Chronic constipation is a serious health issue affecting 1 in every 7 adults in the UK and 15-20% of the US population. Here, we are also talking about straining, hard stools, abdominal discomfort and wanting ‘to go’ but can’t. While constipation might be common, it is not normal and can have disastrous consequences.
In our culture, bowel movements have become a taboo topic, but by not discussing and not prioritising our poop, we ignore the most valuable indicator for our overall physical and mental health. Constipation not only makes you feel stuck, heavy, bloated, lethargic and generally uncomfortable, but it also sets you up for poor health outcomes.
If we don’t poop regularly and get rid of the metabolic waste and toxins that go with it, the longer the waste sits in our gut. This stagnation will result in biochemical changes, which will allow toxins and waste to get re-absorbed into our body, detrimental to our health.
When this happens, it begins to seriously impact our immune system, affecting our hormonal metabolism and increasing inflammation in the body, which can lead to the inflammation of the brain, which we want to avoid at all costs. This invisible systemic inflammation impacts every organ, gland and system in our body, and we start experiencing symptoms and aches and pains.
So bottom line, constipation can lead to long-term risk for many chronic diseases and is linked to multiple immune system conditions and diseases our society at large is suffering from.
If you are still struggling after implementing the above tips, please consult your doctor and get your thyroid levels looked at. There could be other underlying health problems that your doctor can investigate.
Vamshi Lingampally (Functional Nutritionist)