Chronic constipation isn’t just uncomfortable—it’s can be a serious health condition. If you are suffering from this condition and haven’t been able to pinpoint the medical cause yet, I recommend setting up an appointment with your doctor to get tested for celiac disease or a food sensitivity, especially to gluten or casein, right away.
How does celiac disease and gluten sensitivity cause constipation? Celiac disease is an autoimmune disease caused by gluten, a protein found in wheat, barley and rye. The disease works by the body attacking its own villi, the finger-like structures that line the small intestine, inhibiting proper absorption of nutrients.
The most important thing for you to focus on if you have celiac disease is to totally eliminate gluten from your diet, but there are other natural ways to ease constipation as well. After all, after cutting out gluten, it will take a while before your body heals properly and you recover from your symptoms. Also, do keep in mind a number of the gluten-free baked goods are not high in fiber and emphasize taste.
It is suggested to drink a lot of water throughout the day and eat a diet rich in gluten-free, high-fiber foods. Have a large glass of warm water with a natural fiber supplement as well as a supplement containing slippery elm bark, flax seed, and L-Glutamine (or just glutamine). A probiotics supplement should also be taken, then a flax oil supplement later in the day. Finally, it is suggested to get plenty of exercise, every day if possible. Consult a medical professional before making changes to your diet.
Medscape Today: Chronic Constipation and Food Hypersensitivity – An Intriguing Relationship
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