By Dr. Nuwanthi Fernando
Severe chronic constipation
As the world has become more and more developed, our diets have become less and less healthy.
Convenience is the driving force behind processed, quick meals. Processed foods, in turn, are a main factor in the great increase in constipation.
Most of us have been constipated at one time or another in our lives.
However, when this condition lingers on for months and even years, it is termed chronic constipation.
Chronic constipation should be dealt with, before it results in more serious conditions.
The way to tell if you are suffering from chronic constipation is to determine if some of the following symptoms have gone on for more than 3 months.
Medications can cause chronic constipation
Ongoing constipation may be caused by these medical conditions:
Your doctor may be the best person to help you determine how severe your constipation problem is, and what is causing it.
Identify the causes
In order to be free from severe chronic constipation, it is helpful to pinpoint the factors causing it.
Once these are known, a strategy for overcoming chronic constipation can be developed.
Changes in diet and exercise
For most of us, we may need to adopt certain lifestyle changes, especially if our diet is filled with fast foods and processed foods containing almost no fiber (this describes most of what we can buy in a grocery store)
Are medications the best answer?
Perhaps the easiest way to treat constipation is with modern constipation medications.
However, this is treating symptoms instead of the underlying problem. Plus long-term use may have some unwanted side effects.
A long-lasting solution
Recently I discovered a natural, non-habit forming answer to constipation. It is a low sodium sea mineral concentrate with 422 mg. of magnesium per daily dose.
This supplement are inexpensive, and may be one of the best ongoing solutions for constipation that I have found.
Most Americans don’t get enough magnesium in the foods we eat, which is why taking a daily magnesium supplement may result in numerous health benefits.
To get rid of any disease, we need to figure out the origin of the problem. The same is true for severe chronic constipation.