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It may sound strange but it is normal to have 2-3 bowel movements a day. A large percentage of people are troubled by constipation, which can be characterized by hard stools, long or incomplete bowel movements or bowel movements only 1-2 times a week.

 

Possible causes:

• Diet low in fiber and other nutrients

• Lack of exercise

• High consumption of dairy

• Stress

• Reduced water intake

• Hypothyroidism

• Pharmacology, e.g. antacids for the stomach

• Neurological disorders, e.g. Parkinson

• Autoimmune diseases, e.g. Multiple Sclerosis

• Depression

• Eating disorders

• Irritable bowel and other intestinal disorders

 

How the Nutritional Therapy Athens Clinic can help

Our main concern is to discover the cause of constipation. We start by recording your full health history and recommending special functional tests that will show any hormonal, thyroid, gastrointestinal, immune system disorders, possible nutrient deficiencies or any food intolerances, among others.

 

Personalized Nutritional Strategy

After the diagnostic assessments comes the development of an individualized nutritional strategy, including special nutritional supplements and suggestions for a healthy lifestyle and exercise, while avoiding foods that worsen the condition like white flour, dairy. We incorporate in the diet plan foods rich in fiber such as fruits, vegetables, legumes, nuts and whole grains; selected amino acids to support the nervous and muscle system, minerals such as magnesium and vitamins like vitamin C, vitamin B5, specific bacterial species probiotics and herbs, among others. We support the digestion and the assimilation with natural ingredients such as gastrointestinal enzymes.