Natural Constipation Treatment

Dr. Jenna's Constipation Plan

Constipation is a slowing the the bowels that leads to less frequent bowel movements.  Less than one bowel movement per days is considered constipation in the naturopathic world and ideally folks have 1-3 movements per day.  Constipation can present as a reduced urge, straining, or feeling of incomplete bowel movements.  The stool is often hard and pellet-like, but can also be loose but infrequent.     


Top 3 causes of constipation

  1. Dehydration and low fiber intake.
  2. Stress
  3. Bacterial imbalance in the gut leading to too many bad bacteria and not enough good bacteria.   


The initial investigation

  1. Assess hydration levels and fiber intake.
  2. Assess diet for inflammatory foods.
  3. Comprehensive Digestive Stool Analysis (CDSA) testing to assess bacterial balance, parasites or other infections, gut inflammatory markers, and autoimmune markers.


Potential treatments

  • Increase water and fiber intake.
  • Dietary changes to reduce inflammation in the gut.
  • Ant-inflammatory supplements and herbs to heal the gut.
  • Probiotics and live-fermented foods.
  • Stress management strategies and supplements.