Constipation is slower than normal movement of food waste through the digestive tract. This slow movement leads to difficulty in emptying the bowels, usually associated with hardened feces.
Constipation is a common condition that affects people of all ages. It can mean that you’re not passing stools regularly or you’re unable to completely empty your bowel.
Constipation can also cause your stools to be hard and lumpy, as well as unusually large or small.
The severity of constipation varies from person to person. Many people only experience constipation for a short time, but for others, constipation can be a long-term (chronic) condition that causes significant pain and discomfort and affects quality of life.
It is often accompanied by symptoms such as bloating, gas, back pain, haemorrhoids or fatigue.
The main cause stems from a lack of water, healthy fats, probiotics and fiber in the diet. Stress, inactivity, certain medications, an imbalance in the intestinal flora, thyroid problems and magnesium deficiency can also cause constipation. For some people, being constipated is just the prelude to other major health problems. Lifestyle choices are key – move more, drink more water, eat clean and take the right supplements, including essential oils.
When you’re constipated, passing stools become more difficult and less frequent than usual.
Normal bowel habits vary from person to person. Some adults go to the toilet more than once a day, whereas others may only go every 3 or 4 days. Similarly, some infants pass stools several times a day, while others only pass them a few times a week.
If you or your child pass stools less than usual, it could be a sign of constipation.
It may also be more difficult to pass stools and you may feel unable to empty your bowel. Your stools may appear dry, hard and lumpy, as well as abnormally large or small.
Other symptoms of constipation can include:
Constipation in children
As well as infrequent or irregular bowel movements, a child with constipation may also have any of the following symptoms:
A 2007 study used peppermint to treat irritable bowel syndrome. After four weeks of peppermint therapy, patients reported a 50 percent reduction in symptoms, including abdominal bloating, abdominal discomfort, diarrhoea, constipation and pain during elimination.
Drink 1 – 2 capsules, of the Constipation blend, after a meal in serious cases. Else, drink 1 capsule, after a meal, once a day, or when necessary. This blend can be used internally from ages 15 and older.
If unable to use internally, apply 15 drops over the stomach or else refer to the Constipation Roll-on and swirl roll over the stomach instead, twice a day.
In addition and further supplementation suggestions
Supplement with 25ml Kombucha Vinegar, 1/2 hour before a meal in the morning.
Supplement with Magnesium to improve gut mobility. Chia and Flax Seeds which are high in fiber and healthy fats; help to lubricate the colon. Probiotics support normal levels of flora that may improve constipation.