Constipated? What Can You Do?

Constipation, it’s a common issue that can cause discomfort and concern, but don’t worry – we’re here to provide you with insights, solutions, and strategies to help you overcome this digestive hurdle. Join us on a journey to comprehend the intricacies of maintaining a healthy digestive system and finding relief when constipation takes hold.

Deciphering the Importance of Defecation:
As you read these lines, your body is diligently engaged in several significant tasks:

  • Clearing waste generated during its regular and healthy activities.
  • Eliminating compounds, such as hormones, that have fulfilled their roles in circulation.
  • Neutralising toxins that pose harm to your body.
  • Safeguarding against pathogens, the infectious agents that could potentially lead to illness.

Having accomplished these pivotal functions, the ensuing step involves expelling these undesirable substances. This intricate process involves meticulously packaging them and directing them to your intestines, ultimately culminating in their expulsion through your bowel movements.

Understanding Optimal Bowel Movements:
Considering that your digestive tract plays a pivotal role in waste elimination, aiming for at least one well-formed stool per day is crucial. This not only ensures the efficient clearance of toxins but also contributes to overall well-being. Falling short of this frequency might indicate the presence of constipation.

Deciphering Chronic Constipation:
Chronic constipation, a commonly experienced issue, is characterised by symptoms that persist for at least three months. These symptoms encompass:

  • Hard or lumpy stools.
  • Infrequent defecation (less than three bowel motions per week).
  • A sensation of incomplete evacuation.
  • Straining while passing stools.

It’s worth noting that what might be perceived as “normal” straining or infrequent defecation could potentially lead to complications such as haemorrhoids, anal fissures, faecal impaction, and faecal incontinence.

Addressing Constipation Holistically:
The temptation to resort to laxatives might seem logical for some, but while they can provide short-term relief, they fail to tackle the root cause of constipation. Additionally, prolonged use of laxatives can create a dependence on them for normal bowel function. Addressing the underlying cause requires delving into gut health, with a particular emphasis on the microbiome.

The Crucial Microbiome-Constipation Link:
Your intestinal microbiome, a complex ecosystem comprising beneficial bacteria, yeasts, and fungi, is pivotal for gut, immune, and overall health. When it comes to bowel regularity, the microbiome serves two crucial functions:

  1. Generating SCFAs:
    Your microbiome converts dietary fibre into short-chain fatty acids (SCFAs), which regulate gut motility and nourish gut cells. Inadequate fibre intake or an imbalance in good gut bacteria can lead to low SCFA levels, reducing gut motility and causing constipation.
  2. Pathogenic Prevention:
    A balanced microbiome prevents the overgrowth of harmful organisms that can lead to inflammation and produce gases like methane, which slow gut motility and contribute to constipation.

Unlocking Relief with Colon Therapy, Prebiotics and Probiotics:
To remedy microbiome-related constipation, three key players come to the forefront:

  1. Colon Therapy – Colon Hydrotherapy is a safe, gentle and highly effective therapy for cleansing the colon of accumulated waste material. Many have found the positive effects gained from Colon Therapy go beyond relief from their digestive and bowel issues and regularly comments on having more energy; feeling mentally clearer; having fewer headaches, clearer skin and less inflammation.
  2. Prebiotics – Partially Hydrolysed Guar Gum (PHGG):
    PHGG is a prebiotic fibre that feeds beneficial bacteria, aiding in the production of SCFAs. Studies show that 5 g/d of PHGG can alleviate constipation, softening stool, increasing bowel movements, and reducing discomfort.
  3. Probiotics – Lactobacillus plantarum 299v:
    Probiotics like 299v support gut and microbiome health. Notably, they promote the growth of beneficial bacteria, leading to increased SCFA production, improved gut motility, reduced inflammation, and enhanced stool softness.

Fostering Digestive Comfort and Health:
Constipation need not be a persistent struggle. By comprehending the factors at play and addressing them with a holistic approach, you can pave the way to relief and well-being. Our Naturopaths are dedicated to helping you achieve optimal health, energy and enjoyment of life. Reach out to us today to embark on your journey toward digestive well-being!