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Constipation is defined as less frequent & incomplete bowel movements. The amount of bowel movements in a day isn’t a number that the scientific community has agreed upon but Dr. Swalah, ND believes that a bowel movement a day that feels complete is a goal that a generally healthy person should be able to achieve. Let’s take a deeper look into what causes constipation and how naturopathic treatment can help overcome constipation.
The food consumed determines how the food will be released. Certain foods, like starchy vegetables, refined grains, bread, and pasta have known to decrease bowel movements. On the other hand, eating foods with high amounts of fiber, like fruits, vegetables, and whole grains, can support the digestive system. Naturopathic digestive health treatment involves a thorough dietary assessment and nutrition counseling to promote the bodies natural ability to have a bowel movement
Another underrated cause of constipation is lifestyle habits, like physical exercise habits and sleep routine. Exercise is a very important component and contributor to optimal bowel movements. By exercising, more blood is sent to the colon and provides it with the nutrients and energy it needs to produce and have a bowel movement. Sleep is another important factor for bowel health as studies have shown that disturbed night’s sleep and less sleep, in general, can cause constipation. Naturopathic digestive health treatment includes a thorough assessment of lifestyle habits. Dr. Swalah, ND works with her patients to determine the best exercise plans to motivate and encourage her patients to have a positive relationship with physical exercise. She also works with her patients using sleep hygiene techniques with herbal and dietary support to promote a night of restful, peaceful sleep.
Underlying health problems
Constipation can be a sign of an underlying health condition, like hypothyroidism, diabetes, or due to certain medications. That is why Dr. Swalah, ND believes in thorough health assessment to ensure that there are no underlying health issues.
Through diet, lifestyle modification, herbal and nutriceutical support, Dr. Swalah, ND aims to improve the signs and symptoms of constipation.
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