Constipation occurs when bowel movements are infrequent and difficult to pass. Constipation is not a normal condition, but can occur occasionally with change in diet or in routine, such as travelling. Constipation accompanied by severe pain or blood in the stool is serious, and you should contact your doctor immediately.

It is best to have regular daily bowel movements, and a healthy person can have 2-3 bowel movements per day. While frequency varies among people, 2 or 3 days without a bowel movement is too long and will be difficult to pass. While you may think infrequent bowel movements are "normal for you," it is important to check for underlying causes that may be corrected.

Causes of Constipation

  • poor diet (lack of fiber and vegetables)
  • dehydration
  • changes in diet
  • change in routine (eating, sleeping, travelling)
  • lack of exercise
  • too much sugar
  • gut issues
  • medications that slow down digestion (e.g. pain meds, psychiatric meds, antihistamines)
  • medical conditions such as Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), thyroid or endocrine issues, and more

The doctors at NIHA will look at this condition from an integrative medical perspective. They begin with lifestyle changes, and traditional exams, medical tests or other assessments may be used to check the systems of the body to determine how the gut and intestinal system are functioning.


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