Keeping Your Body Functioning Smoothly

Don’t want to talk about constipation? You’re not alone. Sometimes, even doctors may not want to talk or ask about it. This doesn’t mean you have to suffer, however. Did you know that constipation can be a symptom of a more serious problem or of a vitamin deficiency? Relieving your constipation may be as simple as making a few changes, including taking nutritional supplements.

Why take such things as laxatives and stool softeners, which artificially loosen bowels, when you can get to the root of the problem? Nutritional supplements can address the reasons for constipation(http://www.mitamins.com/disease/Constipation.html) while helping ease the condition naturally. A nutritional supplement in addition to maintaining a balance of vitamins and minerals in the body, staying properly hydrated, exercising, and eating 25 to 30g of fiber daily.

It is important to diagnose the cause of constipation before choosing to treat the condition with vitamins and other nutritional supplements. Constipation can be caused by various medical conditions, such as the following:
# side effects from medications
# low thyroid
# colon disorders such as diverticulitis and cancer
# diabetes
# food sensitivities
# antibiotic use
# pregnancy

Sometimes constipation is caused by one’s way of life, for example:
# delaying going to the bathroom
# not drinking enough water
# not eating enough foods with lots of fiber and vitamins, such as whole grains, fruits (such as prunes) and vegetables
# eating foods that can cause constipation, such as cheese, refined flour and sugar products, without eating enough accompanying fiber
# not getting enough daily aerobic exercise
# high stress

What are some nutritional supplements that are useful in the treatment of constipation(http://www.mitamins.com/disease/Constipation.html)?
# Lactobacillus acidophilus: A good probiotic can adjust internal flora to facilitate digestion.
# Vitamin C: This important vitamin has mild laxative properties and also supports the immune system. It can treat hemorrhoids as well.
# Magnesium: This nutritional supplement has, for over a century, been used to treat constipation naturally(http://www.mitamins.com/disease/Constipation.html). It has a mild laxative effect. Magnesium is normally a staple ingredient of nutritional supplements, but its dosage can be increased to specifically target constipation.
# Psyllium and flaxseed: These natural, fiber-rich nutritional supplements can be used daily. When taking extra fiber in nutritional supplement form it is important to drink plenty of water. Flaxseed also has manother health benefits, including preventing cancer and lowering cholesterol.

Eating a well-balanced diet with lots of fruits and vegetables can certainly help with constipation. However, it is not always easy to ensure you are getting certain crucial vitamins and minerals from foods due to the widespread low quality of soil in which food is grown. Also, it is sometimes difficult to ensure we are getting all of the necessary vitamins from the foods we eat, given our on-the-go lifestyles.

Seeing a doctor for constipation may only get you temporary relief of constipation and its accompanying symptoms of gas, bloating, and abdominal pain. A doctor may prescribe laxative medications which may cause dependency. However, rather than just relieving the symptom it is wise to get at the medical cause of the condition and treat it naturally.

If you try natural supplements but the constipation continues for more than three weeks, you see blood in your stool, or you have severe abdominal pain, then you should see your doctor. When your doctor gives you a medical diagnosis for your constipation, treating it using a natural approach with vitamins and supplements can help improve overall digestive health.