how to keep things moving

We are a constipated nation. In fact, NICE (the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence) suggest that it is something that affects as many as 20% of the UK population. As a doctor, it would not surprise me if the number was even more! 

Constipation has a much greater impact on our health than you may imagine. Conventional medicine defines ‘being constipated’ as going for a poo less than twice a week. However, our new evidence-based understanding of the importance of gut microbiomes show that a daily poo is actually a good marker of someone’s long-term health. 

Constipation is your body’s way of telling you that you need to improve your diet and nutrition. Good gut health does not just affect our toileting habits, but can also play a major role in other illnesses and medical conditions. You will rarely make it out the door of a consultation with a practitioner of functional or traditional Chinese medicine without being asked about your toilet habits!

From a medical perspective, if you are newly suffering from constipation, or seeing a slowing down in frequency of your usual poo routine, but have not made any major changes to your life, then it is important to speak to your healthcare provider. A change in your normal digestive pattern can be a sign of a more serious digestive problem, so a check-up is necessary. Don’t be shy or feel like it can wait (no pun intended). Doctors deal with poo problems every day and it is nothing to be embarrassed about.  

Although there are many reasons for experiencing an onset of constipation, it is important to remember…