How we treat constipation in Guelph

Our experienced team of naturopaths helps people with constipation in Guelph and the surrounding area.  Constipation is not a disease but rather a symptom.  Numerous factors cause chronic constipation, therefore, there’s no “one treatment fits all” approach.  Every person is unique and requires their own individual treatment. Our approach typically involves exploring the following:

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How we treat constipation at the Guelph Naturopathic Medical Clinic
  • Identify food sensitivities – Food sensitivities (not to be confused with food allergies) are a common cause of chronic constipation.  These food intolerances are usually caused by an immune reaction involving IgG antibodies that can be identified using a blood test (1-3).  Elimination diets can also help identify the culprits. (4)
  • Promote digestion – Sluggish digestion can cause food to sit in the digestive tract.  Certain herbs can help stimulate digestion and ensure the rapid breakdown and descent of food.
  • Bulking agents – Certain fiber-rich foods can improve stool consistency, thus promoting regularity.
  • Osmotic laxatives – Dry stools become difficult to pass. Some minerals can help pull water into the bowels helping to hydrate the stool.
  • Manage stress – Although stress is not the primary cause of constipation, it can aggravate and precipitate episodes.  Stress management may help improve constipation. (4, 5)
  • Improve gut flora –  Some “bad” bacteria produce methane gas that inhibits peristalsis and leads to constipation.(6)  Reducing these “bad” bacteria and supplementing with “good” bacteria can help resolve constipation.
  • Remove bloating – Herbs rich in essential oils can help reduce symptoms associated with constipation including bloating and gas.

Who can help relieve your constipation in Guelph area?

Matt-Gowan-naturopath-guelphDr. Matt Gowan is a naturopathic doctor with over 15 years of clinical experience.  He has a special interest in digestive conditions including bloating, IBS, colitis, heartburn, diarrhea, infantile colic, and constipation.  In addition, he is a professor, author, and researcher. He currently sees patients at Guelph Naturopathic Medical Clinic. Please contact him to get help with your constipation in Guelph.

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