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Constipation

ConstipationJudging from the sales of laxatives in the US - over $750 million a year - constipation is a problem for a lot of people. From infants to the elderly, irregular bowel movements interfere with health and vitality.

“Despite being considered by many a relatively benign condition, childhood constipation has been shown to be associated with a significantly decreased quality of life,” says Carlo Di Lorenzo, MD, chief of Gastroenterology, Hepatology, and Nutrition at Nationwide Children's and professor at The Ohio State University College of Medicine. Undoubtedly, the same can be said to be true for all age groups.

The symptoms of constipation are obvious and include infrequent bowel movements, hard stools, and difficulty passing stools. The side effects of constipation commonly include abdominal discomfort, bloating, gas, bad breath, headaches, nausea, and fatigue. It's no wonder laxative sales are big business.

Instead of relying on harsh stimulant laxatives that force your digestive tract into overdrive - which deprives your body of nutrients as food is rushed along - or chugging down massive quantities of gelatinous fiber drinks, consider the gentler, easier methods offered at Your HealthWorks to help your digestive tract perform optimally.

Magnesium

Magnesium is a chemical element that chemists refer to by the symbol Mg, but Mg never exists by itself anywhere on the planet. It is embedded in rocks, or molten in earth, or dissolved in seawater.

Magnesium is essential to life, found in every living cell and involved in every physiological process we rely on to live. Our energy currency is called ATP, and magnesium is essential for its production and utilization. Magnesium plays a vital role in the contraction and relaxation of muscles, including skeletal muscles, as well as the of the gastrointestinal tract, and muscles regulating blood flow, blood pressure and breathing passages. Our heart is a muscle, and regulation of the electrical and muscular function of the heart depends on magnesium. Optimal mental and emotional function require adequate magnesium for neurotransmitter and hormone production.

Solutions for Constipation

Tallying up the sale of laxatives in the US—over $750 million a year—constipation appears to be quite a problem for a lot of people. From infants to the elderly, irregular bowel movements interfere with health and vitality. 

The symptoms of constipation are obvious and include infrequent bowel movements, hard stools, and difficulty passing stools. The side effects of constipation commonly include abdominal discomfort, bloating, gas, bad breath, headaches, nausea, and fatigue. It’s no wonder laxative sales are big business.