Constipation is the infrequent passage of small amounts of hard, dry bowel movements, usually fewer than three times a week. Interestingly, it is optimal to have a bowel movement 3 times/day. More commonly however people empty their bowels once/day. Any less then this can be considered as having sluggish bowels.
Some individuals who are constipated find it painful to have a bowel movement and often experience bloating, hemorrhoids, and the sensation of a full bowel (having to make a bowel movement). Bowel movements (frequency and quality) can vary for each individual, depending on his or hers body, what the person eats and drinks, and the amount of exercise that get.
There are many causes and reasons for constipation; diet, food allergies, dehydration, medications, lack of exercise, hormonal disorders and disease or infection in the colon could be one of many reasons for constipation.
It is important to see a health care practitioner such as your doctor, naturopath or nutritionist to determine if your constipation is acute or chronic. Constipation can be a sign of an infection or a serious illness so it is important to speak with your health care provider for best treatment based on your individual needs.
Laxatives and suggestions to increase your fiber consumption are commonly prescribed by doctors for treating constipation.
Constipation can be due to other causes other then of a lack of dietary fiber. These include hormone concerns (thyroid disorders), poor lifestyle habits, stress, food allergies or intolerances, heavy metals, pregnancy, genetics, low stomach acid, side effects of various medications etc. Depending on what the cause of your constipation, various treatment options will be helpful for you. The Naturopathic Doctors at KIH clinic in Vaughan, Ontario can help you to determine what this cause is and which therapies will benefit you best.
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