Constipation is one of the most common presenting ailments and is characterized by a difficulty passing stools or an absence of the urge to eliminate.  

Stools, when passed, tend to be hard, knotted and dark. Other symptoms that accompany constipation include bloating, appetite loss and mild nausea or indigestion.

Repeated straining to defecate eventually leads to haemorrhoids. Chronic constipation has constitutional implications because toxins are formed and absorbed when waste remains in the intestines for excessive periods.

Headaches, bad breath and skin problems can result and increase the susceptibility for intestinal cancer. Waste should be eliminated through the bowels on a regular basis, usually once or more per day. 

If constipation is experienced along with other abnormalities, including blood in the stool, weight loss or pain, a medical practitioner should be consulted for further diagnostic evaluation.

Tips for constipation relief

1: Eat slowly and chew thoroughly. It’s important that saliva is mixed well with the food before swallowing.

2: Consume foods rich in dietary fibre (whole-grain products, corn, vegetables, fruits).

3: Magnesium and folic acid deficiency will also lead to constipation. Magnesium and folic acid are found in all greens.

4: A glass of hot water with a little lemon taken first thing in the morning helps promote normal bowel function.

5: Avoid rushed eating, stress, nervousness and psychological strain as much as possible.

6: Regular physical activity does wonders for digestion.

7: Chronic constipation can often be alleviated simply and naturally by eating a cucumber salad dressed with lemon, onion and unrefined, cold-pressed flax seed oil. Flax seeds are an excellent source of mucilaginous fibre. They absorb up to eight times their weight in water, thereby softening stools and making them easier to pass.

8:Other factors to consider are underactivity of the thyroid gland, which slows the metabolic rate, and liver problems that restrict bile needed for proper digestion.

9: You should be aim to have regular bowel movements

How Kinesiology helps treat constipation

Kinesiology testing and balancing can help the colon or bowel to function better. Each muscle is related to another part of the body (a bit like Reflexologists see the foot as representing another area of the body). 

So when a muscle is tested, and shown to be weak, it means the Kinesiologist can establish some of the causes of that weakness. For example, food testing can reveal whether a food is best avoided if it weakens muscles associated with the digestive track.