The digestive ‘rubbish bin’Constipation is a little bit like not emptying your rubbish bin every day, while still adding more and more rubbish to the bin. Over a short period of time, you’ll start to feel abdominal pain, discomfort and bloating along with difficulty passing stools and incomplete or infrequent passing of hard, dry stools. The majority of your body’s waste starts to build up and decay, increasing toxicity levels in your body. There are countless causes of constipation, whether it’s acute or chronic, which may last for a couple of weeks, months or even years. Slow transit time within your digestive tract, changes to your physical activity levels, inadequate fluid or fibre intake, pregnancy, hormonal, metabolic or neurological disorders, stress, advanced age, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) or certain medications may all contribute to constipation.
It’s time to take out the trashIncreasing both your water and fibre intake, along with some regular physical activity, provide three of the most important, simple lifestyle changes that help prevent or ease constipation. Effective herbs and probiotics may be needed to help resolve constipation and improve your digestive comfort: Senna A stimulating laxative traditionally used to relieve constipation and more recently, where soft stools are beneficial eg: haemorrhoids, anal fissures or post-operatively. Senna works by:
- increasing the wave-like muscular activity of your digestive tract to increase transit time and improve bowel emptying
- promoting secretion of water into the large intestine which in turn increases the water content of the stool, making it softer and easier to pass