Constipation - managing your symptoms - Lifelab Testing


Food intolerances and constipation

Chronic Constipation

Constipation is a common condition which can affect people of any age. It is defined as infrequent bowel movements in comparison to the usual pattern, difficulty during defecation, hard stools and/or the sensation of incomplete bowel evacuation. In some people constipation can be experienced alternately with diarrhoea.

Constipation can be uncomfortable, frustrating, and some may find it embarrassing but it can also lead to the reabsorption of toxins, which the body is trying to excrete. Understanding why it’s happening is the first step in reducing the occurrence of constipation.

The slow passage of stool through the large intestine can lead to prolonged absorption of water resulting in stools, which are dry, hard and difficult or uncomfortable to pass. There are a number of potential reasons why constipation may occur, such as a diet lacking in fibre, lack of water consumption, lack of motility in the gastrointestinal tract due to a sedentary lifestyle or conditions such as hypothyroidism, food intolerances, anatomical defects, hormones and psychological factors.

Nutritionist Testing Recommendation

As a common symptom, constipation can occur in many conditions. It is probably thought of more so as a food intolerance symptom, however, it is also worth considering allergies. There is interesting research into chronic constipation and cow’s milk allergy in children. Our recommendation would therefore be to take our Complete Body Test to test for both allergies and intolerances.

If you are still unsure of which test is most suitable please do contact our nutrition team who will be happy to advise you further.

Please note if you have seen blood in your stools, we highly recommend speaking with your GP.

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