What’s considered ‘normal’?
Constipation is characterised by difficulty in passing stools, with incomplete or infrequent passing of hard, dry stools often accompanied by pain, bloating and abdominal discomfort. Constipation can be a temporary problem or it may last for months or even years.
What’s considered ‘normal’ for passing a stool easily will vary from person to person. Some will pass a stool twice a day, compared to some who may only pass a stool every second or third day. As a rule, fewer than three bowel movements per week indicates constipation.
What increases your risk of constipation?
|Slow transit time within the digestive tract||Lack of, or changes to, physical activity levels|
|Inadequate fluid intake||Inadequate fibre intake|
|Changes to routine eg: travelling overseas||Certain medications eg: codeine, antacids|
|Imbalance in digestive flora||Inorganic iron supplements|
|Ignoring the ‘urge’ to go to the toilet|
Consequences of constipation
Constipation can be compared to not emptying your rubbish bin every day, while still adding more and more rubbish to the pile. Over a relatively short period of time, you’ll start to experience abdominal pain, discomfort and bloating along with difficulty passing a stool while the waste continues to build up.
3 ‘golden rules’ to eliminate constipation
1. Include plenty of fibre in your diet
2. Drink plenty of water
3. Participate in regular physical activity
Following these 3 golden rules should help to alleviate constipation for many people. For others though, herbs and nutrients can play a supportive role by providing stimulating and gentle laxative activity, stool softening and antispasmodic activity, while providing digestive comfort to get things moving.
Herbs & Nutrients
Dill: Calming digestive & antispasmodic. Traditionally used to aid digestion and to relieve flatulence, bloating and griping pain. Dill relaxes the intestinal muscles and sphincters helping to counteract any griping effect of stimulating laxative herbs.
Butternut: Gentle laxative. Traditionally used to relieve constipation. Butternut increases the release of stored bile from the gallbladder and improves liver function. Increasing bile flow improves the elimination of toxins where there is chronic constipation.
Senna: Stimulating laxative. Traditionally used to relieve constipation. Butternut increases the release of stored bile from the gallbladder and improves liver function. Increasing bile flow improves the elimination of toxins where there is chronic constipation.
Herbs of Gold Regu-Lax
Slippery elm bark powder: Soothing. Slippery elm bark contains mucilage which helps to soothe irritation and inflammation of the mucous membranes of the digestive system. Slippery elm works by trapping water, which then swells to bulk-up the stool and develops a gel-like consistency to provide a protective coating for the lining of the digestive tract.
Herbs of Gold Slippery Elm 400mg
Probiotics: Healthy, balanced intestinal flora. A stagnant digestive system is a breeding ground that allows ‘unfriendly’ intestinal flora to flourish. Probiotics help maintain the balance by inhibiting ‘unfriendly’ intestinal flora and re-establishing ‘friendly’ intestinal flora.
Herbs of Gold Probiotic + SB
Psyllium: Soluble fibre. Psyllium attracts and binds large volumes of water, helping to bulk up the stool and make stools softer.