If you suffer constipation, I want to help. So many people face this problem. Taking the steps to fix it will not only get your digestive system moving and grooving again, it will positively effect many other aspects of your life. Your skin will glow, your mood will improve, and you’ll feel healthier overall. A good poop is a powerful thing.
The standard American diet and lifestyle can easily lead to chronic constipation. This diet is low in fiber and antioxidants and high in difficult to digest additives and refined ingredients. Some people are constipated and they don’t even know it. They may have regular bowel movements, but they are still not flushing their systems thoroughly, which creates intestinal build up.
Another cause of chronic constipation is intestinal dysbiosis. This means that pathological organisms in the gut essentially outnumber the beneficial. We need beneficial bacteria to help us break down our food and even convert it into necessary nutrients. We lose beneficial bacteria every time we take antibiotics. Some beneficial strains are completely eliminated when we take these powerful drugs. This can lead to constipation because the beneficial bacteria help to regulate the gut. This is one reason why eating probiotic (beneficial bacteria) rich foods such as Activia can regulate bowel movements. Eating high sugar, high processed foods, and regularly overeating also reasons for dysbiosis.
For constipation relief, there are a few different steps to take. You might not need to make all of these changes. We can discuss this during your treatment.
Hydrate your colon for an easy movement:
Add “bulk” to push it through:
Eat foods that promote bowel movements:
Move your body with regular walks, yoga, stretching, swimming, etc.
Take herbs and supplements as recommended by your health care professional:
Get acupuncture, which can help reset your digestive system when it gets thrown off. Acupuncture also regulates and strengthens the organ systems responsible for healthy digestion. It’s especially beneficial when stress is part of the issue, because it is such a wonderful stress reliever.
Another consideration is a food intolerance that is causing inflammation and disruption to your digestion. We can identify these foods through an elimination and/or and IgG antibody test. I use USBiotek’s simple finger prick blood sample right in the office. I would also recommend doing to the gut restoration program, which incorporates an elimination diet. See more here.
I hope this post helps move you in the right direction. Please contact me for an appointment for one on one guidance, support, and treatment to improve your health.