The Health Consequences of Constipation
Chris D. Meletis, ND (with permission from cpmedical.net, access pin: 587556)
At the very least, intermittent constipation is inconvenient and unpleasant. At the worst, nagging constipation can contribute toward the development of suboptimal health. This article addresses occasional constipation, its causes, its health ramifications and remedies.
According to the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK),1 constipation is defined as having a bowel movement fewer than three times per week. However, others, including clinicians, contend less than a daily bowel movement, or even less than a few bowel movements daily, are indicative of constipation.2 Without three bowel movements per day, the body does not have the chance to rid itself of toxins and build up of stool in the intestines can result in a leaky gut.