Almost everyone in the world has suffered from constipation at some point in their lives. In addition to being a painful condition, constipation can also be embarrassing for some people to talk about. The consensus in most parts of the world is that it is caused by lack of fiber. Food intolerance, though not commonly not talked about, may also cause constipation.
What is Constipation?
Constipation is a condition marked by very hard stools, usually with very little water. Passing this type of stool can be painful, and in some cases can cause tears in the anal region. Drinking enough water and eating foods with fiber is postulated to ameliorate the condition by increasing the water content in the stool, as well as making it bulkier.
When constipation is very severe, it can cause vomiting of fecal matter, since the hard feces blocks rest of the fecal matter in the gut. Constipation is rarely thought of as a cause of constipation, but it may contribute to it.
Constipation and Food Intolerance
The link between food intolerance and constipation lies in the way the gut deals with the food that you are sensitive to. Once you consume the food, your immunity is activated to rid the gut of the food you are intolerant with. This can result in a variety of effects depending on the type of immune reaction mounted.
In some cases, it may result in dysfunction of the large intestine (where most of the immune cells are), resulting in too much absorption of water from the gut contents passing through it. Normally, the large intestine finely balances the amount of water absorbed from this material to ensure both proper hydration and soft stools.
Symptoms of Constipation
When you are suffering from constipation, you may experience one or more of the following symptoms:
- Feeling bloated
- Anal tears
- Anal skin tags
- Reduced bowel movements
- Small or hard stools
- Swelling at abdominal area
- Stomach pain
Health Risks of Constipation
Constipation that is increasing in severity can cause a number of health risks, including:
- Fecal impaction
- Intestinal obstruction
- Rectal prolapse
- Anal fissure
Fight Constipation with the PinnerTest Food Intolerance Test
There are both traditional and modern methods of treating constipation, and these have varying degrees of success in healing the condition. This is especially if the constipation is caused by some of the common problems such as not eating too much fiber.
However, if you have tried most of them or have chronic constipation with no aetiology, food intolerance might just be the cause. You can investigate it using the PinnerTest and use the information to design a diet that will help you avoid the symptoms of constipation.
Our PinnerTest is a state of the art test that makes use of cutting edge technologies such as the MicroARRAY-ELISA Method IgG test to find out if you have food sensitivity. You can expect stringent testing protocols and quality control measures when you opt for our PinnerTest.
If you experience frequent constipation and want to find out if it is partially or wholly caused by food intolerance, use our PinnerTest today. Give us a call or email us if you require additional information.