"Constipation affects millions of people annually, forcing many to resort to the use of laxatives for relief; however, the unrestrained use of laxatives can poison the body and make your condition even worse. I can help restore your system properly, with no harmful side effects, using advanced muscle testing, dietary planning and whole food supplements designed to support your body's own natural healing process."*
-Juliana Mazzeo, MS, CDN, Director
Nutrition Wellness Center of Nassau County
What is Constipation?
Constipation is the term used to describe bowel movements that are difficult to pass or occur less frequent than usual. The typical period between bowel movements varies from individual to individual. For some, it may be a few times a day, while for others it may be once or a few times a week. Generally, after three days or more of not going, the stool becomes harder and tougher to pass.
Common Symptoms of Constipation
For the majority of constipation sufferers, the symptoms are the same; however, the underlying issues might be different. Some of the most common symptoms of constipation include:
Common Causes of Constipation
Poor dietary habits are most common causes of constipation. Sometimes, not drinking enough water can lead to constipation. Water increases lubrication, which allows your stool to pass more easily. Dairy products and excessive use of laxatives can also make your stool harder to pass. A chaotic diet, or one that includes foods high in fat and sugar, can also lead to constipation. Not consuming enough fiber can also lead to constipation, as fiber allows more water to remain in your stool, which makes it larger, softer and easier to pass. Insufficient exercise is another common cause of constipation because it can cause your stool to pass too slowly through your digestive system.
Certain neurological conditions can also be an underlying cause of constipation because of their effect on the bowel's nerve system. Certain diseases have also been known to cause constipation including Parkinson's disease, diabetes, multiple sclerosis, stroke, thyroid disease, lupus, and irritable bowel syndrome. Medications can also be a culprit behind constipation. For example, antacids contain calcium and aluminum, which has been proven to cause constipation. Antidepressants, anticonvulsants, and blood pressure medications have also been known to cause constipation.
Another common cause of constipation is neglecting to go when you feel the urge. Holding your stool in can impact your bowel, which can make it harder to go. Extreme stool holding, 2-3 weeks or more, can be fatal, as the enlarged bowel can shift around and compress other organs in the body.
One of the biggest misconceptions that people make is to assume that since the symptoms of constipation are the same, then all treatments work the same; however, this is just simply not the case. In fact, long-term constipation sufferers often have far weaker walls than the average person; therefore, they may require a much gentler treatment to relieve their condition. Traditional laxatives can damage the bowel walls, which can lead to a host of complex conditions.
Many of us are unaware how much our food and lifestyle choices result in an imbalance in our bodies. Even those people who think they might be eating "healthy" may have a build-up of toxins in their body. Nutrition Response Testing can identify these imbalances, including the underlying cause of constipation, and help the body heal naturally.
The gradual diet planning and Standard Process whole food supplement component of Nutrition Response Testing is designed to fortify, detox, rebuild, and balance the system, which helps promote a stronger immune system and improved health. Whole food supplements and dietary planning is customized to meet the individual needs of each patient.
Left untreated, constipation can lead to more serious complications such as hemorrhoids and rectal prolapse, a condition where the intestine as a result of excessive straining. Don't let this be your case.
Bad habits may have fueled your condition, but I can design a customized nutrition plan to get you out. Proper nutrition not only helps you feel good, by feeding your body what it needs, but it is also the key to restoring proper health. If you are tired of feeling less than your best, please contact Juliana Mazzeo, Director of the Wellness Center, for Nutrition Response Testing, diet modification, and possibly whole food supplements.
Please contact us today for a free consultation.