluten, soy, nuts and eggs.
If youâ€™ve tried those for a few weeks and still nothing, try using psyllium seed husk, they are indigestible and are a source of soluble dietary fiber. From my experience, it usually helps with bowel movements. Make sure with anything, that you donâ€™t become dependent on using them.
My final thought, if you still experience constipation after all the suggestions, get a functional test done looking for parasites, bacterial infections, food sensitivities and candida. Finding the root cause is the only way for true health. Hope that helps, Iâ€™m out Kevin Moses.