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10 reasons you might be constipated

Are you having bowel movements on a daily basis? If not, you’re constipated. If you do go daily but it’s hard to pass or incomplete, then you’re also constipated. Eliminating daily is an important process for health. Read on to learn why this is and why you might be constipated.

Why is constipation bad?

Constipation means waste products, chemicals, and hormones aren’t eliminated properly and are allowed to recirculate back into your body. This is not good. 🙁

Constipation allows the food to ferment leading to bad bacteria growing inside your digestive tract. As a result, inflammation, infections, and toxic buildup can happen which results in weight gain, fatigue, bloating, abdominal gas and pain, depression, and other chronic health problems.

Other chronic illnesses can also develop throughout the body because you’re not absorbing nutrients effectively and eliminating wastes. This is no way to live!

Ten Common Causes of Constipation:

  1. Stress
  2. Depression
  3. Anxiety
  4. Poor food choices
  5. Irregular meal schedule
  6. Dehydration
  7. Lack of fiber
  8. Digestive enzyme deficiency
  9. Mineral deficiencies
  10. Infections

The longer you’ve been constipated, the tougher it may be to turn around. Fixing the causes and healing the gut means good bowel movements can be discovered again. Take a look at the above list and see where you can make simple adjustments in your life to get your bowels moving regularly and easily.

5 Signs of Good, Healthy Bowel Movements:

  1. Occur at least once a day or more
  2. Solid and smooth
  3. Easy to pass
  4. Thick solid log
  5. Brown color

Naturopathic doctors agree that a healthy digestive tract is absolutely fundamental to achieving overall good health.

So get your digestion on track. Look at the above causes and address any that could be affecting your digestion. If you are still constipated  book your naturopathic doctor consult with me for more support. Digestive health is one of my specialties and eliminating regularly is essential to good health!

Dr. Laura Enfield, ND, LAc

Dr. Laura Enfield is a California licensed naturopathic doctor and acupuncturist. She is an expert in helping people with acute and chronic joint pain, digestive issues, fatigue, insomnia, weight gain, and thyroid issues.

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