Health Conditions

Constipation

As we in the West eat an increasingly more refined, over-processed diet and take less and less exercise, we pay the price with our health. There are many ailments brought on by poor diet, but one of the most common and often the first indication that our diet is inadequate is constipation. It is the direct result of not taking in enough fiber to help the body rid itself of waste products.

There is no standard frequency that denotes “normal” bowel movements – it varies considerably from person to person, however, nutritionists and colonics experts agree that everyone should pass a motion at least twice a day.

Constipation is if your stools are small and hard and you pass them only infrequently. Moreover, if your constipation lasts more than three days, it is worth seeking advice from a physician. In rare cases, constipation, particularly if there is blood in the stools when you do finally pass a motion, can signal cancer of the bowel.

Apart from the most common culprit of not enough fiber in our food, other causes of constipation include eating too much meat or dairy produce, not drinking enough fluids (fiber needs water to form soft motions), food allergy, lack of exercise, ignoring the need to pass a motion, dependence on laxatives, the side-effects of some medicines, pregnancy (the pregnancy hormone progesterone relaxes the muscles of the intestine, which slows down bowel movements, making you more likely to become constipated), anxiety, stress, and tension.

If you are having a problem in this area, we can help you, naturally at our Clearwater clinic. For an appointment or more information,call the New Patient Scheduler at (727) 466-6789.

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About Dr. Minkoff

In 1995, Dr. Minkoff's wife became ill and her physicians couldn't find what was wrong. Not accepting their "no hope" conclusion, Dr. Minkoff went on a search to help her which led him out of emergency medicine into complementary and alternative medicine to find the answers. In the process he gained expertise in Biological medicine, heavy metal detoxification, anti-aging medicine, hormone replacement therapy, functional medicine, energy medicine, neural and prolotherapy, homeopathy and optimum nutrition. He studied under the masters in each of these disciplines until he became an expert in his own right. The answers he found were soon in demand when others learned of his wife’s return to good health. In response to this, he and his wife, Sue Minkoff RN established LifeWorks Wellness Center in 1997 and it quickly became one of the most comprehensive complementary and alternative medicine clinics in the U.S.