One of the things that plagues quite a few of my patients is constipation. It is not pleasant subject to talk about, but it is quite common. There are many different things that you can do for it, some of them being beneficial short-term and others, long term. Many of the products on the market for this problem are strictly short-term and may even be detrimental long term, so it is important to be very careful when looking for ways to improve your constipation.
The most important thing that you can do is to improve your diet and when I say that, I mean increasing the vegetables that you eat, particularly fiber-filled vegetables. Changing your diet can be quite simple, such as eating almonds that have quite a bit of fiber, but I usually see the most improvement in constipation when there is an increase in leafy greens and fiber-filled vegetables in the diet. Vegetables that are very good for this are kale, artichokes, broccoli, spinach, or celery. Celery is especially good as a snack as it is something that you can munch on almost any time of the day and is high in fiber.
The next thing I usually recommend to patients is that they take a powerful probiotic. Probiotics have gotten a lot press lately and one of the reasons for that is that they are very effective. They work great for not only improving this kind of problem, but also improve your health in many other ways as well, including improving your immune system, decreasing anxiety, and improving energy levels. With probiotics being so beneficial, taking a probiotic formula on a regular basis is very important. When looking for a probiotic, be sure that you look for two thing. First, you want the highest number of strains available. When I say strains, I mean the number of different types of probiotic bacteria that are in the capsule or powder. Second, you want to look to make sure the number of organisms is in the billions, not in the millions. There are literally trillions of these types of bacteria in your intestinal tract if you are healthy. So adding a billion here or there really is not that many, so to really make an impact, you have to increase the amount of organisms as much as possible.
Exercise has also been shown to improve constipation. Obviously this is not an immediate effect, but it will help improve motility in your intestinal tract.
Another thing that is highly recommended for this type of problem is to make sure that your are not getting enough minerals in your diet. If you do not have enough minerals in your body, it cannot carry on activities that relate to your nervous system very well. Magnesium is kind of a classic mineral that relates to constipation. Not having enough magnesium can cause problems, but minerals in general are very important.
Also, you cannot talk about constipation without discussing how much water you drink. Water is obviously vital to helping to eliminate intestinal tract problems, no matter where they are. So if you are not drinking water, that can cause problems all by itself.
Lastly, receiving a chiropractic adjustment is also beneficial! The nerves in the lower back and pelvic area go to your intestinal tract and if they are not functioning properly, this can cause constipation. Recently, I had a 3 day old patient come in and the primary concern that the mother had was that the newborn was having constipation problems. She was only pooping once a day or less and if anyone has an infant, they know that this qualifies for constipation. We adjusted the baby with an instrument I have in the office and it was obvious that the constipation problem was starting to be eliminated immediately.
So if you are suffering from constipation, call us to make an appointment for a nutrition evaluation and a chiropractic adjustment! There is no need to suffer any longer. Call us at (479) 443-0800 or click here to schedule your appointment today!